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This retelling activity has students translate the events of the poem into a micro-blogging posts or Tweets. They will have to focus on the main events and themes of the poem as they translate those into the limitations micro-blogging and social
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Set of activities for us with the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. Includes reading questions, graphic organizers, vocabulary, and literary essay writing. Projects include the set of 9 Culminating Projects (including creating a dramatic
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This activity bundle gives you several choices for comparing the text of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens with some or all of one of the movie or play versions. Includes evaluation of the movie vs book pairing with several options. While
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This model turns writing a 5 Paragraph Essay into a fill-in-the-blank activity. Works for introducing students to the structure and organization of essays. Also good for helping students of all ages practice shorter essays or reinforcing good
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Reading comprehension questions and inference questions for the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. Students will answer the questions while reading or after reading to demonstrate their understanding. Students will also strengthen their skills
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This activity bundle gives you several choices for comparing a movie (or portion of a movie) with a short story or novel of your choice. Includes evaluation of the movie vs book pairing with several options. Fully editable. While use of movies
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Great introduction to Literary Analysis! Student use a song of their choice to write a literary analysis. Students will walk through the steps of a literary analysis with the printables, then put the pieces together in an essay. The break down of
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Set of activities for use with “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. Includes graphic organizers, reading and critical thinking questions, chapter review activity, Book Cover project, Literary Essay with three topics to choose from, a letter
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Set of activities for use with The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Includes a set of three graphic organizers, a Movie vs. Book Comparison activity, and Culminating Projects set with Task Cards, Choice Board and Student Menu options. Stand-alone
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Set of materials to support writers of all levels in writing a literary analysis essay for any text. Includes guidance on picking a topic (optional) as well as several printables to help students with the process, including the inclusion of
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Money-Saving bundle of activities for studying “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. Reading and assessment questions, graphic organizers, literary essay writing, and several projects to fit your classroom’s needs! Each activity includes a separate
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Activities for use with the story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. Includes a variety of activities for before, during, and after the story. Lots of options to choose from in a money-saving bundle. Contents: --Reading and
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A pair of creative projects that work with any novel or short story. Students will create a book cover or movie poster. The book cover includes images/ motifs from the text as well as a short blurb about the story. The movie poster includes
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Activities for use with the short story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Includes a variety of options to fit your classroom needs including reading questions, assessments, graphic organizers, projects, and vocabulary. Contents: Reading,
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Fun activities to go with learning or reviewing major literary terms! Includes a crossword puzzle with 25 clues plus answer key—good for review. Also includes a word search with the same terms for a fun filler activity—also includes answer key.
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Sometimes students (and their teachers) need a break from the pressures of the romantic aspects of Valentine’s Day. This activity looks at the entirely-unromantic St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, 1929. Students will read the historic New
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For use with the text or audio of the "I Have a Dream" Speech by Martin Luther King Jr (MLK.) This item includes a set of quizzes as well as critical thinking questions. The quizzes are delivered in three forms-- a pair of multiple choice/ short
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A set of questions for use with the text The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells. Includes Reading Questions with key, Critical Thinking questions, and Reading Comprehension Quizzes (12) Contents: Reading Question: Questions are divided by chapter and
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A fun project that combines real-world writing and analysis with creative writing. Students will analyze the text for details, apply forensics to the investigation, and use creative writing to conduct interviews about Fortunato's disappearance.
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Set of graphic organizers to help students recall and analyze the story ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W. Jacobs. Includes Literary Devices, Wishes & Consequences and a Story map. Answer Keys included. Contents: Literary Devices Graphic Organizer
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I spent years teaching English on a Shoestring Budget, using Photocopies and Projects to stretch my meager budget of school and personal funds. In addition to limited resources, I also had the challenge of engaging reluctant alternative high school students. I worked to balance high expectations with accessible coursework. I keep an eye out for affordable, yet engaging text options that can be used for papers and projects in class.

MY TEACHING STYLE

The goal of any activity in education is for students to learn and then demonstrate their understanding of the concepts. However, they cannot understand what they know if they are not engaged in the activity. It is always my goal to create activities that are accessible and/ or engaging so that students can be successful. Projects are my favorite as they allowed flexibility and opportunities for differentiation. I also do appreciate reading questions to guide students, and hold them accountable for reading (and they are accessible, since I make them in order and limited "tricky" questions.)

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Recognized by the State of Michigan, along with the other teachers, for Excellence in Adult Education.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my GED rather than be a senior in high school. I spent two years at a local community college before transferring to finish my degree in Secondary English and History education. I later returned to online schooling to get a Graduate Certificate in Educational Media and Technology. I always try to help my own students have a better high school experience than I did.

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