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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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These lessons pair texts with universal themes. They help your students meet expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author. Then students construct connections
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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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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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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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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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This lesson guides your students step-by-step through the process of writing the literary analysis essay, including writing a claim, choosing the best text evidence, explaining evidence, and connecting evidence to a theme. Because the lesson
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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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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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Engage students while they read about inspiring women from around the world, and they study nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions Women referenced include the following: Elizabeth Blackwell, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Joan of Arc,
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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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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 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 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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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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