Monica Lukins
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Monica Lukins
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Point of View definitions are included for FIRST PERSON, THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT, and THIRD PERSON LIMITED. Students use these definitions to create a Point of View flipbook (directions attached here with steps and PHOTOS to show how to create
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This one-page "Narrative Writing Outline" helps students brainstorm and organize their ideas before writing their own fictional or personal narrative (story). This outline includes sections for: Attention-Grabber, Beginning (characters, setting,
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This 2-page Point of View Quiz (includes Answer Key) assesses students' knowledge of the three types of point of view (POV): first person, omniscient, and third person limited. The quiz includes 3 sections: 1) matching descriptions to type of POV
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This is a creative unit/student project (30 pages attached) to teach with the novel Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, which emphasizes character analysis and response to literature. (See the preview for the overview of the student project.) It
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Students work in groups to create a newspaper of multiple different articles about the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incans. For example, a Mayan newspaper might advertise chocolate, an Aztec newspaper may contain an article about Hernan Cortes taking over
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This Student Application is designed for the first day of school to get to know your students (I also sell a "First Day - Writing a Resume" activity). It also teaches them how to fill out an application, including important information under
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On this one-page worksheet (sample KEY provided), students match 12 themes given (in first column) to a character(s) in a STORY, NOVEL, OR MOVIE. Then, in the final column, students explain in a complete sentence how that character shows that
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Use this 2-page worksheet to teach the main rules of writing dialogue in a story. Each rule has examples and practice correcting dialogue. Then, at the end, students practice writing their own conversation using correct dialogue.
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Students revise a partner's narrative or their own narrative using this "Narrative Writing Revision Worksheet." Students are asked to do locate and label parts of the narrative (fun to use gel pens!) and rate the parts of the paper on a 1-4 scale
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Using this worksheet (with answer key), students will learn several themes of the short stories/chapters within the novel, Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman. On the worksheet, several themes are listed in the first column. Students are asked to match
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Students will enjoy reading the novel, Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman. Here you will find a chapter-by-chapter standards-based notes packet that goes along with the novel for students to complete as they read and analyze the 13 character stories
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Get to know your students on the first day of school by having them write their very own resume (directions & fill-in-the-blank resume included)! (I also sell "First Day Student Application".) Their "job" is to be a student this school year, and by
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Students may staple together several of the attached sheet, Vocabulary Graphic Organizer, to make a Vocabulary Book. With each word, students will write a definition, sentence, synonym, antonym, and draw a picture. This could be used for any
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Response to Literature Essay writing is made simple with this 5-page (one page per paragraph) Response to Literature Essay Writing Packet. Each page directs and explains to students what to include in each of the 5 paragraphs: Introduction, Body
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This 11-slide illustrative "Point of View" PowerPoint teaches students the three main types of POV in literature (first person, third person limited, and third person omniscient), fact vs. opinion, and also objective vs. subjective points of view.
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In this poetry project, students will analyze, write, and respond to poetry, study and identify literary devices within poetry, and complete an author study of a famous poet. All assignments will be published in a complete project folder. Included
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After reading the short story "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury and watching the movie version (I also sell Venn Diagram), students write a compare-and-contrast paragraph about the similarities and differences of the two versions. This is a
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Students enjoy researching and creating a "Memory Box" of a civil war hero. In this project (11 pages here), students research a civil war hero, write a biography (including a 3rd person prologue of life, 1st person monologue as the person, and
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This 13-slide "Elements of Plot" PowerPoint teaches students the elements of plot including characters, setting, conflict (internal & external), complications, climax, resolution, and theme. Students are not only given definitions of each element
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What better way to end the year than to have your students write letters to your upcoming students next year! This is a one-page template for a guided 3-paragraph letter that your students can write during the last week of school. It includes
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching grades 7 and 8 Language Arts and Social Studies at De Anza Academy of Technology & the Arts in Ventura, California since 2001. I have also briefly taught high school ESL (grades 9-12), and I spent one month teaching English in Moscow, Russia.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My class mission statement is: To build a community of students who embrace the process of learning…who are eager to learn, enjoy the act of learning, and feel success for what they have learned. I try to make learning fun through cooperative group work, hands-on projects, and creative writing.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

On September 7, 2011, I received the honor of "Teacher of the Month" (nominated by my principal through the Ventura Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation). I was given certificates from the senator, house of representatives, and county representatives along with several generous gifts from community organizations. I have also been serving as the department chair and English Language Arts District Liaison since 2003. I have also served as a Mentor to first and second year teachers. I have also had the responsibility as Technology Peer Coach and GATE Liaison.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California with a BA in English and Art supplementary authorization. I received my teaching credential there as well.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love my students, I love teaching, and my goal is to make learning fun for all!