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This handout talks about topic sentences, thesis statements: how they are similar and different, when they are perhaps the same, and how to strategically place them in written works of varying length. Provides visual cues and sample use of each. (KS
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This is a very simple MYP (Middle Years Programme) Global Contexts Poster, in case you find the standard International Baccalaureate display posters a bit busy for your taste or more difficult to reference. 42 x 59.4 cm (16.5 x 23.3 in.) but could
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This package provides materials to conduct a virtual field study of the Washington, D.C. area, including national monuments and memorials, the Capitol, and local interests such as George Washington's Mount Vernon. Contains contextual information for
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This writing project is a combination of written analysis and creative narration, and can be applied to almost any piece of literature. Could be used with a variety of grades from Middle School through High School. Project includes relevant Common
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This package contains materials for teachers who are embarking on a study of Justice. Provides a central idea and potential guiding questions, suggestions for all phases of learning (front loading, discussion, whole and small group, independent
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Short Story Draft Help: 1. planning sheet; and 2. expanding writing platform. This simple handout can be printed two sided and provide help for students stuck while in the process of writing a short story. Troubleshoots plot or character development
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This package contains materials for teachers who are embarking on a study of Tolerance. Provides a central idea and potential guiding questions, suggestions for all phases of learning (front loading, discussion, whole and small group, independent
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This package provides materials to conduct a virtual field study of the Historic Triangle Area in Virginia: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Contains contextual information for front loading the trip, a sample "itinerary," research forms,
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This extemporaneous speaking activity addresses several Common Core strands for grades 4-12: Speaking and Listening (presentation of knowledge and ideas) and Language (conventions of standard English and knowledge of language). Students use index
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Historic Mock Trial is a unit that takes a familiar form – mock trial – and augments the learning that takes place with the addition of actual historic situations and cases. It could be adapted to any number of grade levels, from grade eight and up,
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This Civil Conflict Project asks students to research a current, ongoing civil conflict, to prepare a website with what they have learned about the locale, the people, and the source of conflict plus a suggested solution, and to present this project
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When teaching students about why and how to cite sources in research and writing, they often focused on exceptions to ownership of intellectual property. To try to give them more of an understanding of how this works and why it is important, I
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Equivalent measures displayed: splash, dash, teaspoon, Tablespoon, cup, pint, quart, gallon, ounces/pounds and metric. (Also available as a poster) (KS Wordsmithy)
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Equivalent measures displayed: splash, dash, teaspoon, Tablespoon, cup, pint, quart, gallon, ounces/pounds and metric. (Also available in standard US Paper size) (KS Wordsmithy) 1587 x 2245, 42 cm x 59.4 cm, 16.54 in x 23.39 in
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Very simple Storyline Development Graph showing plot points graphically and in text (KS Wordsmithy)
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This document contains 20 pages of materials for introducing literary terms, including: practice forms (definition worksheet, activities to practice recognition and enhance understanding), quizzes (four), and a sample schedule of how to implement
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One method for augmenting student comprehension of written texts during pre-reading is ReQuest (or Reciprocal Questioning). This document describes the process, in a colorful display that could be printed. Please Note: Preview Thumbnail for this
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This handout provides students with a simple five paragraph essay format, discussed in text with reasoning (thesis statement, topic sentence, introduction, body paragraphs, main idea, opinion, facts, argument, supporting details, closing paragraph)
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This handout works with the basics of written argumentation in response to a text, and will help develop critical, close reading. Uses a short passage to provide a sample and prompt question, breaking down how to use the text's bias to guide
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This project could take from three days to two weeks, depending on different variables. Students in a unit of study concerning Ancient Greece are asked to use texts, digital resources, and research for a writing project involving the details of
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Current faculty of a local community college; 15+ years teaching, with clear Multiple Subject, clear Single Subject in English, and clear Reading Specialist Credentials, class room experience from Elementary through College Levels; Experience leading subject departments, coaching peers, organizing curriculum, and directing school-wide accreditation self-study teams; Non-teaching professional experience writing corporate training manuals and conducting research

MY TEACHING STYLE

Engaged; Inspired by the process of teaching and learning; and Innovating where there is opportunity to grow

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Clifford Heinz Prize in Peace Studies

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.A. in Cross-Cultural Teaching; M.S. in Education: Reading

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Active member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and ILA (International Literacy Association).

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