Monica Lukins
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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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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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This PowerPoint defines and illustrates the 5 types of conflict found in literature: Man vs. Man, Man vs. Society, Man vs. Self, Man vs. Nature, and Man vs. Fate/God.
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Students can use this 11-page packet to help them understand and respond to the novel Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. It includes an introduction activity, chapter journals, similes list, foreshadowing notes, theme word web and notes,
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This is a great "Back to School" introductory creative writing project intended to help you, as the teacher, get to know your students, and introduce them to the elements of plot in literature and instill a passion for creative writing in
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This 4-page packet provides teacher and students with specific response to literature essay directions for ANY NOVEL/STORY/POEM (including color-coded sentence-by-sentence instructions), a blank brainstorm for students to plan essay, and an
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The attached 10 pages comprise a unit on the novel, The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox. While reading the novel, students take quizzes on a few chapters, complete a plot outline, write a critique (evaluation) of the novel, and write a summary using key
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Based on the novel, The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli, students write historical journals pretending to be characters in the novel and "Show and Tell" summaries after researching a real piece of history within the novel. Also includes
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This is a two-sheet worksheet with four student examples of poems. Students will enjoy reading both the novel Seedfolks and poetry written by Paul Fleischman and reflecting on their learning of the novel's characters through poetry of their own!
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Get back to school and get your students started by exciting them about reading and responding to their reading with this 3-page Reading Log with 30 choices for entries! Two pages make up the reading log, which is made up of 6 boxes one for each
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This worksheet is for students to reflect on how setting affects mood in the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Students compare and contrast 3 different setting and moods: town of Wethersfield, the Great Meadows, and Hannah Tupper's House.
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This worksheet is a "Novel Critique" designed in a "cloze" format for students to evaluate and write about a novel/book they have read. It invites student reflection and opinion about stories they have read. Students talk about their mood/feelings
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Students choose a character in the novel Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and practice finding and explain evidence of indirect characterization in the story. This chart includes the fie types of indirect characterization (appearance, action, speech,
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On this worksheet, students compare and contrast Puritan life in America to life in modern-day America. This worksheet can be combined with research or while reading the novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
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Students read, analyze, and write about Katherine Paterson's novel, The Master Puppeteer, in this novel unit. This 20-page unit includes a student work packet with individual worksheets on vocabulary, similes, conflict, themes, characterization,
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The Book Review is a standards-based book report that students may complete after they have read a book. (This worksheet is a FORM created on Adobe Acrobat for students to type in their information on a computer and print when finished!) It
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Students analyze the first character, Kim, in the novel Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and practice finding and explain evidence of indirect characterization in the story. This chart includes the fie types of indirect characterization (appearance,
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This 11-page unit packet provides teacher and students with specific response to literature essay directions (including color-coded sentence-by-sentence instructions), a blank brainstorm for students to plan essay, an example completed brainstorm
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Students are asked to read, annotate, and cite from three sources: Paul Fleischman's novel Seedfolks and two articles (one by Fleischman explaining how this book came about and another about the benefits of gardening). This final exam is an
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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!