Not Your Mother's English Teacher

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Engage kids with poetry! Have your students research Holocaust poetry websites and find one that they can match with some aspect of Elie Wiesel's Night. Students will fill an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet with their poem, quotes from the novel, and images that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, World History, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Novel Study, Internet Activities
$2.50
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Research papers can be quite stressful for high school students. Allow your kids to let off a little creative steam by creating a Christmas parody. Choose a parody song "Twelve Days of Research Papers" or a parody poem "'Twas the Night Before
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cultural Activities
$2.00
2
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Have your students write their own moral dilemma short stories. Here are 25 prompts set to cut into strips so every student can have his/her own topic and you don't have to read the same story over and over.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Short Stories
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$3.00
1
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Use this handy template and creative model to encourage your students to write their own satirical essay after reading Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." A 5E lesson plan is included along with a planning template and a creative model essay.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$3.00
1
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Take just a few moments to review theme and tone by having kids read 4 different fun pieces of poetry, circle or highlight high connotation words, and then choose the best theme and tone from a multiple choice list. Use individually or in pairs or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Fun Stuff
$2.00
1
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
This assignment has questions that are excellent for exploring just about any literary nonfiction article. I have included a link to an article I use with it that is very engaging. It's a letter from a high school football star to his mother,
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$2.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Product includes 6 poems by Big 6 Poets, project specifications and rubrics. Use this to allow students to connect with the poetry and express their creativity. Check out my store for day one of this lesson in which students analyze these poems
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
2
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Students evaluate their ability to learn something new two different ways. First they will try to learn using written instructions. Then they will learn using a how-to video. Finally, they will evaluate their own learning by comparing and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Use this bundle to plan your research paper project. The subject is "Influential People From the Last 30 Years," and it includes topic choices that match availability on Gale Database (Biography and Student Resources in Context). It comes with a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$14.00
1
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Quick and easy. Focus your students' attention on the incrementalism in the movie version of the novel. I use it with the live action version from 1999, but it is open enough to work with any version.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Movie Guides
$1.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Use as an individual project while reading or as a group project for student-centered collaborative learning, this is a terrific way to get students to dig into the play Macbeth. There are five questions per act (for a total of 25) in which students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Allow your students to try your hand on 6 poems from the Big 6 poets using the S.M.I.L.E. method. This handout is challenging. I put my kids in groups of four and allowed them to choose 4 of 5 questions to answer about each one for a 50 minute
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Rubrics
$5.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
All purpose packet for independent novel reading. Can be used with choice books, literature circles, or whole class for any novel. Contains a cover sheet that doubles as a rubric so students understand from the beginning what will be graded and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$5.00
2
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
This is a 50-question knowledge-level test that checks for comprehension for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. File includes a test review, an A and B version, a 10-item pictorial vocabulary list (best for students who are English as a Second Language),
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
$8.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Bundle of 3 5E Lesson Plans: Day 1: Group Activity - Discovering the Characteristics of a Sonnet 5E Lesson plan includes step-by-step instructions for this student-centered collaborative activity in which students discover the characteristics of a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
$10.00
$7.50
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After reading Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Prologue, have your students try their hands at their OWN character. Using the example included, guide your students to creating a 14 line poem in iambic pentameter that introduces a stereotype of the modern
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
No more brainless study questions! As students read Beowulf, they will identify examples that prove Beowulf is an epic poem and the character himself is an epic hero. This requires high level thinking and solidifies the characteristics in the
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$3.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Add 30 points to your students' lowest daily grade and refill your tissue supply in this win-win combination. Project requires students to create a theme statement from a list of topics, find quotes, write an original Haiku, and illustrate. This is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$2.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
This assignment can be downloaded for print, but it is primarily for use online as an alternative to a poster-board and markers. The students are asked to analyze a main character in a novel. There are two questions for each of eleven body parts,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$2.00
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By Not Your Mother's English Teacher
Read the novel Night in class in 5 90-minute class periods. Each class period, students will complete a double entry journal sheet, color coded by day. The sheet will be used as an exit ticket, so students must manage time in class while reading.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, World History, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study
$5.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 13th year teaching high school English Language Arts. I taught tenth grade English II, World Literature, for eight years, ninth and eleventh for one semester each (long story!), and now this is my fifth year teaching twelfth grade English IV, British Literature. I also have my ESL certification and teach sheltered English IV.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am very laid back. I am convinced that kids WANT to do well. If I give the kids thorough, step-by-step instructions and an engaging lesson, they will want to participate and do their best. I never use a stodgy old thing when a jazzy new thing can achieve the same purpose. I'm the queen of the YouTube clips and try to keep things fresh and interesting for everyone involved.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My honors come out of the mouths of happy, graduating kiddos at the end of each year.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a BBA in Marketing from Texas Wesleyan University and a minor in English Language Arts. I'm certified in English Language Arts 8-12 and English as a Second Language 8-12.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I was in 12th grade, I remember thinking about my horribly boring Honors English teacher: "English is the best, most interesting subject in the whole world, and this woman is killing it. I should be an English teacher when I grow up. I KNOW I could make this subject fun and interesting for my students!" It took me several years to get back to that idea, but I'm here now, and that's one of my biggest goals as a teacher.

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