Rilla Cooper

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Rilla Cooper
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By Rilla Cooper
I use this activity as a fun way to improve nonverbal delivery skills. It could be used at virtually any time during the year, and might be a fun activity after testing or for the end of school. Additionally, I normally reserve an empty cafeteria
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (Arts), Oral Communication
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.5
$3.00
19 ratings
3.9
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By Rilla Cooper
This is the webquest I use to create a "Roadmap to the American Dream." Most of my students have heard the term, but aren't able to clearly define what they believe the American Dream actually consists of today. We look at how it has changed over
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Multimedia, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.7, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.L.1...
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By Rilla Cooper
This is a unique set of assignments that I complete with my Speech 101 classes. It could be used at multiple levels, and even tailored to fit different subjects. The first activity is an "Impromptu Roundtable," where students work in small group
Subjects:
Drama, Communications
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.11-12.4, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.4, SL.11-12.6
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8 ratings
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
Check out this fun bundle of debate activities which challenges students to think critically about real topics. This can be used in any upper level English class, and encourages students to practice argumentative writing and public speaking skills.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Civics, Other (ELA)
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Multimedia
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6
$3.00
4 ratings
3.6
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By Rilla Cooper
Every year, teachers soldier on through the typical icebreaker games, doggedly hoping that the cheesy game will not set all introverts against them for the rest of the year. No more of this! The Starburst Introduction activity actually
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
This is the rubric I use with my novel interactive notebooks. It is basic enough to print and go, though it is an editable Word file which you can tailor based on your class and needs. I love the concept of Interactive Notebooks, and there are a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.9
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7 ratings
3.9
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By Rilla Cooper
This bundle includes my unit on poverty for my general English classes. Students enjoy the real world connections and the video integration. This bundle includes: -Teacher information letter -"Hard Times Generation" video link and discussion
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Multimedia, Internet Activities
CCSS:
L.9-10.1, L.9-10.2, L.9-10.6, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
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4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
This webquest is a fun introduction to American English dialects and pronunciation. It could be used across several classes, though I use it with my Speech 101 class to introduce pronunciation exercises. The Webquest uses multiple links from the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Multimedia, Webquests
$1.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
This resource can be used with any work of literature at many levels. It allows students to use multimedia equipment to create a film version of their novel. Students will (unknowingly!) analyze characters, themes, plots, settings, and other
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Projects, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.5, SL.9-10.2
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2 ratings
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By Rilla Cooper
This unit is a semester long unit on allusions. From showing how Taylor Swift "steals someone's thunder" to Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier's epic "waterloo," this unit has real life examples that are sure to engage your students. An adapted AP take
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Activities, Video Files
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4
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2 ratings
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
This is the first speech that I assign to my public speaking classes. Traditionally, they are assigned to 'introduce themselves,' and many of the shyer students find this nerve racking. The "Celebrity Twin" assignment has been very popular, as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Assessment
CCSS:
W.11-12.1, W.11-12.3, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.4, SL.11-12.6
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3.5
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By Rilla Cooper
This activity is a fun introduction to speaking for special occasions. Students will create an award for a classmate. Then, they will present the award in a special speech to "the Academy," or whatever class you choose! In return, they will also
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA)
Grades:
11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
Restaging Shakespeare: Scene Setting Activity This is an easy, fun, and ready to go activity that is editable and comes with a rubric. This activity lets your students set any scene from any Shakespeare play into another time period.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects
$1.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
Students getting bogged down in the marshes and many characters of Great Expectations? Use this easy, one page character chart to help set the record straight. All major and most minor characters are grouped in one visually appealing character
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
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By Rilla Cooper
Add some interest to ANY novel at any point in the year, and you can also become the history teacher's new best friend! Students will connect major motifs in their novel to current, meaningful events. This fully editable product includes an
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.9
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By Rilla Cooper
This editable rubric can be adapted for ANY journal entry. It is purposefully open-ended, so that it can apply to a range of writing. I use this with weekly journal entries in interactive notebooks.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Rubrics
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
A fun take on introduction to Charles Dickens and the Victorian Age. I use it along with the animated BBC video linked on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unKuZ2wlNdw
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
FREE
4 ratings
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
Taken from Harvey Daniels 1994 research on literature circles, this is a fun group project that I created. All of the materials can easily be found on other websites; I've just combined them into a Word document and made them easy to edit/change.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Literature Circles
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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By Rilla Cooper
Students will read part of Matthew 25 from Scripture (side by side versions of the ESV and MSG) to look at how Christ view poverty. The discussion questions are a great place to start a novel or short story unit for English class that focuses on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching goal is to give students something 'more to take home than homework.' My products incorporate real world connections with fun design elements. With seven years of experience, I currently teach seventh and eighth grade English.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Depending on the day, you may find my kids dancing to great jams, writing, reading, and learning (of course)! The best type of learning is when it doesn't feel like job; so I try to make lessons come alive. A big part of this is getting students moving and incorporating modern culture into lessons. I truly love my students, and want to meet them where they are at academically, socially, and spiritually. I try hard to make the literature we read in class come alive, and help them to identify with characters and situations.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in English from the Ohio State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I live in NC with our adorable twin boys and a third on the way. I'm more or less an old soul; for me, it doesn't get much better than a cup of tea and knitting night. I also love 'the great outdoors' and try to ski as much as possible.

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