Sarah Gavan
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Sarah Gavan
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This activity is designed for Junior High, but could be easily adapted for any grade. It uses the game 'telephone' to teach kids about paraphrasing. Excellent as a pre-lesson before report or essay writing, or research projects.
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This activity comes with a (fictional) campaign speech that I wrote as Louis Riel. After reading the speech students have the opportunity to write a campaign speech, letter or poster either for or against Louis Riel and the Metis. Based on the
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This graphic essay organizer helps students outline and focus their thoughts. It provides an excellent visual of how an essay should be organized. Students are able to write their topic sentence and intro, outline their three body paragraphs, and
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This project was designed to accompany the Alberta Grade 8 Social Studies Curriculum. It is part of a Renaissance History unit, which examines the changes occurring through the increase of intercultural contact. Students use this package to research
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This project was designed as a culminating assignment for a short story unit. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the parts of plot and character development. This assignment requires students to go through the
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This is a final project for my grade 7 classic novel study. Students work in groups to create an exciting, engaging, visually appealing movie trailer for their novel. The goal is to make their peers want to read the novel, even if they themselves
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Designed with the Alberta grade 7 Social Studies curriculum in mind, this activity gives students a chance to put themselves in the shoes of immigrants. It asks them to use knowledge from the textbook (Voices and Visions) and knowledge from
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This activity is designed to help students analyze and visualize key characters in the play. It requires the use of symbolism, metaphor and imagery. Easily adaptable for a variety of grade levels and subjects.
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This is an ongoing activity for middle school or early high school. It encourages students to compare varying perspectives of local, national and global events. Students use critical thinking skills to analyze events and the bias of media. I have
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This assignment uses the film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I used the Johnny Depp version but it works just fine with the original) to teach students how to analyze character development. The kids work together to break down each of
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At the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream I have my students evaluate prevalent themes in the play, and we then analyze five paragraph essay structure. This is generally their first experience with literary essays, and it gives them a good opportunity
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This activity is based on the Voices and Visions text used for Grade 7 Language Arts in Alberta. It asks students to use information they have learned about this event, and turn it into a series of tableaux. A great one period project that gets the
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I like to study Shakespeare with all my classes, regardless of grade. For junior high, however, I always study a modified version - not quite modern, but definitely not Elizabethan. Even with these modified versions the language and the flow (and
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This project follows the Alberta Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum. It asks students to evaluate the process of isolation + c with regard to Edo/Meiji Japan. Students are asked to research Japanese society in these periods, sorting information
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I use this letter assignment as a get-to-know you activity with my students. They write it at the beginning of the year and I hold on to them until the end of the year. I give them back on the last day of school. It gives kids an opportunity to
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This assignment is based on the Alberta Grade 8 Social Studies Curriculum. It asks students to answer one of three questions based on three curricular outcomes using Aztec glyphs. A rubric and sample Aztec glyphs are included.
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Based on the Alberta grade 9 Social Studies curriculum, these questions relate to the cartoon "Over the Hedge". It really helps drive home the notion of consumerism and the kids enjoy the break from textbook work and class discussion.
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This chart breaks down character development into simple categories. It gives students specific questions to answer about the characters they want to create for their creative writing.
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Based on the Alberta grade 8 Social Studies Program of Studies, this scrapbook is completed throughout the unit, and handed in at the end as the final project. Each scrapbook entry (5 total) relates to specific outcomes from the curriculum. It asks
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This project was designed in keeping with the new (2009) Alberta Grade 9 Social Studies curriculum. It works well in conjunction with Uglies by Scott Westerfeld which we used at the same time in Language Arts. The assignment breaks down all the key
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1 year in high school, eight years in junior high. Over the past few years I have taught LA and Social Studies at all grade levels in junior high, and Career & Life Management, Resource, and English to grades 10 through 12. I have also taught Legal Studies, Foods, Dance, Film Studies, Media & Advertising, Leadership, and Fashion Studies.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I employ inquiry-based learning and critical thinking strategies, yet still believe that some direct instruction in the foundations of reading and writing are key. In my junior high classroom the relationship with my students is of primary importance. I want my students to develop higher-order thinking skills and devote a lot of prep time to creating innovative and engaging activities that give my students the best opportunity to demonstrate their learning. Some of these activities work beautifully, others not so much - but that's part of the fun! Generally I develop my courses from scratch every year, but the majority of the activities that I post on TPT are the staples that I adapt to each grade level/curriculum and use over and over again.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Victoria Bachelor of Arts - Medieval History and English Literature University of Calgary Bachelor of Education - Secondary Language Arts and Social Studies University of New Brunswick Master of Education - Curriculum Studies

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mother to two boys (5 years old and 3 years old), I am currently teaching grade 9 and grade 7 at a brand new, state-of-the-art middle school in Alberta, Canada with cutting edge technology (and serious angst about photocopying, to my chagrin).