Lori Cardoza Starnes

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By Lori Cardoza Starnes
Students will reinforce the importance of using concrete detail while creating their own descriptive monster poem. This lesson shows students how important the art of detail is to authors and allows them to be creative, to use art and color, and to
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry, Halloween
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Minilessons
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By Lori Cardoza Starnes
On the first day you decide to put students in collaborative seating or work groups, this "lesson" allows students to get to know each other first, and finally, you as a teacher. Students will create a "resume" of their group, asking interesting or
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Oral Communication, Back to School
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
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This is a creative writing unit that focuses around a central motif of color. We all know that writers use colors to convey emotion, psychology, mood and focus. Like these authors, students will use colors as a springboard to write poems,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Minilessons, Literacy Center Ideas
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When asked to annotate a poem, a small prose piece or any document, students are often baffled as to where to begin. This lesson takes the most famous soliloquy of Macbeth for an example and has students close-read for twelve key literary devices.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Lesson Plans (Individual), Minilessons, Interactive Notebooks
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By Lori Cardoza Starnes
Students often have difficulty going under-the-surface with literature. Through this lesson, students take on a "teacher" role, focusing annotations on one particular literary device and coming back to share ideas with their group. This lesson
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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Lesson Plans (Individual), Minilessons, Printables
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By Lori Cardoza Starnes
This creative writing lesson has two parts, although they need not be used together. The first explains what a traditional Chivalric Romance is and asks students to dissect the parts using a film. This lesson uses The Princess Bride, but other
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Minilessons
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By Lori Cardoza Starnes
The lesson begins with a general cooperative writing assignment where students taste and smell different foods and write about them, first as a group, and then singularly. Students will then create a Halloween menu for a unique restaurant. Their
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Halloween
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning, Cultural Activities
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To help with close reading, students will choose a particular scene in a novel or play, and carefully read and re-read it, analyzing the diction, setting, characters, syntax and other literary elements. Students will then create a poster that will
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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As an intro to a unit covering the Romantics or Transcendentalism, students will write their own Romantic Ode. By following a poem frame, students will bring the outdoors inside, and discover how the Romantics glorified nature. Students will work
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching in California for 25 years--everything from AP Literature and Composition, British Literature, Creative Writing, ELL, American Literature, and English 10H. I was a mentor teacher for many years writing lesson plan units that introduced innovative ideas for teaching the California State Standards as well as complete units for teaching The Great Gatsby and Frankenstein. I have also written several books for educational publishers: Teaching Grammar Through the Multiple Intelligences; Engage the Brain: Games; and have co-authored the Shakespeare in the Classroom series. Finally, I have ventured into the fictional world, writing the YA novel Hanging in the Stars and am currently working on a second--a fictional account of Sir George and the Dragon.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I know all students can learn--if we can just get them somehow interested! In a world of very difficult and sometimes dry test prep, I still believe that the world of literature can be engaging to students of all skill levels and educational backgrounds. I truly want students to leave my classroom loving at least something about literature--an amazing poem, the unearthing of an idea long buried, that lightbulb moment when something makes sense.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my Bachelor of Arts at UCLA and was credentialed at Cal State University, Fullerton. To supplement my education I have worked through the UCI Writing Project and have my Advanced Diploma with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (just in case you need a little wine info after grading papers all day!)

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