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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green Chapter One Quiz or Test, common core aligned. This file includes a quiz/ test with: * 15 multiple choice questions * 5 short answer questions * 2 essay prompts * 3 bookmarks Answer keys included. This is
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Use mentor sentences to teach grammar and improve vocabulary while reading A Separate Peace by John Knowles. These activities are made for secondary students and will help students analyze word choice and sentence structure. Students will interact
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This is a portion of a larger unit for The Old Man and the Sea. This lesson has worksheets that will guide the students in identifying similes, breaking them apart, tying figurative language to their lives, organizing their thoughts, and presenting
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While students fall in love with reading The Hunger Games, show them how grammar is a natural part of reading. This is a FREEBIE for a larger download in my Mentor Sentences in The Hunger Games series. I have taken sentences from Chapter 1 of the
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Over 30 high school writing prompts! Use these as bell ringers, for inclusion in journals, or as a way to end class. This product contains over 30 writing prompts. I used these with my sophomores for their journals, which they did every day. The
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This file includes four quotes from Judy Blume. I use quotes several ways in my classroom: 1. As bell ringers, and have students write about a quote's meaning. 2. As classroom decor. 3. As enhancements when I teach a certain author or unit. I
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Teaching grammar while reading Catching Fire will show students how grammar is a natural part of reading. This is a FREEBIE for you to see how your students enjoy learning grammar through mentor sentences. I have taken sentences from Chapter 1 of
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Throughout the year, I help my students reevaluate or set goals. With my high school and middle school students, I do this first after the first quarter, during the fall, and while students still have an opportunity to make meaningful changes in a
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This freebie gives questions for before viewing Catching Fire, and questions for after viewing Catching Fire. The questions are open-ended enough that students will not have needed to read the book before seeing the movie - watching the trailer may
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This freebie is a nonfiction assignment for secondary students. Included are a specific article students can read AND questions. * A link to a nonfiction article (published in September 2013), titled "Congrats Tokyo, Now Meet the Olympics Curseā€ *
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Tired of reviewing for that standardized English test? Your students might be too. Use task cards to get students talking, moving, and breaking out of their test-prep-funk. This freebie has 12 task cards to help students review for the English
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Looking for public speaking activities? This activity will have students practicing their tone as they deliver messages. Students will experience how tone can quickly change the meaning of their messages. This speech activity can be used for an
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Study any novel, short story, or nonfiction piece from a grammatical point of view with these activities. This is part of my mentor sentences that study grammar from literature and nonfiction, where students study grammar from their readings, and
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Twenty middle school writing prompts! Use these as bell ringers, for inclusion in journals, or as a way to end class. This product contains 20 writing prompts. I used these with my seventh graders for their journals, which they did every day. The
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Teachers often start classroom newsletters, but become discouraged filling one with valuable information. This free newsletter piece focuses on grammar. Feel free to insert it into a newsletter or on social media - royalty-free. Parents often have
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This FREE product contains a list of characters from "The Odyssey" as well as a fun binder sheet. The characters and page numbers are associated with the graphic novel "The Odyssey" by Gareth Hinds. If you are teaching a different version of "The
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Hashtag a character and have fun! Students use hashtags on social media. With this modern activity, students will hashtag a character - and in the process, analyze that character. It will work for any short story, novel, or play. Included are
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Improve student writing with one or all of these worksheets! These are perfect for high school grammar lessons. These worksheets specifically address the language common core standards that ask students to apply the knowledge of their grammar
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Need fun, no-frill bookmarks for older students? Sure you do! These are free, and include tags for your students! I use these at the end of each semester as a small gift to each student. I print numerous copies and allow students to choose one
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Looking for a non-food gift to send with older students as the school year ends? Here you go! These are free printables for the end of the school year. I use these at the end of the school year as a small gift to each student. I print numerous
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught for over a decade at four diverse settings. I began teaching at a "typical" high school in Illinois. I then taught for a year at an alternative school, grades 6-12. Throughout the past decade, I have instructed ACT prep (English, reading, writing) through a local community college. Today I teach freshmen and sophomores at a wonderful school in Illinois. After teaching a variety of students, my heart truly is with high school students. I also have written in the educational channel at Bright Hub and for the educational section at Everything Mom. My writing can also be found at PBS NewsHour.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am very systematic. Organization and structure are key for a safe and productive learning environment. When students understand expectations, they are willing to strive to meet them. With my teaching materials, I have clear instructions and diverse activities. With the introduction of the Common Core, a need for valuable and diverse grammar activities came to the teaching community. I teach the bulk of my grammar assignments from literature, so students can learn grammar as a natural part of language arts. Students learn best if their teachers provide them with a variety of learning methods. Creating so many activities is time consuming, especially in a world where time is so short. I am so happy to provide and buy lesson plans, worksheets, and testing materials.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In over ten years of teaching, I have applied for and received five classroom grants. My master's research project was published in ERIC Digest.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS--Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 2001 MA--Saint Xavier University 2008

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