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This survey is a great first day of school activity for middle/high school students. It give me a LOT of information that I can use immediately about my students and their interests, learning styles, and attitudes. I teach English, but you could
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Teaching the transcendentalist philosophies of the Romantic Period can be a daunting task. This mini-unit will introduce students to the big ideas of the movement without taking up too much class time or bogging students down with a lot of
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If you are just starting out with an 11th grade English classroom or just need to reorganize your curriculum, this should help get you through the year. This is a Recommended Curriculum and Pacing Guide for 11th grade Language Arts based on the
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This resource includes two reading assessments and two writing assessments, in ready-to-copy form. The questions and prompts are based on nonfiction articles. I have tried to write them in a style that addresses the Common Core standards and the few
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This is a compilation of over 200 quotes from which I select the quote that I write on my board daily. Included are 153 quotes for daily use, an additional 45 quotes by American authors in chronological order of the American literary periods (I
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Students are asked to compare and contrast the 2000 A & E film version of "The Great Gatsby" to the novel. This could be used with classes that have read the book or with classes that have only viewed the movie. Worksheet focuses on the differences
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Students work in pairs to modernize the insult scene and punning match between Kate and Petruchio and then present their scenes to the class. Download includes an example from my students. This group activity provides a good break from reading
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This lesson asks students to read two recent nonfiction articles about the current popular reality TV shows. One is from the Chicago Tribune and one is from The New York Times. Both address the tendencies of these shows (particularly “All My Babies’
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Students must analyze James Gatz/Jay Gatsby, and then connect their own feelings about what makes a person "great" to his character. Is he really great? If so, what makes him great? If not, why is the book titled "The GREAT Gatsby"? This assignment
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So many times, teachers of upper grades struggle with some creative idea to display student work for Open Houses or Parent Conferences. Recently, a series of books has been published based on the idea of a six-word memoir. Larry Smith and Rachel
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This activity gives your students a concrete visual to help them learn the key ingredients to a great paragraph. Teacher instructions are given step-by-step to demonstrate how a great paragraph is like a great burger. You will "build" the burger and
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This is a great "get to know your students" activity for the beginning of the year. It also leads them through an activity that will result in ten events from their lives that could serve as autobiographical writing topics for the rest of the year.
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This is a great activity for National Poetry Month, a study of Japanese culture, or just for a fun writing-meets-art activity! Students write Japanese tanka poems and then use an ink-blowing technique to decorate their work. Don't worry; it's not as
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This final project concludes the transcendentalism unit I do with my juniors. An essay is the final product, but students are given four choices of topic, and each requires them to connect what they have learned with either the film Dead Poets
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This assignment asks students to really analyze what they have learned about the characters and their personalities and motivations through Chapter 7 of the book. They must use that knowledge to write the dialogue between Tom and Daisy at the end
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This activity is great for assessing whether or not students really "get" the characters and their motivations in The Great Gatsby. This is to be used as a review activity before the test. Twenty-eight six-word memoirs are given to students, and
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Kids often have a hard time thinking of a subject when asked to write a personal narrative or memoir. This activity helps kids come up with at least ten potential topics, which can be used for essays or poems, throughout the entire school year. I
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The quest, as defined by Thomas Foster in "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" has five criteria, and this essay assignment (which includes a rubric) allows students to analyze novels or short stories by describing the quest of the protagonist.
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This mini-unit is great for both meeting Common Core standards and giving students ACT practice. Students will answer both extended response and multiple choice questions about articles and visual media presentations concerning the issue of
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This product is a practice for the AIR ELA grades 9-10 test. It includes teacher notes, links to nonfiction articles on the same topic, 14 objective questions analyzing and comparing the two articles, and an argumentative writing prompt. The
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have twenty years of teaching experience in a small town, rural school district. I have taught freshmen, sophomores, juniors, honors freshmen, honors sophomores and honors juniors.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I try very hard to incorporate both left-brain and right-brain focused assignments. It is critical to me that my students know how to apply what they have learned. I'm a bit more formal with my honors sophomores and honors juniors in the type of assignments I offer, but discussion is key to all of my classes. I love laughter in the classroom and want my students to view me as a lifelong learner, not someone with all of the answers.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Two-time presenter at NCTE conferences (Denver and New York City) Presenter at OCTELA Spring Conference, Columbus, Ohio Nominee for the Golden Apple Award (school district's Teacher of the Year award)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in English Education from The Ohio State University Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have learned over the years that I simply cannot continue to stay at school until 5 PM every night and then go home and grade papers. My husband died in 2006 from brain cancer, and we have an eleven year old daughter. I have had to learn how to simplify my life with routine in the classroom and smarter practices so that I can leave school at 3 PM and not take work home. This works pretty well except when research papers roll in...they are an entirely different beast, as we all know!