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This 2-day lesson (and 10-page packet) introduces and teaches how to punctuate dialogue in a fun way! Students punctuate jokes! What's included in the first lesson: an introduction that makes students discover the rules of punctuation; specific
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This document includes everything you need to teach the classic poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. First, it includes a before-reading activity and lesson plan where a student "scene" is set up (with props) and a prediction is made on a
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The classic short story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant! First, there is a 9-page handout where this classic story is on the left-hand side of the page. On the right, there are comprehension "aids": new vocabulary is defined, some
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This is at least a 2-day lesson on "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. It includes an idea and a worksheet on how to include The Simpson's video version of the poem (on the Treehouse of Horror episode, Season One). It also includes a 10-page document
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This lesson is for Chapter 7/8 of The Giver by Lois Lowry. It is a simulation of the Ceremony of Twelve. This will help students understand the gravity and meaning of this ceremony in the book, aiding in their comprehension of what Jonas is
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This document includes two lessons with interactive activities, as well as three reproducible worksheets to practice appositive phrases (two worksheets for in-class, and one worksheet for homework). The first uses the clip at the end of Shrek 2
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This 18-page document is intended for multiple days (around 5). It is interactive, engaging, and integrates both reading comprehension and writing - and also allows students to get to know one another! The document includes the following: 1) a
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This activity uses the comprehension skill of predicting to make students use clues from the text to hypothesize what will happen next. Students love this lesson! And they love this story! This is a lesson where the story is read aloud, but as
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This document includes the text of this engaging science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov and a 2-page worksheet to guide students' comprehension so that they have a successful reading experience. Specifically, it refers to things that students
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This handout is great for helping students comprehend Chapter 4 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. There are 8 sentences chosen from the text; these are placed under boxes where students are to draw what they "see". This is great for visualizing
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This lesson will introduce students to the three types of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. It includes an anticipatory set to instantly engage students, an objective, an interactive lesson, and a short assessment at the end. (Essentially,
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This is an engaging and detailed lesson (with step-by-step handouts included) on Chapters 9, 10, and 11 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. There is a Pictionary activity, as well as an activity recreating the crime scene (like
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This is an engaging teacher-led lesson plan - using the movie Monsters, Inc. and a text message example - to help students understand how context clues can give meaning to new words. This could be applied to a reading lesson, or to a vocabulary
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This lesson/activity/worksheet is engaging and fun, relevant to students, but also introduces students to three classic metaphor poems. It is also scaffolded to ensure success: first, there are teacher-led explanations and examples, then there are
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This lesson introduces adjective clauses in a fun way! It focuses a lot on combining two shorter sentences into one, more sophisticated sentence. It is interactive (one jar of Play-doh needed!) and and actually includes a couple teacher-led SUPER
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This lesson introduces participial phrases in an interactive, engaging way. Students watch a movie clip, see students act out a few suggested scenarios, and are given relevant examples to help them understand what participial phrases are, and how
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This document is a 9-page introductory lesson to affixes and why learning them is so important, as well as how when you know the meaning of one, you know the meaning of many words! This lesson is essentially a script for the teacher and tells
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Are you teaching The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and want an engaging discussion to take place regarding who has a better life - the Socs or the Greasers? Who are the actual "outsiders"? Do you want to also practice or teach persuasive essay writing,
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Students need access to computers for this activity. This activity teaches: eu-, anti-, cal-, mono-, pseudo-, -cide, corp-, dorm-, peri-, epi-, -ure, micro-, macro-, and in-. All of these 14 affix/roots are tested on the Illinois Standardized Test
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This document contains the entire text of Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. On the right of the text, there are comprehension questions and explanations, as well as vocabulary words defined, so as to ensure students are
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught language arts to both seventh- and eighth-grade students for over five years now. I have spent hours upon hours creating and fine-tuning my lesson plans, so that they are engaging and effective!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I want my students to be fully engaged at all times! In fact, I feel personally obligated to make each period one of discovery and critical thinking. This means that my lessons are always differentiated: I always consider multiple ability ranges, as well as learning styles (kinesthetic, visual, etc.) when I create them. I also anticipate a middle-school mindset and the interests of the students - for example, what will make them tick, what will wow them, what will "get them talking" as they leave. Essentially, no class is hum drum, no lesson is a "filler"! My lessons posted on this site are always extremely detailed - including even suggested dialogue and questions - and extensive.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was recognized by my principal for presenting "brilliant, innovative, robust, and creative" lesson plans - ones that fully engaged my students at all times. I also won the district’s Technology Excellence in the Classroom award and the Tech 2005 award, a statewide honor in which I presented a technology initiative at the Illinois capitol. I was also selected to be the Chairperson of our school’s Language Arts Committee, which was responsible for overhauling our curriculum. Our charge included spearheading educational issues and adopting a new textbook, scope, and sequence, among other initiatives. I have also led several workshops during in-service days, including one on engaging reading practices. Finally, I led the Creative Writing Club and co-led the Newspaper Club and have helped many students win writing and vocabulary awards!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated magna cum laude at Miami University in Ohio, majoring in both Psychology and Sociology. I then went on to receive my Masters in Teaching at National-Louis University in Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. I have attended a slew of workshops and conferences, including ones sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council and the Secondary Reading League, as well as other local professional development opportunities. I have also read and researched a great deal on how to be an effective educator!

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in Chicago, IL; I have been married four years; I have a one-year old son.