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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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This lesson connects three texts – Robert Hayden’s poem, “Frederick Douglass,” an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s “My Bondage and My Freedom,” and an online article from The New York Times, “Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Makes Appeal at
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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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With this writing lesson for Dialogue Poems, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing. These lessons capitalize on the intimate relationship between the processes of reading and writing. In this lesson, students first read
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In this lesson, students read aphorisms from Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin and use these as mentor texts for their own writing. In pre-reading activities students paraphrase a quote, brainstorm favorite sayings, and define the
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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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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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Engage your students in literary analysis writing by incorporating the creation of artwork. This lesson, ideal for visual learners, meets numerous English Language Arts Common Core Standards and can be used with ANYliterary text selected by the
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Help your students make relevant connections to classic texts! Students complete close readings of two nonfiction texts: excerpts from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and an online Associated Press article, “Tiny House Movement Thrives Amid Real
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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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Help students choose novels for independent reading with this activity. Great to use at the beginning of the school year, this activity uses a strategy called IRA in which students evaluate their book choices by interest, readability, and
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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 lesson makes learning relevant by connecting real-world issues with an engaging poem. Students complete close readings of two texts: “Totally Like Whatever, You Know?” by Taylor Mali and “Beyond Malala: Six Teenagers Changing the World” from
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This three week unit is an excellent introduction to American Literature and meets the needs of visual, auditory, and linguistic learners as students are introduced to American voices and ideals through poetry, music, and art. Furthermore, it sets
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Here is a short power point presentation that introduces vocabulary related to the structure of an argument. With current emphasis on argument, this would be an effective lecture to start a unit for the writing of Argumentative Essays. Terms
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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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Use these before, during, and post-reading strategy activities to help your students become independent readers. Handouts require minimal, if any, teacher preparation, and are for use in multiple content areas including English, social studies,
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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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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.

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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.

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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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