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By McD's Secret Weapons
This handout contains 10 questions for general use on all types of nonfiction. It works especially well with magazine and newspaper selections.I have included several useful websites, based on Kelly Gallagher's Article of the Week idea. I often
Subjects:
Writing, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
$5.00
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By McD's Secret Weapons
This packet contains five short answer questions, 28 character identification questions with a blank answer sheet and an answer key. You will also find three essay prompts for All Quiet on the Western Front, along with the in-class grading rubric I
Subjects:
Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$5.00
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By McD's Secret Weapons
At the end of Canterbury Tales, students write two creative pieces, ranging from adding themselves or a classmate to the Prologue, to adding a member of the noble class. This could be done as a collaboration and presentation project.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Novel Study
$2.00
2 ratings
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By McD's Secret Weapons
After completing Heaney's Beowulf, my students read sections from Gardner's Grendel and all of the essay, "Even Monsters Have Mothers," (available on-line and via Gale). This handout contains six short answer questions regarding those readings.
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study
$3.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By McD's Secret Weapons
A brief, 20 question quiz over Act I of Macbeth, with character name bank, and 3 short answer questions. Answer Key included.
Subjects:
Drama, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment
$2.00
2 ratings
3.8
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By McD's Secret Weapons
I have used this project as an end of year assignment for my AP Literature and English 10 students. The bus stop setting creates a locale for characters to meet and engage in conversation that reveals their conflicts and motivations. Students work
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Drama, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
3 ratings
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By McD's Secret Weapons
This handout will allow you to easily assess a final draft of an MLA formatted research paper. The rubric shows four boxes--A is 100-90, B is 89-80, C is 79-70, and D is below 70%. Each box contains descriptors, such as "states a clear, arguable
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
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This editable doc contains nine on-line sources relating to the topic of the effects of violence in media on the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of young people. All nine sources are links to full-length articles, pdfs of research, and a cartoon.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Test Prep, Internet Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2
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By McD's Secret Weapons
This handout contains six topics, ranging from Beowulf's transformation, to the role of female characters and to overall themes. The handout also shows the AP grading scale and a conversion to the 300 points that the essay is worth for gradebook
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Essays, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$3.00
3 ratings
3.8
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By McD's Secret Weapons
10 generic questions that will work for any short story or novel. I've used it with "Two Kinds," "Marigolds," "There Will Come Soft Rains," and other Ray Bradbury stories. This make a great SUB day plan--give kids a copy of the story you want them
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep
$4.00
2 ratings
3.9
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By McD's Secret Weapons
For an end of the year project in my English 10 course and my AP Literature courses, students select a novel for Literature Circles and create a board game based on that novel. This packet includes a grading sheet.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Literature Circles
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By McD's Secret Weapons
A brief quiz with 31 character identification questions--includes a character name bank, and 4 short answer questions.
Subjects:
Drama, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Novel Study
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By McD's Secret Weapons
At the end of reading Canterbury Tales, students complete a short answer test on the Prologue, Knight's Tale, Nun's Priest's Tale, Wife of Bath's Tale, Pardoner's Tale, and overall themes.
Subjects:
Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
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By McD's Secret Weapons
These questions address overall themes, character analysis, etc. I have students write their responses on butcher paper, so they can talk to other students about their selected novel.
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
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By McD's Secret Weapons
This is a doc, so it's easily editable. I have used this one page yes / no question survey (and 3 short answer questions) in a variety of units: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Springboard's units on Culture and Identity, Presidential
Subjects:
English Language Arts, School Counseling, For Administrators
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons
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Based on an idea from Cindy O'Donnell-Allan, this project allows students to visually represent one character's internal / external conflicts, motivations, etc. I also teach archetypes, types of symbols, and inference with this project. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Graphic Arts, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$5.00
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By McD's Secret Weapons
This packet contains the AP Literature course information for my College Board approved class. It also contains my required reading list and expectations, as well as a unit guide and additional resources.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Syllabi, Elective Course Proposals
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This handout requires students to create the most annoying of phone conversations--when you hear only one side of it! I have included two handouts. In the first one, the student takes the handout home and a parent gives the student several options
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Fun Stuff, Minilessons
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By McD's Secret Weapons
My students love writing stories that begin with the ending. I have included 10 prompts which can serve as the opening moments. I have used these with high school students, and I have also used them with students who want to submit their writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities, Minilessons
$5.00
1 rating
4.0
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By McD's Secret Weapons
Based on Rich Hall's Sniglets. This powerpoint contains several links to examples (some may contain mature content), along with four categories and some ideas. A fun way to get students to think about vocabulary and how new words are added to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

24 years of teaching high school English--creative writing, AP Lit. and Comp., English 9, 10, 11, testing coordinator

MY TEACHING STYLE

Highly organized, thought-provoking, full throttle, academic, technology-incorporating, mixed with humor and enthusiasm.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certified Teacher Nancy Harris Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of New Mexico for Bachelor's and Master's

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I like warm weather, fresh tortillas, and a stack of essays to read. Happy Grading!

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