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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 bundle includes SIX of my paired passages lessons that should be appropriate for middle school students. It encompasses six close reading lessons for 12 texts. These lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading,
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Help students use precise word choice and eliminate redundancy in their writing with this memoir lesson. Originally inspired by The Washington Post feature “Life is Short: Autobiography as Haiku,” students write 100 word memoirs. It teaches
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Are your students tired of regular quizzes, but you need a way to assess their learning and reading? If so, then you should engage them with this Animal Farm Trashketball Review Game. Throughout this power point presentation, teams of students
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This Growing Bundle includes all of my paired passages writing task lessons as of December 2016. It encompasses 15 reading lessons for 30 classic texts. These lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying
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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, Animal Farm by George Orwell. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core and help prepare students for
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Challenge your students with two poems and help them meet the expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of rigorous texts: “My Dear and Loving Husband,” by Anne Bradstreet and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning.
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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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Use this activity as an icebreaker and team builder at the beginning of the school year in any secondary class. Students use critical thinking as they walk around the classroom asking one another questions in order to guess the people on the cards
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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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In this lesson, students complete close readings of Thomas Hardy's poem, "The Man He Killed," and Liam O'Flaherty's story, "The Sniper." Then they synthesize their understanding of the readings and write a short literary analysis essay. They
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Use these bell ringer prompts to give students practice reading and analyzing poems quickly. Each handout requires students to provide theme topics, theme statements, and text support for their responses. There are five poems by classic British
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Do you want an active way to assess your students learning? If so, then you should engage them with this “Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Trashketball Review Game.” Throughout this power point presentation, teams of students recall characters,
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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 Lord of the Flies by William Golding Trashketball Review Game. Throughout this power point presentation, teams of
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Use these Literature Trashketball Games to review literary elements (character, setting, plot, figurative language, sound devices, theme, etc.) in numerous classic novels! This bundle includes PowerPoint presentations that will help you review the
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Create a positive classroom community with this icebreaker and team builder activity at the beginning of the school year. Much like the classic “21 Questions Game,” students walk around the classroom asking one another questions in order to use
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Use these character cards to create a positive classroom culture at the beginning of the school year. Much like the classic “21 Questions Game,” students walk around the classroom asking one another questions in order to use critical thinking and
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Do you teach literacy skills in your class? Then use these task cards as formative assessment for Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards for Reading. They can be used for bell ringers, exit slips, small group work, or learning
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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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