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Want to teach your students the digital literacy they need to stop the spread of fake news on social media but don't have the time to develop a lesson plan on this new and ever-developing topic? Included in this common core aligned resource is
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Want to help the spread of fake news on social media? This introductory lesson is a “test” of sorts to see how much students know about the difference between fake news and real news. Students love taking quizzes that don't really count for
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Shakespeare's themes of gender, cross dressing, bullying, messages, love, class, and drunkenness make Twelfth Night a play that is especially timely today. Students will quickly realize how much this play speaks to questions and ideas that are
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This narrative writing unit includes writing ideas, prompts, exercises, and lesson plans that work for six days of packed classes. After the unit is over, you will see a noted improvement in your students' essays. Students love these lessons
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Questions on Langston Hughes' poem "Let America Be America Again" encourage close reading, analysis of poetic elements, as well as deeper thinking and discussion about the themes and big ideas of the poems. This poem expresses disillusionment as
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Do you want to change your students’ attitudes and teach them those elusive social emotional skills that are so necessary for success in school and outside the classroom? Made famous by psychologist Carol Dweck, the growth mindset is more than just
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Do you want to deepen your students understanding of the immigration experience? Questions on two poems about immigration and the America dream will get your students doing close reading and analysis of poetic elements, as well as deeper thinking
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Need a complete guide to the poetic elements that you can use in your classes tomorrow? These complete lesson plans will empower your students to understand the elements of poetry and how they function to create meaning in a poem or other literary
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Do you want to empower your students with the skills they need to read, analyze, and write independently about challenging poetry? The method that students will learn in these lessons is to unpack a poem using a graphic organizer and to understand
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Looking for lesson plans to empower your students to fearlessly make mistakes, try new things, and grow their brains? Made famous by psychologist Carol Dweck, growth mindset is more than just a belief in effort. There are a few key elements that
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Do you want rigorous writing prompts that will get your 11th grade students excited about writing and prepared for the challenges they’ll face this year? If you teach 11th grade English, you know that it can be a tough year. Students are preparing
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Get your students analyzing poetry and discussing difficult yet important questions with this engaging lesson on two iconic poems. This poetry lesson teaches close reading and literary analysis by examining two different poems and their views on
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Do you want writing prompts to empower your high school students to think deeper, analyze more thoroughly, feel confident, and take their writing to the next level? Teaching writing is not easy. But when you teach with these high school writing
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Looking for multiple voices and perspectives to add to your thematic unit on The American Dream or The Great Gatsby? Hoping to integrate an inquiry based unit to your ELA class? Want your students to question the complicated reasons why the
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Looking for printable peer conference handouts to get your students working collaboratively to improve their writing? Peer conferences can be very tricky—it’s often tough to get students to actually offer constructive feedback or even stay on task.
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A growth mindset unit, a personal narrative essay unit, a unit on how to teach poetry, and a guide to teaching with reading logs—this bundle has everything you need to teach your students to dig deep and think for themselves, to write about
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These three challenging but accessible poems from the Harlem Renaissance all deal with themes of the American Dream. Within that broad topic, "Harlem" (also known as "Dreams" or "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes, “Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem,”
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Want to get your students excited about writing? Engage your high school students and establish the backbone of your daily writing routines with the 100 creative writing prompts included here. All of these prompts are designed for freewriting. If
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"To My Dear And Loving Husband" and "Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 18th, 1666" by Anne Bradstreet serve as an introduction to a Puritan world view, as well as to some of the earliest values of the United States. As one of the
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Want to get your 10th grade classes to dig deeper in their analysis of literature while having fun with creative writing? Integrate creative writing into your class every day with these innovative prompts and exercises. This resource will help
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After sixteen years in the classroom--taking risks, researching new methods, and working hard to figure out how to teach my students to think for themselves--I know what works. I have written my own curriculum for over 25 books; I have prepared students for the MCAS, SAT, and AP tests; I have helped hundreds of students write successful college essays. If you want to learn how to find success in just about any kind of writing; if you want to learn how to approach a challenging text and understand it; if you want to learn why studying English is so much fun and really worth your time, I can teach you what you need.

MY TEACHING STYLE

One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received as a teacher was that at the end of the day, the students should have worked harder than I did. I don't do the "sage on the stage" lecture. Instead, I empower students with the skills to find their own answers. In the end, what they've learned is to think for themselves.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a MA from Stanford in English Literature and a BA from Barnard College, also in English literature.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

After many years as a public school teacher, I have moved my family to a rural eco village. When I'm not busy homeschooling my kids, I am hauling water to our off-grid home or meeting with neighbors about how best to work together.

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