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Make reading and writing poetry fun with this lesson for Shape (Concrete) Poems. After reading poems, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing. The lessons starts with a “puzzling” warm up (using online links to Rebus puzzles);
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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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Engage your students with this Tuck Everlasting Review Game and assess their comprehension of the novel. Students have fun while demonstrating their understanding of characters, setting, plot, literary devices, and theme. Throughout this
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Help students talk meaningfully about their reading and improve their speaking & listening skills. Discussion handouts require students to summarize, analyze author’s craft, define vocabulary, and identify text support. Students also select
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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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Provide guided and independent practice for verbal phrases including gerunds, infinitives, and participles. This printable handout provides a “Scavenger Hunt” activity to help your students see the use of verbal phrases in the literature that they
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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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Are your students tired of regular quizzes, but you need a way to assess their learning and reading? If so, then you should engage them with this Animal Farm Trashketball Review Game. Throughout this power point presentation, teams of students
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Here is a mini-unit for verbal phrases which combines three of my resources into one bundle. This zip file includes a Verbal Phrases Scavenger Hunt activity, guided practice trashketball game (power point), independent practice worksheet, and
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Help students choose novels for independent reading with this activity. Great to use at the beginning of the school year, this activity uses a strategy called IRA in which students evaluate their book choices by interest, readability, and
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Are your students tired of regular quizzes, but you need a way to assess their learning and reading? If so, then you should engage them with “The Giver by Lois Lowry: Trashketball Review Game." Throughout this power point presentation, teams 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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This pre-reading strategy uses critical thinking and inquiry learning to engage your students for their upcoming reading of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core and help prepare students for
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Use active learning to assess your students’ reading! Get students out of their seats and engage them with this “A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: Trashketball Review Game.” Throughout this power point presentation, teams of
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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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Use these bell ringer prompts to give students practice reading and analyzing poems quickly. Each handout requires students to provide theme topics, theme statements, and text support for their responses. There are five poems by classic American
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Use the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and a nonfiction article to talk about themes of race and injustice. In this lesson, students complete close reading to analyze and interpret the texts, focusing on character traits and author’s purpose.
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This bundle includes five lessons and activities to excite your students about their reading of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Activities stress the use of text evidence, close reading, nonfiction reading, and other reading review
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This bundle includes all of my real-world nonfiction connections resources. It encompasses eight resources. As a growing bundle, I will be adding more resources periodically (at no additional cost to those who have already purchased the bundle).
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Use nonfiction as students read Native American Myths and connect them to an excerpt from the book, No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. The readings engage your students with topics about the environment and consumerism, and could make an excellent STEM
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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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