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A 28-page study guide developed for a junior-senior Honors class in high school. The questions focus on symbols, motifs, and themes that recur throughout the book; analyzing important or complex excerpts from the book; discussing the ethical nuances
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This is the handout I given my sophomore English students when we begin writing literary and rhetorical precis, both of which I use to prepare them for AP Literature and AP Language classes. The handout goes over the requirements for each precis,
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A simple, two-sided handout explaining the basic rules for semicolons, colons, hyphens, and dashes. Each of the "rules" is accompanied by example sentences. I also have a blank version of this handout, which I often hand out to students so they can
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I developed this handout for my students after I found conflicting information in grammar books and online handouts about how and when to use commas in an essay. I took all pertinent information and combined it into one comprehensive handout, which
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This is the template I share with my students when teaching them how to write templates. Because the formatting for templates is so difficult, especially on Google Docs, I shared this with my students and had them begin adding information where it
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A 2-page chart (blank) for students and a 2-page chart (filled in) for teachers or to copy for students to use as they write essays and cite their sources. I've taken the 12 most common sources for my students and summarized how they are cited
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An 18-page study guide for Jack London's "Call of the Wild." Was developed for a high school class and focuses on vocabulary, drawing connections, summarizing, and analyzing. Would also work for middle school classes. Includes graphic organizers,
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The template to a basic cover letter, which I share with my students (through Google Docs) and have them use to familiarize themselves with how a cover letter should look, sound, and be organized.
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This past year, our school began participating in the Educator Effectiveness program, including SLOs and PPGs. This required teachers to collect, sort, upload, and tag artifacts that demonstrated our proficiency in all 22 domains...which is a lot of
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This is the handout I give my students when we read "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. It asks students to analyze the story, look at the character, and understand the author's use of juxtaposition and irony.
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This is a basic, two-page handout that explains when a comma is needed in a sentence. This handout was designed for freshmen-level grammar lessons and is not comprehensive; instead, it covers the most common comma uses, including compound and
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A handout on appositives, with example sentences.
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A vocabulary-style list of thirty literary terms, either figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, etc.) or rhetorical devices (ethos, pathos, logos, etc.). I use this list with my freshmen and sophomores, but it would also work for
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Because Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is such a complex and multi-layered work, it's almost impossible to create a unit plan that covers everything without totally ruining the reading experience. As part of my unit on the novel, I
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This is the handout I gave my students before reading Jack London's "To Build a Fire." It contains nine questions that ask students to summarize, describe, analyze, predict, and connect. This handout also contains vocabulary words from the story,
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A two-sided handout about relative clauses, which provides example sentences and a short section that asks students to write and identify relative clauses on their own.
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Questions related to Poe's "Tell Tale Heart." They are focused around figurative language, analysis, and reader response. TPT may reformat the document. If you would like the original as a PDF, which includes an author photo on the second page,
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A ten-word vocabulary lesson focused on figurative language, which I refer to as "writers' tools": Alliteration Allusion Hyperbole Irony Juxtaposition Metaphor Onomatopoeia Personification Simile Symbol The handout includes two pages with a list
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A ten-word vocabulary lesson focused on different kinds of governments and economies. I originally used this in a 10th grade English class in preparation for reading Orwell's "Animal Farm" and to broaden our discussion of historical
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Every year I have the sophomores in my Honors English class learn 25 new vocabulary words, 25 each quarter. These are the first 25 words. They're mostly drawn from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and from a list of ACT/SAT vocabulary words,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For six years I worked in a small, rural school in Northern Wisconsin. (How rural, you ask? The nearest Wal-Mart was an hour away.) I taught six classes of high school English, from freshmen to seniors, and loved every minute of it. Then, I moved three hours away to a larger district (the nearest Wal-Mart is two miles from my apartment), where I teach 8th grade English.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In my dreams, I'm an enthralling English teacher whose mix of lecture, creative writing, and projects keeps the students engaged and interested in literature. In reality, my class thrives on chaos--productive, energetic, exhausting chaos. We avoid textbooks, balance formal and creative writing, have fun, and attempt to prepare for The Test while also knowing full well that The Test is nonsense and there are far more important ways to spend our time. A creative, analytical mind is guaranteed to make you a stronger, smarter person; a good test score is not.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from a small rural high school (50 in my graduating class), went to the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and returned to a rural school. I now teach in a middle school of 600+ students.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Eight years in, and I'm still working 12-hour days and weekends to keep up with my students, understand their abilities, and reinvent the wheel. (Oh, that damn wheel!) Hence, a plethora of materials I can post for other teachers to hopefully make their days shorter. Also, I love books, think grammar is wonderful, and will write about anything anywhere...and I only hope my students someday feel the same.

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