msdickson

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By msdickson
The Writing Dialogue Handout covers both the punctuation of dialogue as well as effective use in story writing. The story writing section includes the use of dialogue tags, how "said" becomes invisible to the reader, how to use character actions
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Handout to help students with Descriptive Words. This one-page guide provides a handful of vivid color words, touch/texture words, sound words, size words and location words, along with a few helpful hints. Handout is in color which makes for a
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
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Handy one-page guide to help remind students of the important elements in a literary essay. Works well as a complement to a lesson on literary essays—students can keep a copy in their notes for later reference. Prints well in color and black and
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Literature, Writing-Essays, Poetry
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7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
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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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I share teaching ideas and more at www.msdicksonsclass.com

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