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Academic Peace Circles fall under the umbrella of Restorative Practices, which evolved from Restorative Justice. The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make
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This handout will walk students through the process of writing a great analysis paragraph using quotes as evidence. It is based on pp. 91-93 of The Alchemist but can be modified for use with any literary text. The students are directed to find the
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Quick and simple matching quiz to assess students' knowledge of literary elements. Terms from both fiction and poetry are included. Could be done as a partner project or a diagnostic quiz at the beginning of the year. 50 questions and now updated
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This assignment gives students a chance to illustrate the obstacles that Phoenix Jackson faces along her journey of "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty. Students each pick an obstacle and then illustrate that obstacle, including a paragraph about Phoenix
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This writing assignment about Ethan Frome uses an excerpt of scholarly analysis that prompts students to analyze Edith Wharton's use of the "unreliable narrator." Fully editable questions. Great springboard for an essay assignment, common-core
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Writing a meaty thesis statement can sometimes be a struggle for high school students when doing research. Preserving Civilization provides students with a formula that provides students with all the components necessary to create a fitting and
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Using Ian Frazier's satirical story entitled "Coyote vs. Acme" students will write a satirical response to Mr. Coyote. The assignment uses the OWL business letter format and provides kids with a fun activity to practice their hand at some satire
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This assignment from Preserving Civilization uses paint sample chips from hardware stores to inspire students to write poetry. Most paint chips come with names for each shade. Using the dictionary to understand the meanings of those names or
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Essay assignment for high school students. Appropriate for teaching about satire, humor, personal essays, and creative non-fiction. Make students think and will make you laugh!! I use this in my creative writing class, but this could be used in
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Engaging essay prompt using elements of Gothic Literature as well as suspense to create a 6 paragraph essay. Based on "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher", but this prompt is fully editable and can be used for any Gothic Poe text.
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Making Transcendentalism accessible to high school can sometimes be difficult. This fun activity allows students to apply what they learned about Emerson and Thoreau and apply it to a comic strip of Calvin and Hobbes. The handout includes basic
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This essay assignment from Preserving Civilization uses the Part 2 format of the New York State Regents exam, but can be used for any document-based essay. Students are asked to read The Alchemist written by Paulo Coehlo as well as 4 articles that
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One of the major ideas in The Stranger is how the protagonist Meursault experiences the emotional world around him. Is he a sociopath, does he not understand his own emotions, is he simply choosing to ignore the physical signals that let most
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This quick one page example from Preserving Civilization walks students through the process of writing a great introduction for a research paper. It provides a sample introduction with a detailed map of what that introductory paragraph should
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo is filled with references to concepts from alchemy. This activity gives students an opportunity to research what that concepts are and then apply them to symbolic equivalents from the modern world. This is a great
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Give your middle and high school students a boost when beginning their literary analysis. This is a handy "cheat sheet" that students can tape in their binders with sentence starters for writing their analysis essays.
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Students sometimes struggle with writing paragraphs that adequately analyze a work of literature. This worksheet provides students with a model paragraph that analyzes the character John Proctor from the play The Crucible and how Arthur Miller
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After having students read Bartleby the Scrivener, they can use this project to write a creative piece--either story or poem. It is a weird little assignment that gives students some guidance in how to fill their tales or poems with details that
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Using details from the novels and the qualities that author's use when creating a character, students can write a great paragraph about characterization in Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome. Assignment includes a sample topic sentence as a model.
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This fully editable PowerPoint presentation uses the poetry of William Carlos Williams ("The Red Wheelbarrow"), to introduce students to the structure of poetry. The students use diagrams to compare a sentence to a poem and end the lesson writing a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching for over 20 years and have taught 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th grade English Language Arts, Academic Intervention Services and Creative Writing. I have my Bachelor's in English Education and my Master's in English Education as well. I've taught American Literature and World Literature. Most of my units are Common Core aligned, in that the texts taught are rigorous and the assignments encourage critical thinking and sophisticated writing. My approach is to provide a solid foundation and build up to analysis. My classroom is rooted in Restorative Practices and we often use Academic Peace Circles to learn new material, review for assessments and discuss literature.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Experiential, student-centered, with a focus on both content and skill.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Presented to many districts on how to successfully use Academic Peace Circles in a classroom setting, especially at the High School level. Our school was recently awarded the Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS from LSU, MS from SUNY Trained in Peace Circles and Restorative Practices that fall under the Social Justice umbrella.

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Every lesson and activity has been used successfully in my classroom. I only share lessons that I know students will respond positively to and that teachers find helpful for teaching skill and encouraging thought.

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