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By OCBeachTeacher
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 memoirs in 100 words or fewer. This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
W.8.3, W.8.3a, W.8.3b, W.8.3c, W.8.3d, W.8.3e, W.8.4, W.8.5, W.8.6, W.8.10, W.9-10.3...
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By OCBeachTeacher
Make reading and writing poetry fun with this lesson for Shape (Concrete) Poems. After reading poems, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing as they take their creative ideas through the writing process with a focus on the six
Subjects:
Writing, Poetry, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2...
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By OCBeachTeacher
Make the end of the school year meaningful for your high school students by having them read, view, and write commencement (graduation) speeches. This lesson is part of my Inspired Writing series; students use mentor texts as models for their own
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Google Apps, Activities
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.7, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.7...
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By OCBeachTeacher
Engage students and teach point of view by using poetry. The reading and writing of dialogue poems help students grasp character and theme complexities. With this writing lesson for dialogue poems, students use mentor texts as models for their own
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.6, RL.7.10, W.7.3a, W.7.3b, W.7.3c, W.7.3d, W.7.4...
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By OCBeachTeacher
This Trashketball game reviews literary terms, such as character, setting, plot, conflict, narration, and theme, that are essential knowledge for understanding fiction. Using references to classic literature, students check their understanding of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.5, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10, SL.8.1...
$4.25
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By OCBeachTeacher
Use these back-to-school task cards to help students review routines, expectations, and procedures in the secondary ELA classroom. Great for the first days of school, this activity engages students and encourages them to find answers in their
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Handouts
$3.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
Keep high school students focused with these 52 writing and discussion prompts that encourage students to think critically about situations requiring problem-solving (recently enhanced with Google Slides for distance learning). The prompts can be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, End of Year
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Task Cards, Google Apps, Activities
CCSS:
W.9-10.1, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.10
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By OCBeachTeacher
In this lesson, students read "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams and use the poems as inspiration for their own poetry writing. Additionally, students read lines from the poem "The Apple" and then examine
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.4, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2...
$4.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
Are you tired of the same old “I Am” poems? If yes, then try something new: get to know your students and engage them with this Inspired Writing lesson! This is a great activity for your return Back To School.With Inspired Writing, students use
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.10, W.9-10.3, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.9, W.9-10.10, SL.9-10.1, L.9-10.1, L.9-10.2, L.9-10.5
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By OCBeachTeacher
Want a lesson that makes learning relevant for Veterans Day or Memorial Day? Let students honor veterans and other heroes with this lesson and speech writing activity after a close reading of the speech “The Gettysburg Address" (or other selected
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.4, RI.8.5, RI.8.10, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5...
$4.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
In this engaging lesson, students use argumentative writing to provide a rationale for the study of banned or challenged books. Students participate in a short research activity to discover the charges against the books, then use a note catcher
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Essays, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.6, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.10, RI.8.1, RI.8.2...
$3.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
Use poetry to introduce American Literature. Addressing all English CCSS strands, this lesson encourages critical thinking by requiring students to synthesize texts with universal themes. Students explore themes of individuality, inequality,
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Test Prep
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.4, RL.8.5, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.9, RL.9-10.10...
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By OCBeachTeacher
Use these task cards to guide students through the revision of their narrative writing for ideas, organization, word choice, voice, fluency, conventions, and presentation. Revision is often one of the most challenging steps in the writing process,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Classroom Management, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Handouts
$4.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
Let your students show their creativity with this activity that allows them to visualize a line of poetry. Inspired by Poets.org Free Verse Project, this lesson and activity engages students in reading, analyzing, and then imagining poetry. First,
Subjects:
Poetry, Close Reading, Visual Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7
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By OCBeachTeacher
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
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Essays, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homeschool Curricula, Activities
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.5, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.1...
$3.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
Build classroom community with these 74 writing and discussion prompts that engage students and create a positive classroom culture! Available to print or to use digitally, these writing prompts can be used as bell ringers, journals, or other
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.10, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.2...
$3.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
If you like the FREEBIE Identity Poem lesson but want an enhanced version, this is it! Besides the lesson plan, activity handouts, and sample poem, this version includes a warm up for peer review (with key), peer review and proofreading handouts, a
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
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By OCBeachTeacher
Use the classic story, "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving, to make Halloween connections in secondary English Language Arts. After reading the story, students write a new ending with this creative writing prompt. In addition to
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Halloween
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10, W.9-10.3...
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By OCBeachTeacher
Create a positive classroom culture with these 64 writing and discussion prompts that encourage students to think critically about situations requiring problem solving. (These have recently been enhanced with Google slides so they can be used for
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.10, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.10
$3.99
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By OCBeachTeacher
In this holiday activity, students design stockings and choose gifts for characters, authors, historical figures, scientists, artists, or others being studied in secondary classes. This gets students thinking, reading, and researching about their
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Handouts
$3.00
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Digital Download PDF (1.52 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

National Board Certified in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, I have been teaching for 22+ 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

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Questions? Email me at ocbeachteacher@gmail.com. Thanks to Laine Sutherland for custom store banners and updated logo.code: Laine Sutherland To Danielle Knight for my store logo: Danielle Knight and KimberlyGeswein for the font

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