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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
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In order to prepare my students for the on-line PARCC assessments, I have used paired articles from NPR. This editable doc contains 4 paired passage groupings, which allows student to self-select. The page also includes directions for composing an
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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
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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.
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At the end of studying Beowulf, students read three literary criticism essays--"The Style and Structure of Beowulf," "Beowulf," and "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics." These essays can be found on-line and on Gale. The document contains 2-3
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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.
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I bring in old dictionaries, textbooks, poetry books, etc., and students create blackout poems. I also like to give every student the same poem / page to see what they create. This powerpoint contains several examples from my students, along with
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A brief, 20 question quiz over Act I of Macbeth, with character name bank, and 3 short answer questions. Answer Key included.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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This editable doc contains five on-line sources relating to the topic of peer pressue. All five sources are links to full-length articles, research, etc. The format of the writing prompt follows the AP Language template for the synthesis question.
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This handout contains questions based on two NPR articles: When Wearing Shorts Was Taboo and The Anatomy of a Dress Code. These two articles focus on banned clothing. I use NPR for paired passages activities and for PARCC test prep. Students will
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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.
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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.
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A brief quiz with 31 character identification questions--includes a character name bank, and 4 short answer questions.
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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
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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!