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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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Review language skills and grammar with this bundle that includes all of my PowerPoint trashketball games. Students meet the expectations of Common Core Language Standards and study conventions of standard English grammar and usage in these games.
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Do you need an activity to keep your students engaged on Halloween? Make learning fun with this Halloween inspired game of Parts of Speech (Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives) Trashketball. This power point presentation will reinforce their learning of
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Here is a fun lesson to integrate literacy and science, and also get students moving (excellent for the end of the year, outdoor education, Earth Day, or summer camp)! Students start by reading and discussing a fairy tale, “Cat and Mouse in
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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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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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Need a lesson 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 speech). With Inspired
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Here is a parts of speech review Trashketball game for the winter holidays. While reading about holidays and festivals including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and the Sapporo Snow Festival, this game helps students review parts of
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This poetry bundle includes a variety of reading, writing, and review activities for you next poetry unit. These lessons inspire students with various poetry forms, authors, and creative activities and can be used to incorporate lessons for National
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Use these end of the school year task cards to help students review memories, goals, and learning in the secondary ELA classroom. Great for the last weeks of school, this activity engages students and encourages them to reflect on their experiences
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Have fun during the Thanksgiving holiday with this parts of speech review trashketball game. While reading about Thanksgiving traditions, this game helps students review parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.
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While reading information about African Americans and their history, this game helps students review sentence structures including the following: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. The text focuses on the lives and achievements of Rosa
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In this fun 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
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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 three poems and bell ringers
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These autumn and Thanksgiving bell ringer prompts 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 and
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Use these winter season 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 classic poems
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Do you want an end of the year activity that requires your students to use their argumentative writing skills? This persuasive letter will certainly meet your needs. This lesson requires students to use rhetorical appeals and strategies to make a
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#kindnessnation This free Instagram activity gets students researching about people who are inspirational and have made personal sacrifices. Now, more than ever, it's important for students to research historical figures, local heroes, and others
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Use "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving to make Halloween connections in your secondary ELA class. In addition to analyzing author's style, students include character, setting, plot, and theme in their own story writing. This activity
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Here is a digital writing task resource for Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive. Much like my popular printed lesson, guide students through close readings of the poem, "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and
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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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