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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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High school writing prompts to get students writing and thinking about ideas that matter. When your students use these prompts they will --get past past writer's block --write more fluently --begin class by calmly focusing on an idea --develop
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This handout and lesson plans will empower your student to understand the elements of poetry and how they function to create meaning in a poem. Now included in this resource are a ready-to-go quiz, a jigsaw activity for teaching the content, and an
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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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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 and discussion about the themes and big ideas of the poems. In these two poems,
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These poetry lesson plans will enable you to teach your students how to read poetry. By the end of this seven-day unit, your high school students will have the skills and strategies that they need to read, analyze, and write about poetry
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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 writing prompts that will get your 11th grade students excited about writing? Do you want lessons that will help you bring their writing to the next level? Do you want guidance for what students should be writing in 11th grade
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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" by Langston Hughes, “Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem,” by Helene Johnson, and "We Were the Mask" by
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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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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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Teach your students how to analyze poetry by truly understanding poetic elements and how they function in works of literature. Then, get them exploring, discussing, and writing about the bigger themes of American Literature such as materialism,
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These two Anne Bradstreet poems 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 first poets of the nation, Bradstreet’s ideas on love, life, materialism, and the
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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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These poems explore themes of class, money, and dreams. They make a great addition to any discussion on the American dream, aligning with the messages of some texts, and adding a perspective not often seen in many texts. “If and When Dreams Come
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These inquiry-based thematic unit plans will add new voices to your discussion of the American Dream while examining three different artistic mediums. Your students will love this unit because they will be engaged by the powerful poems, the
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Peer conference checklists that are printable, ready-to-go handouts for students. These handouts include specific questions for working on descriptive essays, cause and effect essays, short stories, argument essays, and literary analysis essays.
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Engage your high school students with 100 creative writing prompts. When your students write with these prompts they will: —be more excited about writing —brainstorm potential topics for longer pieces —find some calm quiet time in a busy
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Want to push your students to read more challenging non-fiction? Want your students to learn why a fixed mindset is detrimental? Want to engage your students in metacognitive questions on their reading habits and expectations? Explore the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After fifteen 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.

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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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