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This lesson is perfect for the first day of school for Seniors. My students read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien for Summer Reading and this is our first lesson of the year. You could adapt if you teach the novel at another time during the
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This is the actual Literature Circle Project assignment that I use in my Advanced Placement class in the 2nd Semester. It is not a traditional "roles" based Lit Circle. It includes a list of titles that I offer which of course, you will want to
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The Poisonwood Bible is a character driven story, and this assessment focuses on the voices of its characters. Students are expected to use text evidence to demonstrate their understanding of character and theme in the novel. This assessment is
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This assignment occurs after my students have finished reading section XII Jezebel’s. I teach the poem “Half-Hanged Mary” as an introduction to the novel, and give a mini-lecture about Atwood’s famous ancestor, Mary Webster. Information about her
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I use this PowerPoint to introduce the motifs, language elements, and themes that I want my students to track throughout the reading of the novel. They are LISTS- not explanations- and the assumption is that students understand the terms prior to
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This set of lessons makes connections between the novel, various war poems, and the PBS documentary War Letters. It includes group work, individual journaling, discussion, poetry annotation, and creative writing. It includes an audio file, all
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Each year I prepare my students for the Open Question Essay on the AP Lit & Comp test with the Literary Death Match Project. It's a fun, competitive, "March Madness" style review that engages students and turns the review responsibility over to
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My students keep a literature journal all year, beginning with their summer reading assignment. I have my students bring their journals to class every day, and during the first week of class they complete the Summer Journal Self Analysis
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This PowerPoint Presentation contains 11 slides outlining how to do the Interactive Journals that I use in my AP Lit & Comp classes. Interactive Journals include charting, doodling, collage, etc and are an alternative to my more traditional
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This project requires students to read and annotate a short story and use it to complete a PROSE PASSAGE ESSAY assignment. It includes a presentation element. It is an assignment that is best used after students are familiar with the Prose Passage
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This lesson includes an audio link to a nursery rhyme, a poem for annotation, and an activity connecting these to a passage from The Handmaid's Tale. Students will discuss in small or whole group setting and write a 15 minute essay (1 body
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This is a compact one-day lesson that focuses on building vocabulary and on understanding metaphor. It includes the text of the poem, front loaded vocabulary, Guided Notes style questions and a creative activity for a closer. I teach this lesson
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This is a mini-lesson on writing effective thesis statements using the How So? So What? progression. I use Crime & Punishment as the sample, but the lesson will work with any piece of literature. This is a lesson which can be taught in a
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This is a culminating project for students who have read Thomas Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor. It is a presentation based project reviewing each of the chapters of the book, using the online tool PREZI. It includes my
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This is a short lesson that introduces the concepts of microcosm and macrocosm in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. The first page is a printable to be used on an overhead or projected from the computer onto a screen. It is meant to be
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This mini-lesson includes 4 PowerPoint slides presenting students with definitions of symbol, motif, and theme and accompanying examples from Barbara Kingsolver's novel The Poisonwood Bible. This is intended to be an introductory lesson to a larger
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This PowerPoint Presentation presents information about moon symbolism and how the imagery of the moon in the novel furthers theme. It asks students to discuss their own ideas about the moon and also to examine passages from the novel for their
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This set includes my AP Literature Research Paper Assignment, an Introductory Lesson using the iconic "Men on a Beam" Photograph, and a topics list of 50 iconic photographs. The Rubric for the Research Paper is listed as a FREE item in my TPT
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I use the "By About When Why" format for these quizzes. A River Runs Through It is a novella that I teach in 4 sections. I choose ONE quote from each section for the quiz. These are quick to administer and grade, and accurately assess whether
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This 3 piece set is based on the study of the paradoxical language of the The Tragedy of Macbeth. I have included a notes handout, an introductory activity, a full play length tracking assignment, and a culminating activity.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 18 years. I currently teach AP Literature & Composition, and am the school librarian. I have taught all levels of 9th through 12th grade English.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am creative person and love to try new and creative techniques in my classroom. I believe in rigorous content with engaging activity! We are an activity based class; I truly believe that English is a "doing" class, not just a "thinking" class. I love to incorporate art, music and drama into our study and feel that students who are having fun are learning more.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Green Apple Award Winner- MCHS

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my BA in English from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee and my MLIS in Library Science from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to my work as a teacher, I have a small glass and metalsmithing studio at my home where I create original art jewelry and teach glass beadmaking and jewelry fabrication classes.

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