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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Make your study of Martin Luther King, Jr., a literacy lesson with a primary source. Students complete a close reading of his prophetic speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top,” and use their reading as inspiration for their own writing. With
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This pre-reading strategy uses critical thinking and inquiry learning to engage your students for their upcoming reading of the book, Animal Farm by George Orwell. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core and help prepare students for
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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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(Newly updated August 2015) This pre-reading strategy uses critical thinking and inquiry learning to engage your students for their upcoming reading of the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core
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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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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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Make reading classics relevant to secondary students with these real world nonfiction connections. With these three lessons, help your students meet the expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of texts that vary
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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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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.

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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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