Kathryn McCreary

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This 48 page script retains much of Shakespeare's language, including many of the quotes that are familiar to us today. It is shortened and simplified for easy access by upper elementary through high school aged students. It has also been used in
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This 78 page set of activities, worksheets and answer sheets is designed to be used with K. McCreary's adapted script of Shakespeare's play "The Tempest". Figurative language exercises are provided for each act. Metaphor, simile, and personification
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This is a series of math lessons using percents, circle graphs, bar graphs, histograms, and reflective inquiry to examine the themes presented in David Smith's book "If the World Were a Village". There is a set of activities to accompany each of his
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These language arts activities are designed to follow each act in the Adapted Script For Shakespeare's Comedy Twelfth Night by K. McCreary. Included are true/false exercises, comprehension questions (called Quizzes) that require both lower and upper
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This 37 page script retains much of Shakespeare's original language, although it is shortened and simplified for easy access by upper elementary through high school aged students. This is the third in a series adapted by K. McCreary. The story
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This complete set of activities, worksheets, and answer sheets is designed to be used with K. McCreary's adapted script of Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". Figurative language exercises are provided for each act. Metaphor, simile,
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This 41 page adapted script of Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is the second in a series by K. McCreary. It retains much of the original language, including the beautiful figurative language that is so associated with this tragedy. It is
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This 26 page script is the fourth in a series, and it also retains much of Shakespeare's language, including such timeless quotes as, "Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full of the milk of human kindness," and "Out, damned spot!" It is shortened
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These language arts activities are designed to be used with the Adapted Script of Shakespeare's Macbeth by K. McCreary. Included for each act are selected quotes, lessons on figurative language and literary terms, true/false exercises, comprehension
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This lesson includes a graphic organizer and an outline for a compare and contrast essay to be used after students complete the reading of "No Guitar Blues" by Gary Soto, "Thank you Ma'am" by Langston Hughes, and "The Summer of the Beautiful White
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In 2008 I retired after 28 years of teaching regular and special education in Oregon and California. My first class, in 1971, was a non-graded primary that I designed for a small rural school in Oregon. After six years, I started a class in a new residential treatment center for seriously emotionally disturbed youngsters aged five through twelve. The three years I taught there I discovered how much can be done for troubled kids when there are resources and energy available for them and for their families. The cold winters in Central Oregon finally drove me and my family down to California, where I took a few years off to raise my first son and work on our organic orange orchard. Then I got a job in a special day class of third, fourth and fifth graders, which I thoroughly enjoyed for nine years. My move to secondary began with two years of SDC at the Jr. High level, followed by nine years as a Resource Specialist for ninth and tenth graders in English, Pre-Algebra and Tutorial. In addition to working with many interesting students of all ages, I have been privileged to work with some talented and energetic student teachers.


I began my career by borrowing many ideas from the British Infant School model. I thought then, and still believe, that students learn well from each other and from being engaged in projects and activities that require collaboration and problem solving. Writers' Workshop, Jr. Great Books questioning strategies, and (dare I say it?) Mathlands approaches all worked for me and for my students. I also have a very strong background in phonics and the mechanics of written English. I incorporated those lessons in daily opening activities using the personalities and interests of the kids as our subject matter. The creative arts have been an important component of my instruction. For example, students in my English classes have come to know and love some of Shakespeare's plays as they have gone through all stages of producing puppet shows from adaptations I have written. They love the puppets they make, and they also love the dialogue their puppets use and the challenge of putting on a performance that entertains an audience.


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I earned my first BA from San Francisco State College (now University) with a major in Radio-Television-Film and a minor in Drama. My second BA was from Western Washington State College (now University) with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Speech. I then completed work at the University of Oregon in Eugene for my Special Day Class Credential. When I moved to California I earned the Resource Specialist Credential from California State University Chico. Along the way I went through the SIRC (Science in Rural California) training, and completed the SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) program.


I currently volunteer four hours a day in a friend's sixth grade classroom, where I enjoy doing the work I've done for so long. When I am not at school, I work in our very large garden, write poetry and curriculum, read, take long walks, bicycle, swim, cook, play with the dogs, and attend plays, concerts, and movies when the budget permits. Being retired agrees with me. I highly recommend it.

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