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Lesson Plan for novel study on Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Included are objectives, procedures, sample vocabulary, sample Socratic seminar questions, kernel essay structure, and movie trailer project guidelines. My class likes to adapt materials as we
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Vocabulary selections and essential questions for use while reading and discussing The Misfits by James Howe
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Graphic organizer/chart for students to fill in as they read Greek or Roman mythology. Originally used with Edith Hamilton's Mythology but can be used with any myths. Column titles read: Hero's Trait or Action, Is this trait or action considered
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12 questions plus 10 student-selected vocabulary words for the Via chapter of the RJ Palacio book, Wonder.
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Graphic organizer for use with elements of Gothic Literature and the film, Edward Scissorhands
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Exit tickets for informal assessments while reading Homer's Odyssey. Exit tickets are in a graphic organizer (text boxes), so students can self-select a prompt or question and answer directly on the ticket. The tickets can be used daily or as you
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Graphic Organizer chart for Nick, Gatsby, Tom, Daisy, Myrtle, Wilson, Jordan, Owl Eyes, and Party Goers focusing on background, personality, and supporting quotes. Additional questions regarding social class at the end.
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A short PowerPoint project based on a self-selected Aesop's fable. Students present their fable with a reading strategy to aid comprehension. They explore PowerPoint and determine how to best create a visually appealing presentation. They peer
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5 question short answer quiz on Gawain and the Green Knight from King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green. Answer key is included.
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Idioms and vocabulary, plus 13 questions and quotes based on the reading culminating with an essential question that could be used as a writing prompt.
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Eight (8) questions to accompany Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. The questions are a combination of essential questions and reading comprehension questions.
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Vocabulary and Questions for Parts 6 and 7 of the novel, Wonder.
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Graphic Organizer on symbols in Gatsby. Included is an answer key.
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Determine Greek Mythology counterparts for the characters in Bone Gap by Laura Ruby A short section on allusions is included.
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Character Bag project based on the characters in Nikki Grimes' novel, Bronx Masquerade. A rubric and planning T-chart are included. Students decorate the exterior of a lunch bag with symbols, images and text of a character's physical description,
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Essay frame for use with the Odyssey which employs Gretchen Bernabei's kernel writing structure. Students focus on art and a truism or quote before connecting both to literature, film and life.
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17 Regular and Honors questions on Chapters 6 and 7 of The Great Gatsby. There is a text box for students to select vocabulary for these chapters.
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10 critical thinking questions for the final August chapter in Wonder.
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Graphic Organizer to compile and determine symbols throughout the novel
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Text box for students to select vocabulary from this section of The Great Gatsby. Plus 16 regular and honors questions and quotes.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I fell into teaching while living overseas. Who knew schools would knock on your door inquiring about your degree and availability? Once in the classroom I was hooked. What is not to love about teaching English to ELLs? I taught overseas for 9 years and then returned to the states to teach in TX, NC, and FL. Unfortunately, I don't work with ELLs anymore but I still teach middle school which is a great consolation prize.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Problem-based learning sums up my teaching style. I strive to incorporate cooperative learning through problem solving. The kids respond well to real-life situations even if they are historical problems. English can be a drag to many students but by tossing in a problem to solve--boom--they are thinking and using English. The partner work and team work develops a variety of skills: negotiation, persuasion, conversation, etc

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended Florida State University but ultimately finished my degree at the University of Puerto Rico. Studying in another language offered great insights into the struggles of language learners.

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