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Challenge your students by guiding them through close readings of two poems, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and "Harlem (Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes. Then facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as
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In these three lessons, students practice close reading and essay-writing as they compare paired texts that have similar universal themes. These detailed lesson plans will provide you with everything you need to help your students meet Common Core
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Use this lesson for test prep and to give your students practice with an analytical prose constructed response. This also makes a meaningful lesson for Women's History Month. First, engage students with two high-quality texts: “Ain’t I a Woman?”
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Prepare students to write a literary analysis prose constructed response with this lesson. Students first complete close readings of the poem, "Naming Myself," and text excerpt, "My Name" from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Activity
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This is my Original Paired Passages Big Bundle. Challenge your students to think critically with this bundle including all of my popular Paired Passages. These lessons require students to synthesize their reading and identify central ideas across
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Challenge your students with rigorous texts and help them meet the expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of two poems, "We Wear the Mask" by pre- Harlem Renaissance poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and "I'm Nobody!
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Teach close reading and literary analysis writing by using these Poetry Paired Passages. Poems are paired with universal themes and help your students meet the expectations of Common Core Standards. Each lesson guides students through close
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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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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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These 16 lessons (32 texts) require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas across texts. Each lesson guides them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author; then students
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Help your students practice close reading and essay writing while also meeting expectations of the Common Core State Standards by guiding them through two poems, “First Lesson" by Philip Booth and "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden. Then
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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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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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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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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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My newest Common Core Writing Task Paired Passage engages students with two classic stories. In this rigorous lesson, students complete close readings of Richard Connell’s story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” and Shirley Jackson’s story, “The
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This lesson with paired passages has students explore themes of love through the 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 Count the Ways.” Students complete
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This thematic bundle for African American History Month includes nine secondary ELA lessons and activities that teach a variety of ELA reading, writing, and grammar skills. Specifically, the bundle includes five paired passages, two nonfiction
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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. To provide
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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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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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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