Ryan Ainscough

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Ryan Ainscough
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"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree." -Ezra Pound
 
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Using three handouts, teach students how to perform a close reading of a graphic novel. A page from American Born Chinese is used to teach students useful graphic novel terminology (emanata, graphic weight, etc.), and to show them how traditional
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This worksheet can be used along with the powerpoint lesson "Be a literary detective- read for theme using 12 clues." Students read the two page prologue to Esmeralda Santiago's memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, and the worksheet guides them through a
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Students analyze the chapter 3 introduction to Jay Gatsby by annotating his first conversation with Nick and drawing inferences about "good Gatsby" (signs that he's a trustworthy character) and "bad Gatsby" (signs that he's suspicious).
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Student groups use photography to depict and analyze key passages from Gatsby chapter 7. Each group analyzes a different passage, then uses cell phone cameras to stage that moment in the story. Students practice both textual and visual close reading
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This powerpoint lesson teaches students how to infer the theme of a text by paying attention to 12 common "clues." Empower students to develop their own interpretations of literature rather than relying on a teacher (or outside source) to do the
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Student groups analyze an assigned character in the form of a poster. Students practice choosing and analyzing quotes and using literary terminology. Download includes directions (both written and visual) and a holistic rubric.
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This one page (front & back) handout briefly summarizes the basics of academic essay-writing. Eight categories are covered: purpose & audience, tone, introductions, thesis statements, body paragraphs, using quotes, transitions, and
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Use this rubric to give quick, meaningful feedback to students for their in-class essays (essay tests, essay portions of a final exam, etc.). Simple and holistic.
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I've taught for 12 years, at a suburban public school and at an urban charter school.

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BA in English, Providence College MAT in English Education, Brown University

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