Gretchen Blynt

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Gretchen Blynt
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"I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance." ~e.e. cummings
 
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By Gretchen Blynt
This bundle includes 4 major projects and activities for use in a unit on The Book Thief. It includes an introductory, an ongoing, a summary, and a follow-up activity. Each activity comes with a description and suggestions for use. Activities
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
$4.00
54 ratings
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By Gretchen Blynt
This activity is a great way to conclude a unit. Students go back through the text and dig for details about the books for which all the sections of the novel are named. After finding several details, they then try to delineate meaning from their
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
$1.00
16 ratings
4.0
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By Gretchen Blynt
This bundle includes 6 major projects and activities for use in a unit on The Old Man and the Sea. It includes introductory material, during reading tasks, a final activity, and a major writing assignment. Each activity comes with a description
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Novel Study
$4.00
4 ratings
3.8
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By Gretchen Blynt
This activity is a great way to start a unit on the play Julius Caesar. It makes students more interested in the time period and culture, before delving into the Shakespearean language of the text. The PowerPoint presentation provides information
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations
$1.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By Gretchen Blynt
This bundle focuses on digraphs and can be used alone or in conjunction with a phonics program. Students like this interactive tool as a way to review on a more independent level. The graphics also help visual learners. The bundle includes four
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.3a, RF.2.3
$3.00
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By Gretchen Blynt
These cartoons are a fun way to teach vocabulary in a way that makes it more meaningful to individual students; lives. Use them as visual aids during lessons and reviewing, or show them as models and have students make their own. I like to plaster
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Study Guides, Test Prep, Word Walls
$5.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Gretchen Blynt
This bundle focuses on initial consonant blends, specifically with “r” and “l” and can be used alone or in conjunction with a phonics program. It is a good next step after CVC words. Students sort pictures of words with the same first consonant by
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.1.2a, RF.1.2b, RF.2.3
$4.00
4 ratings
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By Gretchen Blynt
This bundle includes all the materials for a complete unit on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby with 8 activities and 9 PowerPoint presentations. It contains pre-reading, during reading, and after reading assignments for in-class,
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Assessment
$10.00
4 ratings
3.8
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By Gretchen Blynt
This bundle includes a wealth of materials to supplement a unit on Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman with 9 major lessons and activities including assignment sheets, sample answers and projects, evaluation rubrics, and guiding PowerPoints.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$8.00
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By Gretchen Blynt
This bundle includes 10 major projects and activities for use in a unit on Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. It includes pre-reading, during reading, and after reading, summative assignments. Each activity comes with a description and suggestions
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$8.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Gretchen Blynt
This collection of PowerPoint presentations provides introductory information and images for any Shakespeare unit. They are ready to use as downloaded, or they can be adapted to specific needs. They can serve as a review of each act and scene, a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Minilessons
$4.00
2 ratings
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By Gretchen Blynt
This activity is a good introduction to any unit on a play, especially Shakespearean dramas. It provides basic information about the three types of dramatic speech (monologue, soliloquy, and aside) and includes two in-class practice tasks requiring
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Minilessons
$1.00
1 rating
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By Gretchen Blynt
This collection of PowerPoint presentations provides clarification, additional historical information, translations of important speeches and images to help students fully comprehend Shakespeare’s text. Each presentation outlines an act of the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Mini-Course
$6.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Gretchen Blynt
This project can be used alongside regular unit lessons in basic comprehension and analysis as a way to infuse some creative writing or can be presented as a final project. It contains four separate writing tasks that can be utilized individually
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
$3.50
1 rating
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By Gretchen Blynt
This collection of questions can be used as homework assignments, exit tickets, journal prompts or discussion starters for literature circles. They are organized by the 10 divisions of the text and include page numbers that can either be provided
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Novel Study, Homework, Literature Circles
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By Gretchen Blynt
15 Slide Sample--50 Slide Bundles Available for Purchase. These cartoons are a fun way to teach vocabulary in a way that makes it more meaningful to individual students; lives. Use them as visual aids during lessons and reviewing, or show them as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Study Guides, Test Prep, Word Walls
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have worked in a small rural K-12 school for 7 years. I spent my first 2 years in middle school special education and the past 5 years in middle and high school English, teaching mainly 9th and 10th grades, with some deviations over the years. I have taught both regular English courses and smaller, remediation lab-type classes. I also teach a dance elective course open to students in grades 7-12. Recently I have added some special education, elementary self-contained English/reading to my schedule.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a firm believer in the importance of the arts in education. I'm very lucky to be able to share that directly in my dance elective, but I also incorporate the visual, music, and movement-based arts in my English classes whenever possible. My goal is to create thinkers and problem-solvers, rather than skilled test-takers, and I have watched arts-based education further that end.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I hold NYS teaching certificates in the following areas: English 7-12, Students with Disabilities--English 7-12, Childhood Education 1-6, Students with Disabilities 1-6, Dance K-12 I've also published educational editorials in New York newspapers in Syracuse, Ithaca, Binghamton, and Elmira and have had a letter to the editor appear in American Educator.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. English/Dance from SUNY University at Buffalo '04 M.A.ed Special Education from The College of William and Mary '06

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to teaching in the public school environment, I have also taught at several area dance studios.

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