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Plagiarism...what a "downer" topic! For years, I dreaded teaching it because students thought I was the Wicked Witch who was out to get them for every missing quotation mark in their essays (or at least that's how I felt as I taught them about the
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Differentiated Vocabulary Activities Video Preview Do you want your students to become word wizards? I know I do! I am SO excited about these brain-based, creative, differentiated, and engaging vocabulary practice task cards! This file includes 23
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Let's spice up our grammar lessons by playing Truth or Dare! When I think about games I used to enjoy as an adolescent, truth or dare is one that comes to mind. While this game can be wild and crazy, Truth or Dare Grammar Style is school
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This product, newly improved, contains presentation (in PDF format) and guided notes that will provide the basics for teaching students how to summarize a nonfiction text. With purchase, you will also receive two different worksheets (sold
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Have you ever received an email from a student that was written in, well, a not-so-nice tone? Sure. We all have, and it's enough to drive us up the wall! But! What if students have just never been taught (or not taught well) how to professionally
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My students can ALWAYS use more practice when it comes to citing and embedding direct quotes in our research papers. Enter this practice bundle. With these three activities: 8 stations (including task cards, a scramble, a sort, and online
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This movie guide for Disney's Zootopia consists of 40 comprehension and analysis questions to keep students focused and thinking critically while watching the film. When students have a purpose for viewing a film, they are more engaged, and there
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Testing is coming...."May the odds be ever in your favor!" You've covered the material. YOU'VE learned the material. Now it's up to your students to show THEY'VE learned what they need to know as well. This grammar review game is a light-hearted way
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The grammar games are back with a vengeance! Give your students an opportunity to hone their parts of speech knowledge with this fun and interactive dice game. Like the original Grammar Games product, this revenge of the grammar games review is a
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Many times, high school students think fairy tales created by companies like Disney and Pixar are original. They are unaware of the dark origins of many fairy tales as well as the contamination that occurs as these stories are retold, combined, and
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Are you looking for a short, innocent, quality film to show your students? This movie guide, or viewing guide, contains questions to help students stay focused and comprehend Dr. Seuss's cartoon "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." This short film is
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This bundle contains three engaging grammar games to practice or review the basic building blocks of any grammar instruction. It's an awesome activity for test prep, final exam review, differentiation, and more! Concepts include parts of speech,
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Figurative language is such an important aspect of ELA. Students need to be able to identify, understand, and analyze figurative language in stories, novels, and poetry. They need to be able to use it in their writing and to explain its purpose and
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Does your classroom call for an engaging, active, student-centered game culture? If so, check out these original, creative activities for any middle or high school English class. This bundle currently consists of grammar, figurative language,
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When you're teaching writing, it's a best-practice to establish baseline data. One of the most effective ways to do that is to ask students to give you a writing sample. That's the purpose of this writing pre-assessment. Use it at the beginning of
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Analyzing Texts Video Preview Are your students confused about text analysis? You know how to do it yourself, but you're not sure how to make it accessible to students? I know the feeling. Analyzing texts is hard, and it rarely comes naturally.
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So you know you need to teach literary terms with Romeo and Juliet, but where do you start? It can be time-consuming and just plain overwhelming to sit down with one of the Bard's plays and try to analyze each line for literary devices. Have no
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Need a solid sentence structure (types of sentences) unit? This bundle contains so many sentence types goodies. Because I believe understanding sentence types is at the heart of good student writing, I spend a lot of time and energy making quality
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Whether you're implementing a book club or other form of independent, choice reading, students need to have periodic opportunities to socialize and share what they are reading. With these discussion task cards for fiction and nonfiction, your
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May can be a trying month for secondary teachers. This engaging end-of-the-year writing activity is an excellent way to keep students writing without having to take home stacks of research papers to grade when the weather is beautiful! With this
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 7-12 grade English for eleven years. During this time, I've worked in a co-taught inclusion setting as well as with enriched and gifted / talented students. Over the past several years, I've developed an interest in teacher evaluation. To this end, I've been a leader on our school's evaluation committee and helped to educate staff about Charlotte Danielson's evaluation rubric as well as how teachers can excel in all four domains. I've also conducted a flipped classroom experience for four years. My passions at the secondary level are literacy and differentiation, but I truly enjoy all things ELA.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love to try new things with my students. Generally, I believe introducing new content through direct instruction via minilessons is the most successful approach for high school students, but I also use chunking throughout every class period. In this way, I move from teacher-centered to peer-driven activities and eventually independent practice. I love student-centered activities that involve students kinesthetically, musically, and creatively.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been asked to speak to new teachers about differentiation and to the entire staff about my use of the flipped classroom. I also have my reading specialist certification and two master's degrees.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor: English Master 1: Curriculum & Instruction Master 2: Reading Certification: Middle School Certification: Gifted Certification: Reading Specialist

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