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By Laura Randazzo
What do Harry Potter, Frodo, and Katniss Everdeen all have in common? All of their stories (and so many others) fit the classic storytelling pattern of a heroic journey, as established by famed scholar Joseph Campbell. Using many of the steps of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, Prezis
FREE
88 ratings
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By Laura Randazzo
In chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby, our protagonist Nick Carraway comments that New York, and West Egg in particular, remind him of the classic painting by El Greco. Take a look at this vivid presentation, which will allow students to discuss and/or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Novel Study, Interactive Whiteboard
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By Laura Randazzo
This FREE handout explains a fresh approach to Sustained Silent Reading (S.S.R.) procedures to your students. As you’ll see, I use “book talks” with my students instead of traditional book reports, posters, or speech presentations. The SSR book talk
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Handouts, Printables
FREE
214 ratings
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By Laura Randazzo
Take a look at this visually dynamic way to get your students excited about poetry. No, really. View this 27-slide Prezi and imagine all of the possibilities that your students could create. All you’ll need to fill an entire class session is this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Fun Stuff, Prezis
CCSS:
W.8.3d, W.8.10, W.9-10.10, L.8.1, L.8.3, L.8.5, WHST.9-10.10, WHST.11-12.10
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By Laura Randazzo
Use this freebie bundle of 15 png files (featuring 27 separate design elements) to add energy and “pop” to your worksheets and products. A variety of art deco-inspired colors bring lots of flexibility and lively hues to your designs. These
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For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Clip Art, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers
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By Laura Randazzo
Use The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy tale of twisted justice, to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This two-day lesson plan includes a 15-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.6, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5...
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By Laura Randazzo
This 2-page PDF file includes a blank form and a completed sample to serve as a model for students. The sample is from my students’ study of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” but you could use the blank worksheet with ANY book
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Novel Study
FREE
123 ratings
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By Laura Randazzo
At the conclusion of your students’ reading of The Catcher in the Rye, use this PDF handout for students to work alone or in small groups to reconstruct Holden Caulfield’s path through those three “crazy” days in December. This 3-page PDF includes
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Novel Study
FREE
18 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Randazzo
So, you’re all set to try out Prezi – the latest, greatest presentation tool – but the file you’ve downloaded from TpT just won’t open. No worries! Just download this troubleshooting PDF guide, follow the easy step-by-step directions, and you’ll
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Software, Professional Documents, Prezis
FREE
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By Laura Randazzo
With the Common Core’s new emphasis on non-fiction, informational texts, it’s important to bring in fresh resources to engage our students. Toward the end of your study of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, use the following lesson materials to help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Multimedia, Printables
CCSS:
RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.4, RI.8.6, RI.8.7, RI.8.8, RI.8.9, RI.8.10, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.4...
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By Laura Randazzo
Who says high school kids can’t have holiday parties? As long as you tie your class party to a Common Core writing standard, you can justify having a little fun before leaving for your winter break. In this lesson, students will be introduced to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
W.8.1d, W.8.4, W.8.10, W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.1d, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.10
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By Laura Randazzo
Teach your students the simple pleasure of haiku poetry. This worksheet provides a brief overview of the haiku technique, three examples of well-written haiku, and three opportunities for students to create their own original poems inspired by
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
FREE
54 ratings
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By Laura Randazzo
I often have students who rely too heavily on the thesaurus as they craft their essays, resulting in overwrought sentences that block, rather than illuminate, the writer’s meaning. Using a little humor, this handout helps students see what happens
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
CCSS:
L.7.4a, L.7.6, L.8.4a, L.8.6, L.9-10.3, L.9-10.4a, L.9-10.4c, L.9-10.4d, L.9-10.6, L.11-12.3, L.11-12.4a...
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By Laura Randazzo
TED Talks offer a variety of educational opportunities for our students, from serving as virtual guest lectures on specialized topics to showcasing dynamic models of public speaking. This worksheet was designed to give students a concrete task to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Handouts, Multimedia
FREE
410 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Randazzo
Encourage your students to improve their close reading skills by teaching them to annotate text with this simple sticky-note procedure. This single-sheet handout gives examples of rich and weak annotated comments along with helpful suggestions to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.10, RI.8.1, RI.8.10, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.10, RI.11-12.1...
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By Laura Randazzo
Sometimes, you just need to have some nerdy English teacher fun. Make your students groan, roll their eyes, and maybe even smirk with this collection of 34 different puns presented on three separate “Tearable Pun” fliers. Post them in your room as a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Student Council
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Posters
FREE
173 ratings
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By Laura Randazzo
Help students understand the proper way to format the first page of their essays according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines with this attractive reference sheet/handout that includes a detailed model and helpful tips. Want more
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Research, Handouts, Printables
FREE
91 ratings
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By Laura Randazzo
Welcome to 20Time, where students spend 20 percent of their class time over a 12-week period pursuing a meaningful project of their own choosing. In this free packet of 23 PDF pages and 25 Prezi slides, you’ll find a variety of materials to help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Career and Technical Education, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Printables, Prezis
CCSS:
SL.8.1d, SL.8.4, SL.8.5, SL.8.6, SL.9-10.1c, SL.9-10.1d, SL.9-10.4, SL.9-10.5, SL.9-10.6, SL.11-12.1c, SL.11-12.1d...
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By Laura Randazzo
Know that awkward moment when you’ve finish a lecture early, all questions have been answered, and there’s still – yikes! – 10 minutes left in the period? Or do you have one of those classes that seems to finish everything about 15 minutes earlier
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
FREE
86 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Randazzo
Know that awkward moment when you’ve finish a lecture early, all questions have been answered, and there’s still – yikes! – 10 minutes left in the period? Or do you have one of those classes that seems to finish everything about 15 minutes earlier
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
FREE
103 ratings
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Since 1997, I’ve shared my love of literature and writing with high school students as a classroom teacher and library education specialist. I've taught them all, from the highest-achieving honors student to the continuation kid on the verge of dropping out of school. What every student wants is to be inspired, to learn, and to have some fun while at school. I hope my passion for learning and for kids comes through in these materials. Over the years, I've also taught journalism, health, and history classes. I've also run summer school programs for elementary and middle-school students. Before becoming a teacher, I was a newspaper reporter and editor, so ink is in my veins and writing is the critical piece of all the different classes I teach.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In all subjects, students want to be challenged while also finding relevancy between the materials being taught and their own lives. I work continuously to refine and adapt my materials to reflect current events and trends with which the students are familiar. When deciding how to present a lesson, I always try to think how I would have wanted to learn this material when I was 15 or 16 and then move in that direction. You can read more about my classroom adventures at my blog, laurarandazzo.com.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Pleasanton PTA Council, Excellence in Education award winner

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

• HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) holding secondary credentials in both California and Idaho • Fully credentialed to teach English/Language Arts, Social Science, and Health Science to students in grades 6 through 12 • B.A. in journalism and communication

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love clean, modern design and try to bring those elements into my materials. Since I teach high school students with a high level of media savvy, I work to make my materials attractive to that audience. Everything I design is meant to be relevant, rigorous, and ready to use!

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