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Martians in New Jersey! Clowns invading every town in America! Fake news and hoaxes aren't new. Kids today would likely have a good laugh over the panic caused by Orson Welles' infamous 1938 "The War of the Worlds" radio program. BUT how many of
Subjects:
Halloween, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.00
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Is entering middle school as hard as Navy Seal training? Using excerpts from the now viral commencement speech given by Admiral William H. McRaven at the University of Texas in 2014, students will connect his rules for life to entering middle school
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.3
$2.99
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Do your students know their rights? This paired-text unit looks at Ada's journey in Kimberly Brubaker-Bradley's The War that Saved My Life through the lens of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students will learn their own rights as they
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study
$7.99
Digital Download PDF (0.72 MB)
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News is everywhere. Real. Fake. Newspapers. Television. And the internet and social media have made reporters of us all. This self-contained introductory unit includes informational notes and activities to familiarize your students with the basics
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.3, RI.6.5, RI.7.5, RI.8.5
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Before there was The War that Saved My Life, there was Goodnight, Mr. Tom, an award-winning British novel and movie about an abused young evacuee who lands with a gruff widower after being sent out of London as part of Operation Pied Piper at the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, World History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Movie Guides
$4.99
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Experienced middle school ELA teacher; co-writer of our district ELA curriculum; director of school drama productions, advised school newspaper. Award-winning playwright, freelance writer and active member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Adjunct instructor of English and writing at the college level. Prior to teaching, worked as a supervisor for ABC Radio Networks Broadcast News & Engineering division in NYC.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I try to inspire passion for literature and writing through thoughtful analysis and real-world connections. I hope my students develop the ability to think, make meaningful connections to themselves and our world, and discover the joy of a deep dive into literature and their own writing. I will use anything that connects to kids--TV, movies, songs--anything, and connect themes to our literature and classroom writing. I also try to convince every child that he or she has something of value to say. If they care about their message, they will care about how it is presented.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Award, 2009. Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award, SUNY New Paltz, 2014.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MS in Teaching from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. BA in Communications/Radio & TV Broadcasting from CW Post College/Long Island University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Five-time published playwright, specializing in school and community theatre, with plays being performed around the world. Freelance writer with experience in newspapers and magazines for adults and children. Professional editor and writing teacher. Former full-scholarship athlete who competed internationally.

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