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Give students practice writing arguments with these bell ringer handouts that require them to consider evidence for claims, brainstorm counterarguments, and provide possible refutation. Each handout starts with an engaging topic for adolescents
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Students make relevant connections to classic texts with this lesson. Students complete close readings of two texts: Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and The Washington Post article, “Study Suggests You Can Die of a Broken Heart.” Besides
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Get your students excited about researching and writing argument essays with this month-long unit! In this unit, students first read, analyze, and evaluate columns from The New York Times “Room for Debate” feature on relevant real-world topics.
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Help students talk meaningfully about their reading and improve their speaking & listening skills. Discussion handouts require students to summarize, analyze author’s craft, define vocabulary, and identify text support. Students also select
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This lesson provides your students with practice writing a literary analysis prose constructed response. First, engage students with a Cherokee myth and a Greek myth: “How the World Was Made” and “Demeter and Persephone.” Then help students
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Make teaching Shakespeare relevant with connections to nonfiction texts! Students complete close readings of two texts: an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The New York Times online article (link provided), “Modern
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This game helps students review rhetorical appeals such as ethos, logos, and pathos in the context of classic speeches and texts. Texts referenced include Sojourner Truth’s “And Ain’t I a Woman?”, Patrick Henry’s “The Speech to the Second Virginia
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Here is a challenging test for the novel Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Requiring close reading of the book, the test includes three sections: character and quote matching, true and false, and a literary analysis essay. For the essay, students
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Use this rigorous lesson to prepare your students to write an analytical essay. First, engage students with two classic texts: “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry and “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain. Then help students
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Make your study of Martin Luther King, Jr., a literacy lesson with a primary source. Students complete a close reading of his prophetic speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top,” and use their reading as inspiration for their own writing. With
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Add rigor to your lessons with my newest Common Core Writing Task Paired Passages lesson! Not only do students complete close readings of two classic short stories, this lesson gives your students practice with a literary analysis prose
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Use active learning to assess your students’ reading! Get students out of their seats and engage them with this “A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: Trashketball Review Game.” Throughout this power point presentation, teams of
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This Common Core Writing Task Paired Passages lesson has students explore themes of love and devotion. Students complete close readings of the O.Henry story, “The Gift of the Magi,” and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me
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These lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas and themes across texts. Each lesson guides them through close readings of stories, speeches, and poems that vary by genre, time period, and
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Make reading classics relevant to secondary students with these real world nonfiction connections. With these three lessons, help your students meet the expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of texts that vary
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This Common Core Writing Task Paired Passage makes 9/11 relevant for English class. In this rigorous lesson, students complete close readings of Billy Collins's poem, “The Names,” and Toni Morrison’s poem, “The Dead of September 11.” During the
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Are you tired of regular quizzes but still need to assess your students’ learning? If so, then you should engage them with this “The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Trashketball Review Game.” Throughout this power point presentation, teams
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Use this critical thinking and inquiry learning activity to engage your students for their reading of the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core and help prepare students for PARCC, this anticipation
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Connect poetry and prose writing with this fun lesson. To begin, students read and analyze haiku poems. Additionally, they track images, symbols, and motifs in a prose selection such as a novel or short story. They use their examples to then
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This pre-reading strategy uses critical thinking and inquiry learning to engage your students for their upcoming reading of the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core and help prepare
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National Board Certified in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, I have been teaching for 20 years. I've taught diverse English classes in grades 6 -12 and English electives including Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Creative Writing, and Journalism. In addition to teaching full-time at a public high school, I have also taught English 101 at the local community college.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I want my students to be critical thinkers, readers, and writers so they can confidently face the many challenges in our complex society. To help students achieve this goal, I try to make learning relevant and fun, taking into consideration each student's strengths and needs. Many of my lessons feature cooperative learning, differentiation, and address the demands of the Common Core State Standards. Please visit my Facebook page if you would like to get tips for your classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Outstanding Professional Development School Mentor Award, Teacher Consultant for Eastern Shore Writing Project

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master of Education in Secondary English, Bachelor of Science in Journalism

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