Jonathan Cowan

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Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
 
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This presentation serves as an introduction to using text evidence in writing as a way of justifying arguments. In this presentation, students learn the basic structure of embedding text evidence to justify an argument, specifically in this case the
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This zipped file contains a series of student led lessons intended to provide a brief overview of how the Nazi regime used propaganda to appeal to children, school age teenagers and adults. There are three lessons contained, all of which utilize
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I use these question starters teach my students how to generate quality discussion questions for their literature circles and other classroom discussions. I have included question starters that are literature specific for all levels of Bloom's
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This is a printable resource I created for students as they go to reflect on their reading through one of six metacognitive reading strategies. I use this for an out of class reading assignment as well a staple in my Literature Circles units. For
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Language Arts is a discipline the genius, creativity and playfulness of rap music is all too often left out due to a variety of limiting factors for regular inclusion within the classroom. So to come across a legitimate hip hop song by one of my
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This is my quarter long curriculum to teach basic leadership skills to incoming seventh graders. This program has been so successful that our school has determined it necessary for every incoming seventh grader to take. The concepts may seem simple
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When I being teaching Media Literacy, I think it's important to build the case to students that what we see in media affects the way we view the world. In this case, I show them about the basic assumptions we are instinctually trained to have about
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This is a guided assignment to teach students how to use text evidence to justify a specific theme in a piece of text using direct quotations. I typically put my example (included) on the smartboard prior to the assignment and call students at
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One of the best management and motivation strategies I've come across in my classroom is teaching students how to write quality discussion questions about a given piece of text. That being said, Common Core standards put a definitive shift in focus
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This is a literature circles/book clubs unit I use to teach skills of literary analysis as we read the book 'Night.' That being said, this unit can be adapted to any text as I've left the file as a modifiable word document. Included is everything
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This is a self guided lesson plan to introduce the concept of Bloom's Taxonomy to a class. I have included student generated answers from my experiences doing this with classes. I use this to begin teaching students how to generate discussion
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This is an overview I show my 8th grade Language Arts Students, then make available online for them to review, which gives an introduction to the art of blending quotations with their words when they write essays. The examples I use come from the
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This is a simple, formative introduction to the concept of Irony. There are two assignments to be used as formative assessment of student understanding with a standards based rubric for self and teacher assessment. There is a suggestion of how to
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This is a mini lesson I use to teach my 8th grade Language Arts students how to write conclusions in a literary essay. For the mini lesson itself, I deconstruct a conclusion paragraph I wrote based on an imaginary thesis statement about the threat
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This lesson starts with a brief introduction/review of the concepts of symbolism, metaphor and extended metaphor. In my class I reference 'The Veldt,' but this component of the lesson could easily be changed to reference any short story you've
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This is a lesson to teach students the basic concept of how media is constructed to 'rent eyeballs,' in that target audiences are selected and media is crafted specifically for them. Included is a brief animated PowerPoint with three embedded videos
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This is a lesson spent defining, comprehending and applying the word dehumanization to examples from student's lives. I use this lesson in my room before we start studying the Holocaust and eventually 'Night.' That being said, this lesson would work
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Use this lesson to teach your class how to have an effective meeting for Literature Circles. While this file is fully modifiable, it currently is formatted to teach the literature circles units in my store. I have included a teacher guide at the
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It never ceases to amaze me how the simplest instruction and expectations can make such a significant difference in student behavior. If you're attempting to create a classroom of successful student led group work, this simple overview and activity
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This presentation, formatted for selective note taking, features an explanation of protagonist and antagonist, an overview of direct and indirect characterization and an explanation of the elements of indirect characterization in student friendly
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm in my 5th year of teaching 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts. In the past few years I have created a highly successful intro to leadership curriculum which has been adopted at our school as a mandatory class for all incoming 7th graders.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a personable and easy going teacher within the context of a highly functioning classroom, but instill quite a bit of structure to ensure a healthy classroom environment. My highest objectives are to engrain in students a true sense of independence to apply the skills and concepts taught in my classroom to their own experience beyond the year they spend with me.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My evaluations have been consistently graded as exemplary for both my instruction and classroom management.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended Western Washington University where I majored in English Literature with an emphasis on Education. I completed my Master in Teaching immediately following and am Washington State certified in secondary Language Arts and Middle Level Social Studies.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys kiteboarding, downhill mountain biking, snowboarding and hiking. I believe in a classroom where students feel safe and respected, where wrong answers are never handled punitively, but rather as an opportunity for learning.

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