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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 the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lectures, Fun Stuff, Prezis
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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
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By Laura Randazzo
Use this visually dynamic tool to get students excited about poetry. No, really, my teens LOVE this activity. View this 10-slide Prezi and imagine all of the possibilities your students could create.All you’ll need to fill an entire class session is
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 "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 includes a 14-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class discussion
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
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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 2-page PDF includes
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Novel Study
FREE
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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 the
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
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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
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512
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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 101 teen-appropriate puns presented on nine separate “Tearable Pun” fliers. Post them in your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Student Council
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Posters
FREE
196
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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
109
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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, you’ll find a variety of materials to help guide middle-school and high-school
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
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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
108
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By Laura Randazzo
Whether you need an emergency sub plan or just want to slide a little more informational text into your curriculum, this free and fun lesson has what you need – access to a well-written, high-interest article from the New York Times on the 10
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.10, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.10, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.10
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By Laura Randazzo
This print-and-go worksheet was designed to help teachers take advantage of the incredible collection of graduation speeches gathered by National Public Radio at http://apps.npr.org/commencement/.The first page is specifically designed to be used
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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By Laura Randazzo
The only way I’ve found for students to really grow as writers is for them to write a lot and get meaningful feedback on their work. The reality, though, is there’s only one of me and 170+ of them, so my time with each student is limited. One way to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.10, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.10
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By Laura Randazzo
Need an eye-catching interactive bulletin board that’ll grab students’ attention?Don’t have much money or creative energy to spend on classroom decor?A solution is here! Just print these materials and follow the simple step-by-step assembly
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
93
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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, library education specialist, and curriculum developer. 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 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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