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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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With the Common Core’s emphasis on writing and argumentation, this power point helps explain thesis statements, logical evidence, and outlines. It includes two brief interactive activities. One requires students to evaluate sample thesis
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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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Use these anchor essays (exemplars) to engage students with inquiry and cooperative learning. Students evaluate exemplar essays to improve their own writing. Furthermore, this lesson could also be used as a diagnostic writing assessment. In the
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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 Common Core Writing Task Paired Passages lesson has students explore themes of love and devotion. Students complete 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
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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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With Common Core’s emphasis on argumentative essay writing, it’s more important than ever for teachers to provide students with writing tools. Use this model outline to show an argument supporting smoking restrictions in vehicles. By reading the
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Use the Literature Tableau Vivant to review reading for any text! Great for your kinesthetic learners and theatrical students, it’s drama without the action and dialogue. Additionally, this lesson prepares your students to meet the expectations of
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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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