Rockermom's World of Literature

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Encounter by Jane Yolen is a wonderful vehicle to discuss the realities of first contact among Native Americans and Europeans. Jane Yolen beautifully presents the realities of why Native Americans were so welcoming—and, the darker motivations of
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This is wonderful extension activity to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart,” to a study of figurative language in poetry, or it stands alone on its merit, and can be a wonderful use of time and mind and fingers kept busy for sub plans. This
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This is a nice “take a break from non-stop writing” sort of lesson plan, and it appeals to those future Van Gogh’s and Picassos in your classroom, as well. Using Poe’s delightfully melancholy and bizarre poem, “The Raven,” students discuss first
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This a four-week, twenty day, MCAS prep unit for English Language Arts; all of the lesson plans—activator, mini-lesson, activity, wrap-up—are included, and most importantly, the actual hand-out/s for each day. In addition, the English Language Arts
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Native American History Month is in November, but I, even as an educator, didn’t know this until I was in my late 30’s. I polled my own students and they, like me, know less than we should about Native American heroes; I am embarrassed by
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This is another creative way to engage students in the macabre world of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart:” a wanted poster for the narrator!! Included is the rubric for the assignment, a reflection question, and an overarching Common Core
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Students will love this lesson !! Teaching nonfiction and struggling to capture your students’ interest? This uses the much-loved documentary, Supersize Me, as the vehicle to teach the pros and cons of the fast food technology, as well as the link
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“Vision boards” are a wonderful way to scaffold students’ dreams and plans for their futures; this activity stands alone in terms of the value the lesson as an end of year vision for the future after all of the hard work of learning with you, for a
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Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the Short Story and the Father of the Detective Story, is the perfect individual to teach both the serious: reading strategies for non-fiction, and the playful and fun: the elements of short fiction using playdough.
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This is a list of the ten most often used ELA PARCC vocabulary words gleaned from writing prompts and multiple choice questions of archived PARCC exams, grades 3-8. Included is a lesson on the importance of knowing these words to build success on
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This is a list of 50 creative and unique book report ideas; this list will get even the most reluctant project creators inspired. Such ideas as making a talk show with a host and guest from your book and writing out questions important to your book
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From critique to foreshadowing to improvisation to props and tension and theme….this is your Drama Word Wall to post! Thirty drama terms and definitions in different fonts, fanciful and connected clip art for aesthetics which appeal to your visual
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I adore Emily Dickinson—who she is as a person and her poems which live on even today. So, no big surprise that I figured out a way to use one of her poems, “I’m Nobody, Who Are You?” as a parts of speech activity. Included are the lines from the
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No one is immune to the creepy and bizarre world of Edgar Allan Poe; his short story, "The Tell Tale Heart," has disturbed generations and influenced such literary greats as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. Combining the
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This is THE lesson plan for students who need a break from writing! Using Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart," and with the overarching ELA Common Core Standard for reading literature specific to tone, students are given a creative drawing task which also
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Perspective from the point-of-view of ants! A literary concept brought to life beautifully in Chris Van Allsburg’s Two Bad Ants. I’m including your lesson plan with Activator, Mini Lesson, Activity, Wrap Up, and overarching ELA Common Core
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Memoir: take advantage of students' intrinsic love of writing about themselves in this two day unit. Students will discuss the qualities of memoir, compare and contrast two memoirs--links to "Woodsong" and "How to Tell a True War Story"
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PARCC--the new Common Core Assessment that many states, including Massachusetts, has adopted to gauge student achievement. This is a three day unit focusing on teaching the format of the ELA PARCC to assuage student stress and build confidence by
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Alexander Who's Not (do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst is a continuation of her series starring Alexander—loosely based on her own son by the same name! This book is a delightful way to discuss and teach the difficulties
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This is a wonderful way to introduce the blurred lines between genres, as well as a great way to engage in the learning process—for all students of all ages love music. They may be reluctant poets, but once the connection is made that some songs
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

English teacher with professional Massachusetts certification, SEI endorsed; MCAS prep and PARCC prep for grades 3-10; literature, reading, writing, and grammar for grades K-12; assist with research, writing, editing, and MLA format for term papers.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe within each child there lies a genius in waiting. It is my job, as an educator, to be patient and kind and with time, each child will reach their potential.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Awarded top graduating English student award--many moons and a lifetime ago.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I am a mother and I think the qualities necessary to mother are those same qualities inherent in a good teacher. Over my teaching career, I've been a member of Americorps, working with adjudicated teens; an enrichment teacher; run a small school library and taught English and America literature; and worked in an urban setting in a large middle school as both an 8th and 6th grade ELA teacher. I have a B.A. in English literature, a Master's Degree for Teachers of English, and am Sheltered English Immersion endorsed by the state of Massachusetts.

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Lucky am I to have had each of my wonderful students: they are the brilliance and promise of a better tomorrow.

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