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Use three levels of questioning (a Pre-AP strategy), students will analyze the poem "Oranges." This document also includes a visual for students about the three levels of questions.
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This is a pre-reading activity to do with students before reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. Make signs that say Agree, Disagree, Strongly Agree, and Strongly Disagree. Give students time to answer the questions, and then lead them in the 4
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This is a Powerpoint with a good strategy for students about how to integrate quotes from a book into their own essay writing. It specifically uses examples from A Long Way Gone, but this is a general strategy that I use for any book that I teach.
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Before reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, I show students several interview videoclips with the author. The URL to the videoclips are included. Students answer multiple questions about the videoclips that prepare them for the issues presented
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This multiple-choice quiz focuses on reading comprehension, analysis, and literary terms. There is also a writing prompt for a literary paragraph. There is a rubric for the literary paragraph in my store.
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This is a generic book test for students who are reading books independently.
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This PowerPoint is an example of the AVID Seven Step Poetry Analysis strategy. It uses the poem "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. This PowerPoint provides scaffolding to students.
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This is a graphic organizer for students to keep of character development as they read The Kite Runner. The graphic organizer includes learning targets and directions. I have students work on this packet in groups as we read the novel.
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This test for The Kite Runner focuses on character development and vocabulary. Students are asked to match descriptions of the characters to the characters, quotes from the characters to the characters, and then to fill in sentences with the correct
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This multiple-choice quiz focuses on reading comprehension, analysis, and literary terms. There is also a writing prompt for a literary paragraph. There is a rubric for literary paragraphs in my store and an activity that goes along with the writing
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Even though Night by Elie Wiesel is non-fiction, the author writes in a poetic way, including many examples of figurative language. This assignment asks students to find and explain examples of metaphors and similes. The objectives are to identify
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This is a study guide for A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.
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In this activity, students will use critical thinking skill to develop levels of questions about the poem "In Response to Executive Order 9066" by Dwight Centers. The levels of questioning technique is a Pre-AP strategy; a visual about the levels of
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This test focuses on comprehension, analysis, and literary terms. The short story "Life is Sweet at Kumansenu" and the literary term foreshadowing are an emphasis.
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This activity asks students to analyze the changing relationships of several of the main characters in The Kite Runner. Students work in partners to look for important quotes, and then analyze the quotes. After this close reading and analysis,
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This is a PowerPoint with directions for students and teachers for how to run a student-led discussion. It also includes five questions for students to discuss.
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This is an essay assignment for A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. It includes a through description of the assignment, learning targets, and a rubric that is organized by learning target.
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This is a pre-test to use before teaching literary terms.
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This is a graphic organizer for "The Bet" by Anton Chekov. It provides students with a question, and then space to write reasons for and against. It can be used as a basis for a discussion or a debate or as a pre-writing activity. This is a modified
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This is a quiz for the first third of The Kite Runner. It includes three parts: matching characters to descriptions, matching character quotes to characters, and fill in vocabulary words into sentences.
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This is my ninth year of teaching English. I have taught a variety of classes, including 9th grade Literature and Writing and Oral Communications, 10th grade World Literature, Introduction to Poetry, Teen Literature, and College Writing. Also, I was a PLC Leader for several years and was on the Curriculum Review Committee.

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I received a BA in English with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies from the University of St. Thomas. Also, I received a M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Minnesota.

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