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This unit consists of 6 different activities, including class discussion, expository writing, creative writing, literary analysis for Bill Bryson's book "I'm a Stranger Here Myself." In addition, included is an 86-objective question test and answer
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This document contains 13 different practice activities (worksheets)--including a review--and an exam. A complete answer key is included for all activities and the exam.
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This project helps students in AP Language learn tons of terms used frequently on the exam--both for the multiple choice and for them to use for style analysis. But this is not just for AP. It can be used in any writing class and the persuasive and
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This project was designed with multiple goals in mind for AP Language although it can be used in a regular English class since it meets several Common Core Standards. First, it exposed students to contemporary newspaper columnists and current
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I designed this project to help my students be well read on current events to give them a wealth of knowledge of various topics and ideas that they could use for concrete examples for the persuasive essay on the AP Language exam. (I don't allow them
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I've just retired after 31 years of teach, with the last nearly 20 years teaching AP Literature and AP Language and being an once-in-awhile AP Literature Reader for the College Board. Going through my files, I have found lots of very helpful
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As an writing teacher, especially with Advanced Placement courses, and as an AP Reader, I have seen some awful ways students incorporate the author's (or authors') name(s) and the title(s) of the text(s) into their sentences, especially for their
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Most students love reading just about anything Bill Bryson writes, thanks to his wit, chatty style, and sarcastic sense of humor. These activities have students reading excerpts from different books--all are included--and comparing and contrasting
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What a great way to spend the summer--reading Bill Bryson's book "One Summer: America, 1927." This is one of the books my AP Language (and the AP U.S. History) students read. (But it doesn't have to be for AP nor does it have to be for the summer.)
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This course was an semester-long elective I used to teach. Throughout the semester students completed 4-5 projects around the theme "what makes an American character." Each project has students using different skills (i.e., research, expository
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Students learn the process of how Mark Twain came up with some of his short story ideas in this project. Then they read a few of his stories and then create one of their own based on his favorite method. HINT: It has to do with his children and the
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This project helps students explore history through Billy Joel's pop song, first by the topics he included and secondly by adding additional stanzas based on the years between 1989 and the present. This can be an individual project or small group
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How does Lincoln embody the American character? That's what students explore in this project by viewing a film on Lincoln and conducting further research. Students then read "Our American Cousin," the play Lincoln was watching when he was shot. The
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This project was designed with Boeing as the American company. However, any company, preferably your hometown or home-state company, can be substituted. Students conducted research, wrote and presented on what characteristics Boeing has that makes
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This is the perfect project for an American History or American Literature course or for any English course since it requires students to conduct research and do both expository and creative writing. Doing this during an election year is even
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This book is perfect for an American Literature or American History class. It contains tests for the different parts of the book, Socratic Seminar discussion topics, and an independent writing project. Answer keys and rubrics are included.
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This independent project works well for students in an AP Language or American Literature because it meets many Common Core Standards as well as the three skills for the AP Language exam: style analysis, persuasive writing, and synthesis writing.
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This independent project works well for students in an AP Language or American Literature or American History course. Students individually watch a variety of online videos pertaining to the English language, both its history and how it is different
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This three-quarter unit contains three independent projects for students in an AP Language or American Literature or American History course. You can use all three projects or a combination of two of them or just one. The first project has students
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This American poetry project is perfect for a culminating project after a poetry unit, especially in an American literature class. I use it as one of two projects for my AP Language classes after the AP exam. It is not just for AP or advanced
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For the past 31 years I have taught everything from junior high (7th and 8th grade) English, including gifted ed, to university English and education, to adult education in a vocational rehabilitation center, to high school English, with an emphasis on AP Language and AP Literature. I recently retired after teaching at a STEM school that has an aviation and aerospace theme. I also have nearly ten years of online teaching experience.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Being a bit ADD myself, I prefer variety--everything from mini-lectures to small group activities to individual writing assignments so I can work with students one-on-one. I prefer hands-on activities and projects.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Is this the bragging section? Although I have enough certificates and plaques to cover a wall--everything from Who's Who to USA Today--Teacher Team to teacher of the year for two school districts, my best honor is when students come back after graduation and say: "Gee, you made college so easy! I can write my essays practically in my sleep. Thanks for preparing me!"

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in English, MEd., and hours and hours and hours of professional development!

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Reading to me will always be a REAL book, allowing me to curl up on my favorite chair with blanket, tea or wine, and a cat or two on my lap.

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