Emily and Sarah

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Emily and Sarah
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"The function of education is to teach one to think intensely and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, is a beautifully written novel exploring themes of multiculturalism, complex family relationships, immigration, and friendship. The eight main characters are female, and the tales of four mothers born in China are
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"Better that one heart be broken in the retelling, if it means that a thousand other hearts need not be broken at all.”   This unit is complete from start to finish, with an emphasis on learning the history and culture of the time period, also
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This set of activities, meant to be completed within 2-3 class periods, focuses on practicing empathy, bullying identification and prevention, community development, and safe intervention strategies. The unit begins with a journal prompt, followed
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This is a short research and presentation activity able to be completed within a week. The “Who Am I” game is meant as an anticipatory set, where students will hopefully connect with an author before diving into their research. I encourage them to
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The Kite Runner is a moving, poignant portrayal of a privileged child growing up in Afghanistan just as the revolution begins. The protagonist and his father eventually emigrate to the United States, and have to cope with both their past and present
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Journal writing is one of my very favorite aspects of teaching. There are so many benefits: Conducted at the beginning of class daily (or on certain days), it establishes a routinely procedure. Regular writing improves writing skills,
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This bundle is based on Elie Wiesel's Night, including a collaborative photo essay, classroom morality debate, and thought-provoking journal prompts. Enjoy this free download; find the complete unit in our store.
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Explore Laura Esquivel's 'Like Water For Chocolate' with four complete vocabulary units. All editable Word documents,this 26-page bundle includes: *4 vocabulary assignments containing 15 excerpts from the text, allowing students to grasp context,
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This unit includes 4 vocabulary units featuring excerpts from Maya Angelou's beloved book. Each assignment includes 15 excerpts where students A) guess a word's definition using context, B) write the correct definition, C) use the word correctly in
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I taught high school for 6 years, the first two years in the SF Bay Area and the second 4 years in rural northern California. Freshman and sophomore years were my specialty, but I really enjoyed the occasional junior class. While teaching the classics is important, I also love including multicultural books, plays, poetry, and essays throughout the entire year. I find students learn so much more about themselves and the world around them if they are able to read a book, therefore "live a life", with a different perspective than their own.


I really got to know my students through interactive journaling, collected every two weeks. Group projects, cooperative learning, debates, and incorporating music/arts brought out the best in them. No one slept in my class!


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I attended public schools in the SF Bay area, then attended Diablo Valley College, where I earned my AA. I transferred to Chico State for my B.A. in Social Science, then returned to Cal State East Bay to earn my single subject teaching credential in English.


I now live in a rural, small town in northern California. I stopped teaching to raise my own children, and help regularly in their schools. I love this area, but also see the need for more cultural diversity and tolerance, which is what inspired me to join Teachers Pay Teachers. Much love to all the teachers out there--you are appreciated!

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