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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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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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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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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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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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Incorporate active learning into your instruction with these 10 +1 Grammar Trashketball Games (one free game included)! Students review numerous grammar and language skills to meet Common Core Standards. This bundle includes power point
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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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Teach grammar concepts and skills with these 15 +1 Grammar Review Trashketball Games (one free game included). These language games also use active learning to help you meet Common Core Standards. This bundle includes the following games:
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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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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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Here is a challenging test for the novel Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Requiring close reading of the book, the test includes three sections: character and quote matching, true and false, and a literary analysis essay. For the essay, students
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Do your students need a fun challenge to help them achieve Common Core language standards? If so, then you should engage them with a game of “Review of Phrases: It’s Time to Play TRASHKETBALL!” Throughout this power point presentation, teams of
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Make learning fun with this College Test Preparation Practice (Grammar & Usage Errors) Trashketball Game! With sentence problems in the style of the SAT college admission exam, this power point presentation will reinforce student learning of
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This Growing Bundle includes all of my paired passages writing task lessons as of December 2016. It encompasses 15 reading lessons for 30 classic texts. These lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying
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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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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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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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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
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Teaching MLA format (7th Edition) and how to write citations for Works Cited pages can be tedious, but students need to know this information for when they write research papers. And while some people are tempted to use online citation machines,
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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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