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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Halloween
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.50
$2.00
99
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$17.49 $14.00
$11.20
32
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$16.50 $12.50
$10.00
62
Bundle
By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
$8.00 $6.75
$5.40
38
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.00
$1.60
64
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.50
$2.00
51
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities
$3.00
$2.40
29
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By msdickson
Works with any story or book paired with any movie or play. Can be used with a portion of the story or the whole. Keeps students working while a movie or play is shown.This item is fully editable to fit any movie and book pairing.Contents:Comparison
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.50
$2.80
55
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$10.75 $8.50
$6.80
26
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Valentine's Day, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.75
$2.20
30
Digital Download PDF (0.63 MB)
By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables
$1.00
$0.80
61
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By msdickson
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 Critical
Subjects:
Literature, Halloween
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
$15.00 $11.00
$8.80
26
Bundle
By msdickson
A fun creative project that challenges students to pick a pivotal moment in a story and write a different ending from that point. They will reference the events of the original text in their writing, demonstrating understanding. In addition, they
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Printables
$2.00
$1.60
21
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By msdickson
The Company Project is a real-life project that combines business and creative writing for ELA classes. Great for engaging reluctant writers. Includes a variety of writing types centered around the fictional company that students create. Students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Posters
$7.50
$6.00
24
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By msdickson
A set of reading, critical thinking and assessment (test or quiz) questions for use with the text “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. Reading questions are in order of the text, divided in sections to match the text. Answer Key provided. Critical
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities
$3.00
$2.40
12
Digital Download PDF (0.93 MB)
By msdickson
Great distraction for Valentine’s romance plus engaging nonfiction for any time! Money-saving bundle of activities for Al Capone and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Several options of different non-fiction based activities. After reading the New
Subjects:
Valentine's Day, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities, Nonfiction Book Study
$11.50 $9.00
$7.20
22
Digital Download PDF (0.90 MB)
By msdickson
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,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Novel Study, Printables
$14.50 $13.00
$10.40
35
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By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$3.00
$2.40
30
Digital Download PDF (0.75 MB)
By msdickson
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Halloween
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
$14.00 $12.50
$10.00
27
Digital Download ZIP (1.13 MB)
By msdickson
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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.00
$1.60
20
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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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