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This is a hundred-word crossword puzzle that can serve as a review for a test on the novel or as a "fun" exercise. Students can work individually or in pairs. The crossword should take no more than a period. An answer sheet is included. I have
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This commentary provides a chapter-by-chapter analysis of John Wyndham's The Chrysalids (106 pages, 47,000 words). It includes content tests and answer guides, as well as creative composition topics, essay topics, a punctuation quiz, a 100-word
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This is a seventy-word crossword puzzle on Freak the Mighty and is intended as a review of the novel. The crossword can be done in groups of two or individually. Tks, Michael Cummings Freak the Mighty Crossword Puzzle by Michael Cummings is
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This crossword puzzle is part of my commentary on Miller's The Crucible (67 pages, 23, 300 words) and is intended as a review of the play. Students enjoy the exercise, the crossword often stimulating discussion and encouraging students to
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This 100-word crossword puzzle is part of my commentary on A Separate Peace (78 pages, 35, 880 words). The puzzle can be used as a review of the novel or as a preparation for a test. Students can work alone or in pairs. The puzzle should take one
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These two crosswords and quiz are from my commentary on Brave New World (89 pages, 36, 000 words). Students enjoy the crossword that can be used for review after a study of the novel or before a test. Students can work alone or in pairs. The
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This is a seventy-two word crossword puzzle on S. E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders. The crossword is intended to be done after a study of the novel and can be assigned for homework or an in-class activity, students working individually or in groups
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This commentary examines the Romantic age and focuses on four Romantic poets and their poetry: Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale"; Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey"; Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"; and Burns's "To a
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These fifty-mark content tests are part of my commentary on The Chrysalids (106 pages, 47,000 words) and are intended to test reading comprehension or to serve as a final review of the novel. The tests can be marked in class. A detailed answer
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These questions and tests are part of my commentary on A Separate Peace (78 pages, 35,900 words). The questions are chapter questions, the final questions being overview or general questions on the novel. These questions can be assigned for
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These are two one-hundred-word crossword puzzles that can be used for review of the novel or as "fun" exercises that can be done either in groups or individually. A good way to stimulate discussion. Students enjoy the activity. An answer sheet for
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Most of this analysis of Hamlet's soliloquies is from my commentary on Hamlet (243 pages, 100,700 words) It focuses on each of the six soliloquies that Hamlet speaks, making a detailed analysis and showing their importance to the play and to an
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These punctuation, paragraphing and grammar exercises are part of my commentary on Lord of the Flies (132 pages, 52,000 words). The exercises can be a homework assignment or an in-class activity and done individually or in small groups of two or
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This package has two major tests and a 40 quotation identification test from my commentary on Hamlet (241 pages, 100,700 words). Students are awarded 1/2 mark for identifying the speaker and 1/2 mark for identifying the person addressed. An answer
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This is a 100-word quotation puzzle on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The puzzle is intended to be a review of the novel after the novel has been discussed in class. Students can work individually or in groups of two or three and the exercise
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This is a hundred-word crossword puzzle on The Merchant of Venice that is intended for review after a discussion of the play. Students can work individually or in groups of two or three and should take a full period - approximately one hour - to
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These two crosswords - one a review of the play; the other a quotation crossword - are intended to be used after the play has been studied. Students can work alone or in pairs and a bonus mark can be awarded to the student or students who are able
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This 100-word crossword puzzle is part of my commentary on Romeo and Juliet and is intended to stimulate discussion as well as serve as review for a final test on the play. The crossword can be done individually, in pairs or small groups, or
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(80 pages, 35,800 words)This commentary provides a detailed critique of the novel as well as a short comparison to Knowles' companion novel Peace Breaks Out. Included are chapter questions, character analysis, grammar exercises, tests and essay
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This crossword puzzle on The Chrysalids has been revised and upgraded to 100 words and is part of my commentary on the novel (106 pages, 47,000 words). It can be used for review after a reading and analysis of the novel or as a review before a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a high-school English teacher for over thirty years and continue to teach after my retirement as a supply teacher. While I was a PH. D student at Ottawa University, I taught a few courses to first-year students and a university summer course at the university's campus in Cornwall. I also taught a few summer courses to high school students for the Ottawa Board of Education. I enjoy writing critical commentaries on a wide variety of literary texts as well as teaching grammar and writing techniques. I especially enjoy dissecting works of literature and helping students come to grips with the text.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have employed a wide variety of teaching styles: from classroom discussion and debate, to group work and oral presentations, to one-on-one tutorials, to note-taking skills and essay-writing techniques. I believe that having a solid grounding in one's subject, being well prepared, and having a genuine love and enthusiasm for learning are the keys to any teaching style and give one the versatility and adaptability to seize every teaching moment. I learn a great deal from students - both from their questions and their insights - and I encourage students to disagree with me and to present their own perspective and point of view. Please let me know of any changes you would like me to make so that I might tailor my documents to suit your specific needs. I welcome your comments and feedback; it is a real honour to share my ideas with you and I hope that you will find my commentaries beneficial to you and your students.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. - St. Patrick's College, Ottawa B.Theology - St. Paul University, Ottawa M.A. - Carleton University, Ottawa Ph. D courses and teaching - Ottawa University, Ottawa B. Ed. - Queen's University, Kingston

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have published a number of literary commentaries for the Ottawa Board of Education. These commentaries, as well as a number of others, have been greatly updated and expanded. I have commentaries on a number of Shakespeare's tragedies-Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Julius Caesar-complete with a detailed explanation of specific aspects of the play, as well as crossword puzzles, quizzes, essay and seminar topics, discussions of the characteristics of the tragic figure and graphs of the structure of a Shakespearean tragedy. I also have commentaries on The Great Gatsby, Darkness At Noon, A Separate Peace, Brave New World, The Crucible, The Chrysalids, A Man For All Seasons, The Pearl, The Moon is Down, Pygmalion, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Stone Angel, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Henry IV, Part I, A Handbook on Grammar, Punctuation, Sentence Structure and Essay Writing, and many, many more. I am sure that many will find these commentaries a valuable resource. Please feel free to contact me through the Q@A forum - I am only too happy to help in any way I can. Mike Cummings