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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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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 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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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
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For use with the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, this activity includes three essay topics to chose from. Rubric and pre-writting planning worksheet printable included. Also includes the Quick Guide to Literary Essays handout. Student
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The September 11th (9/11) Essay Writing bundle includes 6 different prompts. There are two prompts each for expository, persuasive and narrative essay writing. In addition to the prompts, there are instructions on using it as a demand or timed
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The Veterans' Day Essay Writing bundle includes 6 different prompts. There are two prompts each for expository, persuasive and narrative essay writing. In addition to the prompts, there are instructions on using it as a demand or timed writing
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Choice of SIX literary essays with rubric for use with the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Students will examine the story for specific examples and provide analysis in response to the questions. Includes planning worksheet. Student
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Using a Christmas Carol (or song or a Winter themed one), students will analyze the poetic elements in use and their impact on the song. This process has students start with the close reading, using the fill-in-the-blank student printable. After
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My Personal Time Machine project is a good personal reflection activity. This file includes student instruction sheet, with questions to guide reflection in their writing. Rubric included. Students reflect on what they would change, if they had a
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Choice of two literary essays with rubric for use with the story “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. Students will examine the story for specific examples and provide analysis in response to the questions. Includes planning worksheet. This is a
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The Christmas themed essay writing bundle includes 15 different prompts. There are five prompts each for expository, persuasive and narrative essay writing. Topics are inclusive for those who celebrate Christmas in a religious or secular way.
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This project for has students compare "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" to "The Monkey's Paw." The stories have very different approaches to the use and outcome of wishes. Includes options for a literary essay or a multimedia project. Great culminating
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The End of the School Year themed essay writing bundle includes 6 different prompts. There are two promptw each for expository, persuasive and narrative essay writing. In addition to the prompts, there are instructions on using it as a demand or
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The Halloween themed essay writing bundle includes 3 different prompts. There is one prompt each for expository, persuasive and narrative essay writing. In addition to the prompts, there are instructions on using it as a demand or timed writing
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Choice of three literary essays with rubric for use with the story “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. Students will examine the story for specific examples and provide analysis in response to one of the questions. Includes planning worksheet.
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This project is divided into 3 parts (past, present and future) that can work together as one large project, or be broken into separate pieces. For example, the Past project works well at the start of the year while the Future part is a good year
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The Mother's Day themed essay writing bundle includes 3 different prompts. There is one prompt each for expository, persuasive and narrative essay writing. In addition to the prompts, there are instructions on using it as a demand or timed writing
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The New Year's themed essay writing bundle includes 3 different prompts. There is one prompt each for expository, persuasive and narrative essay writing. In addition to the prompts, there are instructions on using it as a demand or timed writing
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This Essay Writing topic works great with the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," with another ghost story, or as a stand alone essay for Halloween. Students have a choice of expository or narrative response to the prompt: "Do you believe in ghosts." This
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have spent 9 years teaching on a shoestring budget in the midst of wealthy suburbia at an alternative high school program. My first four years, I had no classroom set of textbooks. This was where I began the process of creating engaging, interesting, hands-on projects while learning to find and use free eTexts in my classroom. A process that I came to enjoy and to continue, even after my colleagues selected a classroom set of textbooks.

The bigger challenge came with the 'no homework' policy. We had to do all reading and all projects in the classroom, requiring careful planning and trying to cram together various elements of whatever standards, expectations or mandated requirements were expected of me. (Common Core will be the third set for me in a mere decade of teaching.)

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is to find ways to get the students interested. Hands-on projects and/pr offering a variety of writing assignments for different styles-- differentiated learning. Even my selection of texts used in the classroom was carefully done to maximize student engagement, either through comparison with the movie, themes, or related projects.

I used reading question packets mainly to keep them keeping up with the text (at least mostly) so they could more successfully complete the work-- not being able to have them read at home required me to make sure (as best as I could) that they made the most of their time in class.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2009, the Brighton Adult Education program, including myself, was recognized by the state as Shining Stars for excellence in adult education. I also have Microsoft Office Master certification for Office 2007.

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 & History education. I later returned to online schooling to get a Graduate Certificate in Educational Media & Technology.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Find me on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/asleepatmouse I'm one of the contributors at the Cross Curricular Corner blog (A Secondary Teacher's Lounge): http://crosscurricular.wordpress.com/ I'm on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/msdicksontpt

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