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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, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.50
75 ratings
3.9
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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
24 ratings
4.0
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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
20 ratings
4.0
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By msdickson
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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Printables
$2.00
17 ratings
4.0
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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
8 ratings
3.9
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By msdickson
A pair of creative writing activities that go beyond the text. The prequel writing activity works create with stories that hint of past events. A sequel writing project is great for stories that leave readers wondering “what happens next” either
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Printables
$3.00
9 ratings
3.9
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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
15 ratings
4.0
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By msdickson
NOW with Task Cards, Choice Board, Student Menu, and Stand Alone project options! This collection of 10 Creative Culminating Projects offers many choices to use with any novel or short story. Contents: • Culminating Projects Set: Task Card
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Printables, Task Cards
$14.75
$12.50
15 ratings
4.0
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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
16 ratings
4.0
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By msdickson
Fun for Back to School OR for use with the story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. Students create their own coat of arms based on their own personal or family identify and values. A coat of arms was intended to be a symbol of a
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities
$1.50
10 ratings
3.9
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By msdickson
Use with any poem! This pair of projects has students analyzing and identifying the poetic devices and their uses. Can be used as a whole class project or individually. Lists of poetic devices included for reference. Instructions are included
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$2.00
13 ratings
3.8
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By msdickson
For use with the story “The Monkey’s Paw.” Students will write a prequel for one of the two previous owners of the monkey’s paw, using details from the story about that owner. Students will include reference to the original text as well as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities, Rubrics
$1.00
8 ratings
3.9
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By msdickson
Students explore descriptive writing and good descriptions in this hands-on activity. They will draw a beast (or monster/ alien/ creature) and write a detailed description. From that description, their classmate(s) will attempt to recreate the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By msdickson
A set of 16 projects for use with the study of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Students complete one or more projects related to material in and beyond the text. Allows students options to explore and create within their own interest and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Novel Study, Task Cards
$3.50
7 ratings
3.8
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By msdickson
This activity works well for self-reflection about change or growth—great as a stand-alone activity, or a tie in for stories about change, like “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. This pack includes a set of projects offered as Task Cards, student
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities
$2.50
7 ratings
3.9
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By msdickson
After reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving students will write a story from the Headless Horseman’s point of view. Includes choices for a narrative or a non-traditional format (such as interview, newspaper article, Twitter
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Novel Study
$1.75
12 ratings
4.0
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By msdickson
After studying the "I Have a Dream" Speech by MLK JR, students will create their own dreams for the future. They will reflect on their wishes for community, state, country, and world. There is leeway for the dreams to include health, legislative,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Projects, Activities
$1.00
6 ratings
3.9
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By msdickson
Personal Writing for use with "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Tired of essays? Includes a full set of materials for a Multimedia Project instead! In this project, the "road not taken" might include a different path than what their peers or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By msdickson
In conjunction with reading “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, students will write their own daydreams for Walter (minimum two). They will include trigger events that start Walter’s daydream. They will use characterization to show
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
$1.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By msdickson
A collection of 16 projects related to the story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Students complete one or more projects related to material in and beyond the text. Allows students options to explore and create within their own
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
$3.50
9 ratings
4.0
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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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