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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:
Activities, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
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
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:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
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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
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By Opal's Gems
For this very popular project, students choose one character from The Great Gatsby and compare that character to a real life person. Using evidence of the text and research on the real life person, students create a thesis and visualization -
Subjects:
Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2, SL.11-12.1a, SL.11-12.1c, SL.11-12.3, SL.11-12.5
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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:
Activities, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
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
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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:
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
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By Opal's Gems
This quiz is EXTREMELY helpful in assessing students' understanding of logos, ethos and pathos. I use it after I have taught them persuasion and before they write an academic argument using the Classical model of argumentation. There is
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6
$3.95
8 ratings
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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:
Activities, Assessment, Nonfiction Book Study
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...
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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:
Activities, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.4, L.11-12.3, L.11-12.3a, L.11-12.4b
$5.95
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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:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
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
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By Opal's Gems
This 30 question objective test complete with answer key uses matching, T/F and multiple choice to assess students' understanding of the autobiography.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
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9 ratings
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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 INCLUDED
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6
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By Opal's Gems
There are TWO handouts on citing textual evidence effectively using the Great Gatsby (one handout has 10 topic sentences and the other has five). BOTH handouts have an answer key. Students tend to have difficulty with finding quotes that directly
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.2b
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By Opal's Gems
This 20 question multiple choice quiz with one open-ended response asks higher order critical thinking questions rather than recall. An answer key is included.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.9, W.11-12.1a, W.11-12.1b, W.11-12.1c
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By Opal's Gems
Teaching argument to advanced placement students and college freshmen is an difficult task even with the best textbook. These handouts make the Toulmin model more accessible. There are two outlines of how the Toulmin argument is formulated and
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.11-12.1, W.11-12.1a, W.11-12.1b, W.11-12.1c, W.11-12.1d, W.11-12.1e, W.11-12.2a, W.11-12.2b, W.11-12.2c, W.11-12.2d, W.11-12.3a...
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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
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By Opal's Gems
With the focus on the Common Core and the PARCC, sometimes it is difficult to fit in all the curriculum. Here is a straightforward expository research paper that assists students in focusing in on their post-secondary goals and allows you to check
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Career and Technical Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Rubrics
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.7, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6...
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Using a non-fiction text as a primary source with three additional articles, this performance based assessment (PBA), commonly called a synthesis prompt, acts as a strong versatile conclusion to the In Cold Blood unit. This essay prompt comes with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Informational Text
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.7, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.1a, W.11-12.1b, W.11-12.2b, W.11-12.2c
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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:
Study Guides, Homework, Nonfiction Book Study
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...
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By Opal's Gems
One of the Common Core's main focus is close reading. This assignment focuses students on a selected passage from Capote's In Cold Blood Part I and asks the students to analyze HOW Capote creates the characterization of the Clutter family as rising
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading Strategies
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, W.11-12.1d, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.2b, W.11-12.2c
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

With more than thirteen 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 become a TpT author-teacher.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In my experience many people think teaching is about lecturing on arcane content, about being an expert in your field; but for me being an educator means being a student. Education encourages life-long learning and it is our responsibility to model that to our students. Teaching, like learning, is a conscious act, in which a person invests considerable time and thought. I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. I invest myself in my lessons in the hopes that the students will invest their trust in me.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

•Named “Educational Leader and Mentor” by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council 2011-12, 2012-13; 2013-14 •Deemed Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars •Awarded “Teacher Who Rocks” by Greater Media of New Jersey 2009

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MA in English, College of New Jersey; BA in Secondary Education/English, Magna Cum Laude, York College of Pennsylvania; Standard New Jersey Certification for English; Pennsylvania Instructional II Certificate for English ; Advanced Placement Certification in AP Literature and AP Language

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS: "ICED: The Key to Elaboration". National Council Teachers of English. ReadWriteThink. 2014 Maloney, Traci. “Methods and Strategies for Successful Peer Revision”. New Jersey Writing Alliance Conference. April 20, 2012; “ICED Writing Instruction: The Key To Elaboration”. Institute of Elemental Ethics. One Voice International Conference. Tarrytown, NY. October 22, 2011; “5 More Strategies to Better Prepare Your Students for College Writing. Jackson District In-Service Day. October 11, 2011; “High School Expectations for Writing – What Does that Mean for First Year Composition?” Monmouth University First Year Composition Workshop. November 17, 2010; Maloney, Mathias and Waldron. Teaching Composition E-Handbook. Jackson School District. May 2010; “ICED Writing Instruction: The Key to Elaboration”. Jackson District In-Service Film. March 26, 2010; “Bridging the Gap: Preparing Students for College Writing”. Jackson District In-Service. September 2, 2008

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