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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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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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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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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 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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These punctuation exercises are part of my commentary on The Great Gatsby (151 pages, 70,700 words). The exercises can be used as a review of punctuation or as a test. Important punctuation such as the colon, semi-colon and dash is worth two
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These chapter questions, tests and essay topics are from my commentary on Lord of the Flies. The tests have a quotation and essay answer component and are intended to take approximately 55-60 minutes to complete. Students can select an essay topic
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These tests are part of my commentary on The Grapes of Wrath (251 pages, 122,000 words). Each content test, quotation test, has its own answer key. Also included is a list of essay topics. Tks, Mike CummingsThe Grapes of Wrath Four Content Tests
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This punctuation quiz can be used as an exercise or a test and can be adapted according to the teacher's discretion. The most important punctuation marks - the colon, semi-colon and dash - are worth two marks; all other punctuation - commas,
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These crossword puzzles - one 100 words; the other 99 words - on Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath are intended to be a review of the novel after the novel has been studied and discussed in class. The crosswords have many similar clues with
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This package is part of my commentary on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The package includes a punctuation exercise and answer sheet, a grammar exercise and answer sheet, eight tests and a listing of Brutus's 14 errors in judgment - the most errors
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These tests on Hamlet are part of my commentary on the play (Hamlet 241 pages, 100,700 words). Most of the tests have an essay and a quotation component while others are open-book essay tests. Also included is a list of essay topics and a list of
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This seventy-question multiple-choice test with answer sheet is a means of testing the students' reading of the novel as well as a way of reviewing the novel before a final test. Each question has four choices - a, b, c, or d. Before the test,
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This 100-word crossword puzzle is part of my commentary on the play. It is intended primarily as a review for a test after the play has been studied and can be an in-class activity that can be done either individually or in pairs or as a homework
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These tests are taken from my analysis of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons. Most of the tests involve a choice of essay questions as well as a short answer section and should take a whole period - approximately 50 to 60 minutes - to complete.
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These tests and essay topics are part of my commentary on Romeo and Juliet (101 pages, 39, 000 words). The tests have two components: a quotation section where students have to identify the speaker and the person addressed, describe the specific
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This crossword is part of my commentary on King Lear and is intended to stimulate discussion and to serve as a review for a test. The crossword should take approximately 50 minutes and can be done indivually or in pairs or small groups. I am also
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This punctuation exercise can be used as a punctuation review or a test. The exercise is intended for senior classes since it demands a fairly sophisticated knowledge of punctuation. Included with the exercise is a review of the rules of
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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