Real Lessons for the Teenage Mind

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“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
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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:
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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
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This is set up as two separate (semester 1 and semester 2) google docs. Simply open the file, click the link, choose "file" and "make a copy" to have your own editable calendar! No more erasing lesson plans to accommodate for snow days or sick days!
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This is set up as two separate (semester 1 and semester 2) google docs. Simply open the file, click the link, choose "file" and "make a copy" to have your own editable calendar! No more erasing lesson plans to accommodate for snow days or sick
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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
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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
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Get students up and moving around the room while they match 16 poetic devices with their examples in a collaborative whole class activity. Students work in pairs to research their device and then connect them with the BEST example displayed in the
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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
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This full project-based unit 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, including television, movies, and
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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.
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This is not your average unit plan! This full PBL unit gives an opportunity for students to analyze thematic ideas and characters in the novel while also delving deeper into the concepts of courage and injustice. It asks students to consider the
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This full project-based unit gives an opportunity for students to analyze themes in Macbeth and connect them to relevant issues today. Rigorous analytical quizzes encourage depth of learning, and grouping students with various thematic ideas gives
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This resource gives students the ability to show their understanding of the text with questions about plot, character, literary elements, and theme. All three quizzes include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions. The part 3 quiz
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This full project-based unit gives an opportunity for students to explicitly practice inference, non-linear plot, and symbolism. They will also discuss the concepts of memory and aging to discover how people from different generations view life
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This assessment gives an opportunity for students to analyze conflict and themes in novels and literature and connect them to relevant issues today. The final student product allows students to design a movie pitch (prospectus) for their own
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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.

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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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