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A Quick, Multiple-Choice Reading Quiz A 41-question multiple-choice reading quiz designed to help teachers ascertain whether their students have completed the reading of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor. This quiz is
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Using Thomas C. Foster's How To Read Literature Like a Professor with your students? This is a set of simple study questions, divided by chapter, meant to guide students' reading and provide a basis for class discussion. 3-4 questions per
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Exceptional student study guide and teacher's resource for Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi! 128-pg guide for teachers of advanced learners. PERFECT for IB, AP or Honors courses. This study guide and teacher's resource focuses on in-depth analysis
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A terrific, focused activity to encourage students to practice CLOSE READING skills. Students are guided in analyzing a short excerpt from Heart of Darkness. Perfect preparation activity for the AP English literature test, or other literary analysis
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When you're asking students to do research, do they have a hard time determining what to write down to include in their bibliography? This is a simple and handy "pre-bibliography" worksheet they can use to make sure they have all of the pertinent
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A poetry analysis lesson using "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold. Includes a Word document explaining one way to use the lesson, as well as a PowerPoint slideshow that walks through an analysis of the poem. I use this poem with my 10 Honors English
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A comprehensive list of terms to aid advanced students in analysis of poetry. Perfect for students preparing for high-stakes tests such as the AP Literature test. I also use this with my advanced creative writing students. Inlcudes nearly 130 terms,
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An activity/lesson in allusion, using Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun. Two pages -- the first is a chart with allusions on the left side and blanks on the right side. It include directions for the students to fill in WHAT IS BEING
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A one-page handout with directions for a great exercise in getting to know the main characters in Dicken's "Great Expectations," as well as ways those characters embody theme and tone. This "mini-project" requires students to search for
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Finally! A how-to resource for teachers who are in charge of running a school literary magazine or who want to start a school literary magazine program. This is a full-length book (174 pages) written specifically for advisers of school literary
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Looking for a terrific, inspiring poetry writing lesson? Look no further! This is a 2-file bundle: 1. "Greasy Soul" Lesson Plan -- everything you need, including assessment tool. 2. "Giant Lists" of abstract nouns and concrete
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An interesting and fun lesson plan/unit designed to teach literary terminology through a medium well-known (and beloved) by students -- FILM. This unit makes use of Million Dollar Baby (2004) to teach concepts of literary analysis. A multi-phased
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Four detailed writing prompts for students who have read Elie Weisel's Night.
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Detailed study questions on Shakespeare's MacBeth. Created for advanced students (AP, IB, honors) with the primary purpose of promoting close reading of the text and interpretation of language use (as well as general understanding of the play).
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A terrific teaching tool if your students are struggling to understand how tone and writing style work together to create meaning.
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A helpful tool for reviewing the 8 parts-of-speech with students. Includes a 22-slide PowerPoint that walks students through the definitions and job-descriptions for each of the parts of speech (with examples). Also includes a handout for students
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Perfect for honors, AP or IB learners. This is a post-reading unit of study designed to help students complete close-reading of Bradbury's poetic prose. Materials include: - tips for teachers - practice passage 1 - practice passage 2 with
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A 2-page form that walks the writer through important components of a film review. I use this activity with students who are intimidated by writing, lower-level writers, and special education students who aren't ready to write a fluid film review
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A one-page checklist for just about any written essay or paper (in just about any subject matter). Includes the following categories: Content, Organization, Style, and Technical Skills, as well as Formatting/Following Directions. Each category
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A great activity for the Merchant of Venice. This activity requires students to not only strive to understand the meaning behind the Elizabethan words, but to connect that meaning to our own time period. Fourteen quotes are featured. The first
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

18 years in public school teaching, primarily 10th grade English, 10th grade Honors English, 12th grade AP English, IB English, and Creative Writing courses. I have also taught 9th grade, 9th grade Honors, and 11th grade English courses. In addition to the standard and honors courses, I have taught as an inclusion team teacher and I have taught summer school remediation courses. I have taught in both traditional year-long 7-period (50 minute) schedules as well as 4x4 (88 minute) block scheduling and year-long (88 minute) A/B block scheduling. I am trained by the International Baccalaureate Organization and the College Board. My CW students have taken first place in the VHSL state writing competition on two separate occasions. Our literary magazine has won every major state and national award.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I incorporate a lot of humor in my teaching and I try to make my classroom a place where students feel welcome, valued, and safe. At the same time, my expectations are high and I hold my students to high standards of achievement. My units and lessons are based on best teaching practices and my classroom management is based on relationship-driven teaching. Each student is unique, so I try to be flexible to individual needs without sacrificing the demand for quality work.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been nominated for "Teacher of the Year" several times. I feel grateful for the nominations, as my school uses colleague-voting to choose nominees and finalists. I must be doing something OK if my peers believe I'm worthy of a mention. My favorite honors, however, are the many times students tell me they enjoy my class and parents tell me they want their child in my class. The kids say that they have to work hard, but that they actually have fun too...that means a lot to me.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. English 1994 [California State University San Marcos], Teacher Certification 1997 [University of Maryland], M.Ed. in Diverse Student Populations 2004 [University of Mary Washington], endorsement in Gifted & Talented, certified by International Baccalaureate Organization and The College Board (AP).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am the parent of a 22-year-old and a 20-year-old. I believe that being a parent makes me a more well-rounded teacher, as I am always considering things from all views -- the students', mine, and the parents'.