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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.8, RI.9-10.10, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.7, W.9-10.10, SL.9-10.1...
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By GilTeach
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 grades
Subjects:
Critical Thinking
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Minilessons
$0.99
26 ratings
3.9
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By GilTeach
Looking to instill a powerful growth mindset in your high school students? Made famous by psychologist Carol Dweck, the growth mindset is more than just a belief in effort. No lectures, no power points—this is all rigorous, student-centered
Subjects:
Writing, Poetry, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6...
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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Homeschool Curricula, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.3a, W.11-12.3b, W.11-12.3c, W.11-12.3d, W.11-12.3e...
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By GilTeach
This narrative writing unit includes writing ideas, mentor texts, 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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Fun Stuff, Handouts
CCSS:
W.11-12.3, W.11-12.3a, W.11-12.3b, W.11-12.3c, W.11-12.3d, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5, W.11-12.10
$9.97
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By GilTeach
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 well
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1
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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.3d, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.10
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By GilTeach
Looking for some engaging no-prep activities to introduce your classes to the theory of growth mindset?Made famous by psychologist Carol Dweck, the growth mindset is more than just a belief in effort. There are a few key elements that must be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Character Education, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts
CCSS:
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1c, SL.11-12.1d, SL.11-12.2
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By GilTeach
A modern feminist retelling of the Salem Witch Hunts of the Puritan period, this contemporary poem by Margaret Atwood is a great choice for teaching poetic devices as well as for exploring some of the major themes of American Literature.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1
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By GilTeach
Need a complete guide to the poetic devices that you can use in your classes tomorrow?Covering everything from diction to figurative language, from syntax to enjambment, and from tone to speaker, these complete lesson plans will empower your
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.4, SL.11-12.1
$5.97
33 ratings
3.9
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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4
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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1
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By GilTeach
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,”
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.9a, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1
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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
Character Education
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.2, SL.5.1, SL.5.1d, SL.5.2, SL.5.4
$1.97
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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.10
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By GilTeach
In these two poems, Whitman and Hughes present parallel views of the American experience. Whitman’s poem is joyous and celebratory; Hughes’ poem is more skeptical, but it is not without hope. This handout of thorough and precise questions is
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.9a, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1
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By GilTeach
Looking for paired texts to add multiple voices and perspectives to your American Literature thematic unit on The American Dream or The Great Gatsby? Want your students to question the complicated reasons why the American Dream is not always
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.3, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.9a...
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$9.97
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By GilTeach
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.
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
W.9-10.5, W.9-10.10
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By GilTeach
Teach your students about growth mindset by getting them to analyze two powerful poems.While on the surface these two poems differ greatly in their tone and subject matter, both “The Writer” by Richard Wilbur and “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
Subjects:
Writing, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.10, W.11-12.9, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1
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By GilTeach
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Other
CCSS:
W.9-10.3, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.10
$1.99
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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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