McGrath's Reading Guides and Gifted Projects

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Six passages from Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities are selected from across the novel, and following each reading are questions related specifically to style techniques and devices (including anaphora, dysphemism, satire, metaphor, allegory,
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This reading guide focuses less on basic plot (although plot questions are in there!) and more on aiding the readers in solving the mystery on their own or along with Sherlock. Questions ask students to explain, predict, evaluate, and examine
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This reading guide is less about the plot of the Alice novels and more about looking at the math, science, word play, and games behind the piece. I use it in my freshman gifted English classes. It covers both Alice novels and asks questions about
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As my students read the Inferno, I have them keep track of all the important details by filling out this chart. This key contains information about who and what's in each layer of Hell, the important symbols and allusions, and examples of
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These reading questions are what I use when I read Oedipus with my Gifted 9th Grade English classes. It focuses some on plot but more on figurative devices, types of irony (all six!), solving the mystery of Oedipus, the tragic hero, and a host of
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This is an awesome, in-depth reading guide I created for the novel Ivanhoe. The per-chapter questions are not just about plot but require students to analyze material. Specific literary devices tested include allusion, epithet, characterization,
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I use this set of questions with my general-ed freshman English class as well as with my Gifted 9 students. It contains reading questions for Books I, II, V, IX, X, XII, XXI, XXII, and XXIII. Questions concern plot elements but also practice with
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These are for Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. I have selected five passages--one from each act--and presented them with eight questions apiece that ask students to analyze the language (for example allusion, antithesis, simile, metaphor,
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Candide is a satirical work. With this novel, I teach satirical elements; therefore, this reading guide is really a selection of quotations and examples from the text that satirize various topics and ideas. The students must note which satirical
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I use this project with Beowulf (and the document is actually titled "Beowulf Project"), but really, it can be used with any piece for which the concepts of the necessary monster and the cultural hero are taught. This project works best with small
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This mini-project asks students to twice create a work of art that tells the same story through both a realist as well as a surrealist point of view. It is a simple instruction sheet with a rubric for grading. This work is licensed under a Creative
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This is a project that asks students to work in groups to create a card game based on the principles of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Included are the basic student instructions, the grading scale (to be filled out by other classmates who play the
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The film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a modern work about the Romantic figure, Baron Munchausen. The film is an excellent bridge between Enlightenment and Romantic thinking, as it promotes the ideals of the latter and mocks the ideals of
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This reading guide does ask plot-based questions, but it also asks about the use of various devices, including sarcasm, kenning, simile, and allusion. It focuses specifically on quotations that show the transition from pagan to Christian beliefs as
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These questions align with the translation by Brian Hooker. Here are ten questions for each of the five acts as well as their answers. Some relate to plot, but most relate to the various language devices at work and ask students to analyze meaning
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There are many reading guides for this novel, but I couldn't find one that addressed my students' needs, so I created this one. I used it in a freshman English class with all sorts of learners--students who struggled to comprehend all the way to
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Here are six excerpts from Macbeth which ask students to analyze specific passages of importance to the overall themes of the play. The excerpts are heavier from the first part of the play, but they are portions of the following: 1) Act I, Scene iii
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for thirteen years. I taught middle school language arts for three years and then moved up to high school, where I have been the last ten. Twelve of the thirteen years I have taught, I have been teaching gifted education (it has been delivered through the language arts program in my district). I teach mostly world literature, vocabulary (emphasis on etymology), and grammar. I designed and delivered a grammar course for juniors and seniors, and I have also taught creative writing for three years. In addition, I taught at the Missouri Scholars Academy for two summers (a prestigious program for gifted juniors from across the state of Missouri); my classes offered were on monsters, freaks, and mutants as well as on creating and producing murder mystery dinner theaters. At present, I am also the gifted program coordinator at my high school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

It is hard to describe my style! I am quite organized and strict when it comes to grammar instruction, as I believe the best way to teach it is through consistent, old-school-style instruction. My students learn best this way. In contrast to the structure of teaching grammar, I am quite artistic and lively with my literature instruction. I love organized units but grew quite frustrated with the plot-based study and reading guides provided with most purchased literature units; I therefore have worked hard to create my own in-depth reading guides that challenge students to analyze what they read as well as build their literary repertoire. I also encourage lots of projects: I like for students to build, create, explore, and perform.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have received seven teacher appreciation awards from students attending the Missouri Scholars Academy (students select a teacher who has most inspired them and invite them to attend a banquet and ceremony).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my undergrad from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. My original degree was a BS in Middle School Language Arts (grades 5-9). I then received gifted certification and high school language arts certification (grades 9-12). Following all these certifications, I obtained my Masters in Gifted Education from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have three kids, a husband, a cat, and a host of taxidermied critters (including a cane toad, a bat, a fiddler crab, and lots and lots of bugs). In my limited spare time, I take on numerous projects. I have completed fourteen young adult novels and am working on more (though the writing has slowed as I started to have kids . . .). I also write music, play a few instruments, and attempt to read the classics. I consider myself quite the grammar connoisseur and love to study word origins, as well. I like weird, macabre stuff (Poe, Edward Gorey, The Inferno, ghost stories). Overall, I am quite happy with life! I greatly enjoy teaching.

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