Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind

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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This unit uses Trevor Noah’s engaging and relevant memoir to focus on biases and perspectives, and asks students to consider where biases come from, why we hold onto them, and when we should try to change them. At the end of this unit, students will
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
$19.00
7
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
“All That Is Lost Shall Be Found. ”This project-based learning unit gives students the ability to analyze and critique book-length poetry in order to discover how poetic devices enhance the author’s message. Students will answer the driving
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.9, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.9
$15.00
34
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This resource includes the following: 55 open-ended comprehension questions, ready for printKey for all questionsLink to google docs version for easy editing/adaptationAll components delivered as pdfs (in a zip file). All are linked to working
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$4.00
9
Digital Download PDF (0.31 MB)
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This full project-based unit gives an opportunity for students to analyze plot, character, and theme in the novel while also delving deeper into the concept of how literature fosters a sense of empathy.Three varied quizzes assess reading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.6, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.1a, W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.3...
$13.00
14
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This project-based learning resource gives students the ability to analyze and critique multiple texts in order to discover the commonalities of a genre. In this case, the genre is dystopian literature. Students will answer the driving question:
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Literature Circles
$11.00
7
Digital Download PDF (1.40 MB)
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
Get students up and engaged in friendly controversy as they match evidence with the reason it best supports. This lesson uses research about the benefits and drawbacks of school uniforms to have students work backwards to figure out how evidence
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.7.1, RI.8.1, RI.9-10.1, CCRA.R.1
$4.50
28
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This resource ensures that students are practicing comprehension, summary, questioning, textual evidence, citations, and analysis (including context/explanation, significance and connecting to literary elements, and prediction). And the best part
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Expository
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Rubrics, Assessment, Homework
$3.50
20
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This project-based learning full unit uses the essays "Us and Them" and "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris. This resource gives students the ability to analyze and critique non-fiction essays in order to discover how authors use tone, voice,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$9.50
12
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This full unit culminates in a analytical team presentation, and gives an opportunity for students to analyze thematic ideas and characters in the novel while also delving deeper into the concept of how teenagers are represented in modern texts,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Expository
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Assessment
$16.00
9
Digital Download PDF (1.47 MB)
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This project-based learning resource gives students the ability to analyze and critique multiple texts in order to discover the commonalities of a genre. In this case, the genre is dystopian literature. This unit plan is designed to take place over
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Literature Circles
$7.00
6
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
Don’t stress about the first week of school with this collection of my favorite lesson plans for introducing units and reviewing skills! The lessons combine authenticity, movement, competition, and collaboration to make sure your students stay
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.8, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.6, CCRA.R.1...
$21.00
$17.00
10
Bundle
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This project-based unit gives an opportunity for students to analyze conflict and themes in Antigone by Sophocles and connect them to relevant issues today. The final student product allows students to design a movie pitch (prospectus) for their own
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$15.00
3
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This full curriculum includes all of my contemporary unit bundles in one! These units provide an excellent mix of comprehension, text analysis, ELA skill-building, and deeper learning about how contemporary literature represents our current society.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Whole Courses
$77.00
$68.00
4
Bundle
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
Winter break is right around the corner, and as you balance your own holiday preparations with surviving planning, grading, and keeping your squirrely students engaged, you might need to take a break with an absolutely predictable and wonderfully
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
CCSS:
RL.8.3, RL.9-10.5, RL.11-12.3, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.SL.1
$6.00
12
Digital Download PDF (0.78 MB)
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This resource gives students the ability to recognize important literary elements such as structure, imagery, figurative language, and mood. Teachers may substitute ANY short story here that is already within their curriculum!Students will be able
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$5.00
5
Digital Download PDF (1.29 MB)
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
Get students up and engaged in friendly controversy as they match evidence with the reason it best supports. This bundle of 3 lessons uses research to have students work backwards to figure out how evidence connects to reasons, and eventually
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.7.1, RI.8.1, RI.9-10.1, RI.11-12.1, CCRA.W.1
$13.50
$9.45
5
Bundle
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This resource gives students the ability to connect prior concepts (literary devices, rhetorical devices, etc) in English class to a podcast or television show of their choice. Students will study author’s choice and bias in an episode of The West
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Assessment
$7.50
3
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
This resource gives students an active way to engage in how perfect societies can go wrong. Excellent to introduce dystopian literature, propaganda, the psychology of power, development of socializations, supply and demand, and trade. Also excellent
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Simulations, Activities
FREE
43
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By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
Get students up and moving around the room while they match 16 poetic devices with their examples in a collaborative whole class activity, OR, use the adapted digital version to encourage whole class collaboration even at a distance!Students work in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Creative Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4, CCRA.L.5
$4.00
4
Digital Download PDF (1.73 MB)
By Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind
Get students up and engaged in friendly controversy as they match evidence with the reason it best supports. This lesson uses research about the benefits and drawbacks of homework to have students work backwards to figure out how evidence connects
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RI.7.1, RI.8.1, RI.9-10.1, RI.11-12.1, CCRA.R.1
$4.50
9
Digital Download PDF (0.52 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am in my 6th year of teaching, and am being honest when I say I have never taught the same curriculum twice. I have worked with co-teachers in interdisciplinary classrooms as well as in my own classroom.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students always should know the bigger picture of why they are learning a skill, beyond "it's on the test." I always encourage my students to ask me "Why are we doing this?" If I don't have the answer, then I need to revisit my practices. The most important skills I teach in my language arts classroom are critical thinking, communication skills, and problem-solving. I find the most success in my classroom by combining backwards design and project-based learning, and I always focus on authentic summative assessments. I incorporate student voice and student choice as much as possible. Students don't learn from people they don't like, so I use my theatre background to keep both my personality and lessons engaging.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I hold a Masters of Education from Valparaiso University, which is where I found my passion for curriculum development. I have Bachelor's degrees in journalism and theatre directing.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in Indiana with my husband and two boys, ages 3 and 1.

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