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This is a favorite resource of mine because of its versatility in the classroom. Each of the nine chapter excerpts have 3-6 focused skill questions and an open ended response. I have used this activity as a do now, as a closure, as a cooperative
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Independent Work Packet, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.9, L.11-12.2, L.11-12.3, L.11-12.3a, L.11-12.4b, L.11-12.5, L.11-12.5a, L.11-12.5b
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By Opal's Gems
This 15 page resource WITH answer key is a highly effective means of teaching tone to advanced students. I use this with honors, AP and college students to build their skills through annotation and how to apply this knowledge to real rhetoric.
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Independent Work Packet, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.4, L.11-12.3, L.11-12.3a, L.11-12.4b
$8.95
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By Opal's Gems
There are two handouts with a total of FIVE exercises that scaffold the skill of embedding quotes into sentences. This is a vital skill for college and is tested on the PARCC as well as college entrance exams. The first handout explains how and
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Independent Work Packet, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$7.99
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By Opal's Gems
I collected all my best-selling resources on In Cold Blood here - one stop shopping! The bundle includes: the study guide, the close reading assignment, the comparative analysis essay, the creative writing/defense of Dick and Perry assignment, the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.1a, W.11-12.1b, W.11-12.1c, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.2a...
$31.75
$25.40
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By Opal's Gems
This assignment works best with AP or honors students who have a strong sense of grammar and rhetoric. I use these two exercises to review syntax as rhetoric and to assess students' understanding of how sentence structure affects meaning. It can be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Writing
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Independent Work Packet, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, W.11-12.1c, W.11-12.2d, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$4.95
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By Opal's Gems
Synthesis, or source based writing, is the new buzz word in education and in education reform that replaces the antiquated "research paper" in ALL disciplines. It is part of the PARCC, the Common Core and interestingly, something students will
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, W.11-12.2
$10.95
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By Opal's Gems
This bundle includes ALL my best-sellers on Thank You for Arguing (TYFA):TYFA Assignments (THREE higher order thinking exercises) plus a projectTYFA Tests (Choice of TWO)TYFA Infographic ProjectPlus a bonus of 50 Ways to Make Your Writing Sound
Subjects:
Writing-Essays, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.7, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5...
$26.85
$21.50
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By Opal's Gems
This book is gaining in popularity for AP Language and college composition courses alike! There are three distinct activities to engage the students in the rhetoric of this excellent reference book and a project with three choices. My AP students
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Independent Work Packet, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6
$11.95
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By Opal's Gems
Two tests - one with 25 objective questions plus essay options and one with 50 objective questions plus essay options - assess the students' understanding of rhetorical terms and fallacies. ANSWER KEYS INCLUDEDRelated ResourcesHow to Write for AP
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6
$10.95
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By Opal's Gems
This product has EVERYTHING (23 products!) you need to introduce rhetoric to your AP Language or or older composition students!This bundle includes all my best selling activities for AP Lang including: Rhetorical Situation Learning Stations,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.7, RI.11-12.8, RI.11-12.9, RI.11-12.10, W.11-12.1a...
$100.94
$90.00
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By Opal's Gems
This engaging activity has students breaking down into groups to dissect The Importance of Being Earnest according to three literary theories: New Historicism, Feminism and Psychoanalytic. There are five questions that guide each literary lens to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.7, CCRA.L.2
$5.95
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By Opal's Gems
The format for this 32 page guide has been employed in a variety of ways in the classroom: in game show form, in cooperative teams, and in whole class discussion. Some scenarios are geared for older teens so use your discretion for which
Subjects:
Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Character Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Simulations, Activities
CCSS:
W.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1c, SL.11-12.1d, SL.11-12.3
$6.95
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By Opal's Gems
This detailed study guide does not ask comprehension questions; instead, it focuses on text-dependent questions forcing students to go back to the passage and look at imagery, characterization or other resources of language - a technique great for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study, Independent Work Packet, Study Guides
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.7, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5...
$5.95
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By Opal's Gems
This 25 question objective test with an essay is for advanced students who studied this play as social satire. There are NO recall questions. The focus is on satiric themes and characterization. An answer key is included. The focus of the essay
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.7
$5.95
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By Opal's Gems
This 3 week unit for the non-fiction piece The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is engaging for STEM students as well as regular college prep students. This problem based learning unit has three weeks of ready made lessons and tasks for students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Google Apps, Independent Work Packet, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4...
$9.95
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Google Drive™ folder
By Opal's Gems
This 30 question objective test with answer key asks students higher order thinking questions rather than comprehension, therefore is best suited for honors and AP students. As the question stems are AP oriented, it requires students to apply
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.7
$4.95
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By Opal's Gems
This 25 question objective quiz reviews key rhetorical terms using famous lines as well as original so students can demonstrate mastery. This is a solid review for AP Language students. Answer key is included.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
L.11-12.3, L.11-12.3a, L.11-12.4b, L.11-12.5, L.11-12.5a, L.11-12.6
$3.95
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By Opal's Gems
After attending the AP Language Summer Institute, I merged two draft copies of the College Board 6 point rhetorical analysis rubric, emphasizing key factors for my students as well as creating an updated peer conference and self-evaluation based on
Subjects:
Writing-Essays, Test Preparation, Close Reading
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Rubrics, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$4.95
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By Opal's Gems
Here is your one stop bundle for all things social emotional learning for the high school classroom. Included are my professional development presentations on:SEL and Google Virtual TipsIntroduction to Personalized LearningBrain Breaks for the
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Character Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Professional Development, Professional Documents
$66.20
$54.99
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By Opal's Gems
These activities features topic sentences based on characterization, irony, plot and theme for ALL FOUR acts of the Crucible. The learning goal is for students to find quotes to support the idea, then embed the quote with the statements. This
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Expository, Reading Strategies
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2
$6.95
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

With more than 20 years of teaching experience in high school and four years at the university level, I have secured excellent opportunities to instruct a variety of literature and writing courses, allowing me to diversify my teaching style and to achieve mastery over what I believe is the most fundamental principle in our profession: reaching students. Whether it be a developmental or advanced student, engagement is the key. The more individuals are empowered by their learning, the more they will thrive, thus reaching their fullest potential. Independent, critical thinkers are nurtured by innovative and inventive practices – practices delivered by passionate, responsive educators. This passion is shared when we make personal connections, when we engage in analytical dialogue and when we realize that education is a not an intangible objective but an organic process in which we all contribute. It is this community-based thinking that motivates me to be a TpT author-teacher.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach to engage, to get students to relate and to question the literature as well as their connection to it. A typical day in my class is mini-lessons, discussion activities and "all about me" moments where students connect to the unit personally. I do not believe in busy work but center my instruction on skill reinforcement and extension activities that build on students' knowledge and their interests. Simply put, my focus is teaching students, not content:)

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher of the Year 2017 County Teacher of the Year Finalist 2017 2018 Honorable Mention in the Writers-Editors International Writing Competition 2018 First Place Winner of the Institute of Children's Literature After School Contest

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MA in English, College of New Jersey BA in Secondary Education/English, Magna Cum Laude, York College of Pennsylvania Certified in SEL Instruction and Leadership, Rutgers and the College of Saint Elizabeth Certified Mindfulness and MBSR Teacher, Mindful Education and Center for Adolescent Studies Certified in AP Literature and AP Language,College Board Certified State Achievement/Instructional Coach Standard New Jersey Certification for English Pennsylvania Instructional II Certificate for English

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a freelance writer specializing in education, social-emotional learning and mindfulness. I have been published by NCTE, Highlights Magazine, College Board and Albert.io.

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