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Teaching Grit lesson plan: Teach students how to persevere. In this lesson, students work cooperatively with their peers and teacher to solve a problem: What is grit? How can we teach character traits like “grit”? The lesson starts with vocabulary
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"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker: Close Reading Lessons (4 days) This detailed, four-day close reading lesson guides students through Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" and asks them to make insights about characters, themes, and symbols in Walker's
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In this lesson, students learn about the qualities of good thesis statements, practice critiquing thesis statements, write their own, then engage in a peer review activity and a revision activity. At the end of the day, everyone has a stronger draft
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These lessons can work as a standalone mini-unit to introduce students to Banned Books Week and censorship, or it can be incorporated into a larger unit about censorship. In the first lesson, students consider why people censor, examine a list of
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Critical Graffiti for Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" This is a cooperative learning activity that emphasizes deeper understanding of a topic and reflection. What's included in this resource? *Lesson plan for facilitating analysis of Amy Tan's "Mother
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PERSEPOLIS bundle: Jigsaw Activity & Reflecting on Stereotypes Assignment Jigsaw Activity: Analyzing characters and representations of the veil in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis Reflecting on stereotypes: This resource for Marjane Satrapi's
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Stanford Prison Experiment website guide & essay for ELA or Social Studies: The Stanford Prison Experiment offers fascinating insights into power, and the forces that can corrupt all of us. This text pairs well with units that explore darkness,
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This lesson can work as a stand-alone plan to introduce students to Banned Books Week and censorship, or it can be incorporated into a larger unit about censorship. In this lesson, students consider why people censor, examine a list of frequently
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Back to school resource includes the following resources: Teaching Grit, Growth Mindset, Respectful Dialogue, Gratitude, Asking Good Questions Lesson, Debating Disability, Graphic Organizers! What's included in this bundle: Growth Mindset:Use this
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Media Literacy Unit: Gender and Media In this mini-unit, students read non-fiction texts and engage in research in order to address their guiding question: How does the media influence our understanding of gender? The research component of this unit
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Lesson bundle: Thesis statement workshop to help students formulate strong claims & peer review workshop for completed essay drafts. Thesis statement workshop: Students learn about the qualities of good thesis statements, practice critiquing
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Practicing Gratitude Lesson Use this for Thanksgiving before break or anytime during the year to get students thinking about gratitude: The benefits, and how they can practice gratitude in their own lives. What's included: *Lesson
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Asking Good Questions Lesson:Help students to lead discussions in any classroom! Use this lesson to teach your students how to pose meaningful questions. Students begin by learning the features of level 1-3 questions. They then apply their
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Students analyze Abel Meeropol's "Strange Fruit," and then compare three musical interpretations of the poem. Use this resource to address the Common Core, and spark critical discussions about music, race, and gender. Included in this
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In this Common Core-aligned three-day mini-unit, students conduct a comparative analysis of "On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phillis Wheatley and "The Middle Passage" by Olaudah Equiano. Included in this resource: Detailed, three-day
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Engage your students with informational texts before, during, or after reading "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. Students will work collaboratively in small groups to unravel the controversy behind The Grapes of Wrath and address complex
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Use this fully editable Growth Mindset lesson to help Middle School students understand the differences between a "fixed" mindset and a "growth" mindset, and to help students identify classroom behaviors that will help everyone grow. This is a great
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Short Stories Bundle: "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, "American History" by Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Ursula Le Guin's "She Unnames Them" These in-depth, detailed lessons can be taught as their own unit or can be incorporated into other units on
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"American History" by Judith Ortiz Cofer: Close Reading Lesson for ELA 9-12 This lesson guides students through a close reading of Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “American History,” a short story told from the perspective of a young Puerto Rican girl living
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Nineteen Organizers for the ELA Classroom: Thematic analysis, character analysis, organizing evidence, organizing essays, analyzing irony, rhetorical analysis, determining and analyzing purpose, close reading art, generic quick write resource,
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I am a certified 7-12 English Language Arts instructor in New York where where I teach high school and college-level English courses.

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I believe that the person who is doing the most talking is doing the most learning. That's why I'm interested in planning lessons that are student-centered, and that imagine the teacher as a facilitator. Focus: Critical thinking, media literacy, cooperative learning, student-centered learning, #CCSS

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My work has appeared on ReadWriteThink, and I was previously a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend grant recipient.

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M.A. English M.A.T. Adolescence Education

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