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This is "Connotation Creation"- a game I made up which teaches the difference between connotations and denotations. I tell students at the beginning of the hour that by the end of the game, they will all know the difference between the two terms and
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TIES IN WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS- SUPPORTING CLAIMS WITH EVIDENCE AND REASONING. This is a worksheet to help students practice identifying claim, evidence, and commentary in persuasive writing and advertisements. I define each of the terms and
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This is a close reading activity for Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" that really targets higher-order thinking. It asks students to make comparisons, evaluations, and draw conclusions. It is Common Core driven in that it requires that students
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This powerpoint can be taught as a lesson on body image, society's messages, and how the media perpetuates and disseminates messages about body image to the youth. It features pictures of runway models and celebrities and places them alongside
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This graphic organizer is a great "thesis statement builder"-it's a great way to teach the process of how to create a thesis statement. Also, there is a sample literary analysis essay to show students how a thesis begins in the intro and is carried
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This is a great activity I use to familiarize students with the following terms: claim, evidence, reasoning, thesis statement, transitions, clincher, hook, etc. It includes a sample 5 paragraph persuasive essay and asks students to read through
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This is a packet that describes what is expected of argumentative writing. It contains the following: - a graphic organizer (filled out with examples) that students can use to organize their points, counterpoints, and rebuttals when writing an
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This is a worksheet I give my students to work on as they watch Slumdog Millionaire. It approaches the movie as a "living text"- there are 4 critical thinking prompts they are to answer as they watch the movie. The worksheet focuses on irony,
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This is a Powerpoint presentation I use to teach the complete rules for the apostrophe. It is complete with the rules, examples, and explanations, as well as MANY pictures of real world apostrophe mistakes on menus, signs, etc. to keep kids'
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This is an in-class essay assignment for The Old Man and the Sea. It includes 7 prompts to choose from, a breakdown of how to structure a 5 paragraph essay, and a 50 pt. rubric. Great for an end-of-unit assessment.
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This is a rubric I use when teaching how to write a fantastic paragraph. In short, it details the ingredients in a well-structured paragraph--claim, evidence/reasons, explanation of evidence, and clincher. These labels all correspond with Common
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This is a Powerpoint I use to teach the difference between dependent/independent (subordinate/main) clauses. It gives examples and sample questions for the students to answer.
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This is a bundle of writing prompts for The Kite Runner-I use them when teaching the novel in literature circles, but they can be used when reading the novel any other way as well. There are 6 sets of prompts (approximately 5 prompts per set) that
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This is a review game I use with high school students after learning about proper interview etiquette. Students work in teams of 2-3 and read seven different interview scenarios, trying to evaluate what the interviewee did right and wrong. This game
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This is a handout for a lit terms scavenger hunt. Students are to look online for evidence of different literary devices-including symbols, narrative, onomatopoeia, slant rhyme, end rhyme, assonance, alliteration, etc. They are encouraged to look at
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This is a handout I give my seniors for an Argumentative Paper. I explain what claim, evidence, and commentary are on this handout and tie them to their paper. This is a research-based argumentative essay, and it can be paired with my other document
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This is a critical thinking analysis worksheet for students to use when watching The Great Gatsby. I use it with the recent Leo Decaprio version, but any version (and truly, any other book/movie combination) would be easy to use with this worksheet.
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This is a bundle of writing prompts for The Joy Luck Club-I use them when teaching the novel in literature circles, but they can be used when reading the novel any other way as well. There are 6 sets of prompts (approximately 5 prompts per set) that
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This is an in-class essay assignment for The Pearl- by John Steinbeck. It includes 10 prompts to choose from, a breakdown of how to structure a 5 paragraph essay, and a 50 pt. rubric. Great for an end-of-unit assessment.
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This is my syllabus for my English 4 course for seniors. The course is designed for students entering the world of work or attending a technical school- not necessarily college. It includes an overview of my units, a description of the class, my
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a high school English teacher; I teach the AP English at the junior level, an English enrichment class to freshmen, and Research Writing to seniors. I also have experience teaching 8th grade and sophomore level English.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I encourage hands-on activities and do a lot of think-pair-share type lessons. I try to structure lessons beginning with basic, plot-based questions, then I move towards more critical-thinking activities. I am very passionate about the Common Core, and many of my lessons include CCSS language, close reading and annotating of texts, and pairing non-fiction supplemental pieces with literature. I also have a passion for language and grammar, and I believe making it as interesting and funny as possible for kids will help them retain the language conventions; many of my grammar presentations have silly examples and images, as a result. :)

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in English Education from Purdue University as well as a master's in Teacher Leadership from Aurora University.

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