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Need some no-prep questions on Act 1 of The Crucible that you can use to engage your classes in Arthur Miller’s fascinating play by tomorrow? Need a quick quiz to assess if your students have truly worked through those questions on their own? Get
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Need some no-prep questions on Act 3 of The Crucible that you can use to engage your classes in Arthur Miller’s fascinating play by tomorrow? Need a quick quiz to assess if your students have truly worked through those questions on their own? Get
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Questions for close reading on Robert Frost’s iconic poem “The Road Not Taken” will get your students thinking about big ideas and questions that matter, as well as noticing how the smallest details of a poem contribute to meaning. This poem is one
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Do you want to empower your students with the skills and confidence to complete a close reading of any literary text? Learning to do a close reading of a literary passage is an important skill for so many reasons. When your students learn how to
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With 125 questions on the individual acts, 50 bellringer writing prompts, 5 different writing assignments, 2 quizzes, 1 test, 5 supplementary non-fiction and poetry texts with questions, and a guide to close reading with 7 passages for close
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Teaching students to complete a close reading of a literary passage is not an easy task for teachers, and yet, by following a few steps, by giving students comprehensive and understandable questions, and by going through the process together, it can
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With 125 questions for close reading to take your students through the details and the big ideas of the text, this Literature study guide is an effective, no-prep way to teach the play. The Crucible is a play that has many interesting facets for a
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Get your students writing better, thinking deeper, and analyzing the bigger ideas and themes of the play. With 50 bellringer prompts and 5 different writing assignments ranging from literary analysis to a cooperative play project, this resource
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This thematic unit on the Salem Witch Trials will get your students engaged in the bigger themes of colonial and Puritan America by reading engaging primary sources, poetry, and non-fiction. From their world view to their religious beliefs to
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Featuring close reading questions to help your students analyze carefully chosen challenging non-fiction passages from the writing of Cotton Mather, this resource will be a great addition to any unit on The Crucible, the Puritans, or the Salem Witch
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A modern feminist retelling of the witch hunts of the Puritan times, this poem by Margaret Atwood is a great choice for teaching poetic elements as well as for exploring some of the major themes of American Literature. “Half-Hanged Mary” is based
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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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This guide to reading response reaction journals based on quote analysis and close reading will get your students reading, analyzing, and writing about literature on their own. I have been teaching with reading logs for eleven years, and this guide
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This is the perfect unit for the end of the year—students will be engaged, have fun, work independently, and learn a great deal about poetry. And you won’t have to work so hard at the end of a busy year. After a full year of analyzing literature
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Audre Lorde’s poem “Hanging Fire” is an accessible and relevant poem that has been a favorite of my students for years. In this free verse poem, the teenage speaker worries about everything from braces to her own death. Students will love this
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Questions on close reading and poetic elements will engage your students in analyzing this modern poem. Sharon Old’s poem “The Victims”. is an exploration of the ways that family dynamics change as we all grow up. The speaker deals with her
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Questions on Margaret Atwood’s poem “Siren Song” 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 poem. This well-known poem by Margaret
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Poetry questions on close reading will get your students analyzing modern, relevant poetry and engaged in texts that matter. By examining the four poems below, students will gain perspective and empathy for people whose lives are likely very
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Brian Turner is a contemporary American poet and a veteran of the Iraq War. This engaging lesson explores the experience of listening to a poet read and explain his own poetry. Often, students see poetry as something that exists on paper—they read
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Critical thinking activities to take your students’ critical thinking skills and social emotional learning to the next level. Teach them to address their own flawed thinking by learning more about the biases that affect us all. With these
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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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