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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Use this critical thinking and inquiry learning activity to engage your students for their reading of the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core and help prepare students for PARCC, this anticipation
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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. They
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Help your students make relevant connections to classic texts! Students complete close readings of two texts: Washington Irving's classic story, "The Devil and Tom Walker," and The New York Times article, "On Wall Street, a Culture of Greed Won't
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This bundle includes all of my poetry bell ringer resources. It encompasses six resources with 23 poems. As a growing bundle, I will be adding more resources and poems periodically, including poems for the spring and summer seasons (at no
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This Common Core Writing Task Paired Passage is just in time for Halloween! It engages students with a classic story and poem. In this rigorous lesson, students complete close readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and Lord
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This Common Core Writing Task engages students in close reading with an excerpt from Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun, and Langston Hughes's poem, "Mother to Son." They complete handouts with before, during, and post-reading
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Use these bell ringer prompts (theme topic, theme statement & text support) to get students reading and analyzing poems quickly. Each handout requires students to provide theme topics, theme statements, and text support for their responses.
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Do you teach reading in your secondary class? Are you using Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive in your classes? Then use these digital task cards as formative assessment for Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards for Reading.
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Use these digital task cards on Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive to review To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee with your students after their reading. These task cards would be excellent for bell ringers, exit slips, small group work, or learning
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Make poetry analysis fun for your students with these magnifying glasses! Students use them to examine the following poetic devices: diction, structure, sound devices, symbolism, figurative language, and theme. Then each student completes a poetry
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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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