Ramon's American Literature Thinking Activities

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Of the great Modern authors, Zora provides the perfect essay that marries race, class and gender into narrative of identity that allows a rich discussion of what diversity actually is.
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This two texts are brilliant feminist insights into the shaping of American identity. In addition, Desiree's Baby is a masterpiece that you can employ to measure your student's ability to read a text and then analyze it. The 14 Elements for
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Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience are critical expressions of American identity. These Thinking Activities are brain based, critical inquiries into the meaning of each text through a concise selection of the author's work. This mini unit
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Emerson's Self-Reliance and Nature are critical expressions of American identity. These Thinking Activities are brain based, critical inquiries into the meaning of each text through a concise selection of the author's work. This mini unit
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Introduce The Great Gatsby with this introduction to Fitzgerald's thinking about American identity.
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Organized by literary period, Ramon thinking activates provide a comprehensive and systematic way to teach students to analyze literature. Each Unit allows the teacher to differentiate instruction without sacrificing quality while saving
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Organized by literary period, Ramon thinking activates provide a comprehensive and systematic way to teach students to analyze literature. Each Unit allows the teacher to differentiate instruction without sacrificing quality while saving
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Organized by literary period, Ramon thinking activates provide a comprehensive and systematic way to teach students to analyze literature. Each Unit allows the teacher to differentiate instruction without sacrificing quality while saving
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Thinking Activities: More than a ditto or Questions for American Literature Organized by literary period, Ramon thinking activates provide a comprehensive and systematic way to teach students to analyze literature. Each Unit allows the teacher
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Dunbar is perhaps the most neglected great author of the 19th century. His two poems "Worn Out" and "We Wear the Mask" offer students insights into the affect of Jim Crow. The Lynching of Jube Benson is a neglected story that allows its reader
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This mini-unit on Mark Twain allows the teacher to defend the position that Mark Twain was a rhetorical master and comic genius. Too often the selections in textbooks are historically significant and terrible to read. Twain's "Humane Word from
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This collection of thinking activities allows students to understand the complexity of the stark and powerful prose of Hemingway. The most important story, "A Clean Well Light Place" attempts to defend making choices in a seemingly meaningless.
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This autobiographical sketch was the building block of Black Boy. These Cornell Notes and Rhetorical Analysis can be used as an introduction to the text or in lieu of the longer text. It contains many of the same themes, but is style allows the
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Want to get past the surface of poetry? Imagist poetry attempts to escape the bounds of language to communicate directly with their reader through constructed images. Poetry that foreshadows postmodernism's difficulties with language. Their
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"To Build a Fire" is a classic example of Naturalism as man toils against the natural forces he can never overcome. "To Kill a Man" is an infrequently taught masterpiece that tells the Gatsby story in its raw form. It connects the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

A Decade of High School American Literature

MY TEACHING STYLE

Dynamic, Brain Based Scaffolding Integrated and Meaningfully Short and Writing Instruction stemming from analyzing American identity

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Murray Krieger Endowed Fellowship in Literary Theory, University of California, Irvine, 2014 Yale Educator Recognition Award, 2013 University of California, Irvine "Impactful Educator," 2010; 2011 Granada Hills Charter High School "Educator of the Year," 2005 ALOED Education Scholar, Occidental College, 2002

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of California, Irvine, Doctoral Program in English, 2014-Present California State University Los Angeles, Masters of Arts in English, Emphasis in Modernism, 2004-2007 Occidental College, Masters of Arts in Teaching 2000 Occidental College, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Culture 1994-1998

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Thinking Activities: More than a ditto or Questions for American Literature Organized by literary period, Ramon thinking activates provide a comprehensive and systematic way to teach students to analyze literature. Each Unit allows the teacher to differentiate instruction without sacrificing quality while saving themselves time. I have spent a decade and hundreds of hours creating each thinking activity that builds into a unit that helps students process and analyze American identity. Each unit is brain-based, meeting cognitive needs to help students not only know what one text means, but learn how to connect and extend beyond that text to issues of race, class, gender, and identity formation. They are also designed to do more than simply meet the new CORE standards, but help American literature students become reflective, analytical human beings. Our students will one very soon vote. It is the American literature teachers privileged position to help students elucidate a student's relationship within larger American culture. Thinking Activities scaffold learning, providing different types of texts that allow students at any level to enter into the analytical mode. Each unit features these thinking activities: non-fiction notation (NFN) to build schema, poetry explications (E) to understand tonal shift, 14 Elements (14 E) of short stories, dramas and novels to connect comprehension to analysis and rhetorical analysis (RA) to understand persuasion. These texts are then synthesized to understand each literary period's unique thought. These activities build thematically and stylistically across literary period and provide for analytical writing to prepare students for college. INCLUDED: • Text themselves in pdf • Thinking Activity for each text • Integrtated Writing Instruction • Keys • Theme development • Unit Exam • Bonus units/activities Each unit features a "How to" for each type of thinking activity. This will lead your American literature students to be able to think through a difficult poem or short story by breaking them down into its constituent parts. This process of breaking down and then synthesizing allows for multiple but not erroneous interpretations of a text. There are six literary periods: Colonial and Revolutionary (taught together), Romanticism (divided into Transcendentalism, Gothic, Realism), Realism and Naturalism, Modernism and Post Modernism. These units can be blended into your current anthology, or stand alone. They feature texts are critical to understanding American identity yet are short. These six units could be read with a class of struggling readers and all the texts could be read together in class, with NO READING AT HOME. At the same time, they provide in depth and profound analysis of American identity and could be used to develop complex thinking for your honors and American literature students. Each unit builds in variety and includes multiple activities for critical texts. For example, Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence," Thoreau's "Self-Reliance" and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby feature individual and team based activities that foster a complex reading experience. The different environments allow students to reread and rethink while remaining novel. The diversity is key to allowing students to develop ideas. Finally, each unit is centered on the reality of the American experience and attempts to reflect the diversity always present but at times excluded from literary canons. Thus each period features Female, African-American and Native American perspectives. These texts while equaling in quality the traditional white male canon, they are crucial for allowing a diverse class the ability to understand their own reality as an American. This diversity does not come at the expense of the traditional canon, but fosters a truly diverse experience that nurtures complex and invigorating discussions about American culture and identity.

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