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Need an alternative to chapter quizzes? Want individual student accountability and comprehension that is mutually beneficial to students AND the teacher? Have STUDENTS divvy up the task of making a study guide for each chapter, using an editable
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New and veteran teachers alike can benefit from time-saving organizers to streamline the feedback process. Use this set of forms and checklists to help you during teaching, turn-in day, and grading! Fill-in-the-Blanks: Fill in student names, change
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I'm going to go out on a limb with a big statement: this project was the most fun my class had all year. (This isn't always true with public speaking!) Almost everyone has to give a speech in his or her lifetime. In this fun project, students
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Looking for Common Core “short research projects” that won’t feel like work? Do you want research to spark student curiosity? Need to involve inquiry without students realizing it?This bundle includes TEN different projects that can be completed in
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Thesis statements are like menus: a promise of what is to come. Hook and satisfy your diners/readers with this lesson! Use this easy simile to teach your students why essays need thesis statements, how they function in an essay overall, and what a
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Instead of lecturing about public speaking fundamentals, let students hear it from neutral experts and become persuaded about the topic’s importance! These videos are a great way to kick off a speech unit OR just prep students for a specific
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Historically speaking, poems started out as stories intended to be read aloud. Share poems the way they were MEANT to be read - with audio and video readings – while still achieving rigorous reading and creative writing! This Poem of the Week
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Students need to learn the rules in order to break them. Teach students about five paragraph essay structure with this bundle of lessons, ready to use before or during ANY essay assignment (or before standardized testing!). Each lesson is intended
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Does your class syllabus need a makeover, or not sure how to start yours? This modern newsletter-style template is a great starting point for new or veteran teachers, especially for ELA teachers who might want the literary newspaper feel! This
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Bucket Lists don’t have to be morbid; they can inspire us, give us hope, and force us to change or try new things. Setting goals is a valuable skill made even more priceless when we learn HOW to achieve them! Hook students into doing research in
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Want to scaffold students into doing more critical thinking DURING reading? Want them to take notes without ruining the joy of the book? Want to annotate, but can’t mark in a class set of novels? Or, just as importantly: do your students have
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Need an engaging, student-driven way to teach short stories and/or literary terms? Use this unit as a high-accountability way to scaffold students into tougher literature! In this unit, small groups of students are assigned to one short story (so
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Though most students LOVE to talk, sometimes students need guidance to learn how to appropriately contribute to a larger conversation. Enter these 48 task cards of sentence starters! Based on the expectations of Common Core standards in SL.1 for
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Ready to add more independent reading to your middle school classroom? Want to try reader’s workshop? Hoping to bring in more fiction that’s differentiated to student interests? Track genres and progress without expensive programs, points, or book
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Take the fear and intimidation out of public speaking with a FULL SEMESTER bundle of classroom-tested speech activities that will safely get students out of their chairs (and their comfort zones!) Download this bundle of speaking resources to build
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If you’re tired of trying to sell the importance of grammar to your students, then maybe it’s time to let them discover for themselves why we still have to learn it! This mini-unit focuses on evaluating the arguments in articles, considering
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We learn by DOING and by TEACHING others. Transform your grammar instruction by putting STUDENTS in the role of teacher! In this project, student groups collaborate to design and record their own SHORT videos (1-5 minutes) teaching one focused
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Argumentation in the real world is far more nuanced than standard essays supporting a thesis. Students need practice with a variety of audience types, objectives, structures, and topics. Use this pack of 10 argumentative writing assignments to
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Want to spice up your quote analysis instruction, or simply get your students to appreciate beautiful moments in literature? Use this short two-part assignment to help students to analyze famous, memorable, or just plain pretty quotes from a short
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Transitional words, phrases, or sentences are like great waiters: they improve the timing and flow of the entire meal (essay) to control your satisfaction. Use this easy simile to teach your students why transitions matter and how to use them.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

6 years of teaching 7th & 8th grade ELA, and 8 years of high school tutoring experience. I'm also a National Writing Project consultant and writing team coach. I'm constantly involved with both the middle and high school "worlds", and I love all of these grade levels and their quirks!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach with a lot of technology and student-centered projects! I flip my ELA curriculum when I can, and create units in which students drive their own learning. Student motivation is very important to me, and we spend time in class talking about why the lesson matters to their futures.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Writing Project Teacher Consultant; Conference presenter; Kappa Phi Kappa Award 2010

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's degree with honors in English Pre-Education, with minors in Professional Writing and Music. Master's degree in Integrated English Language Arts 7-12. Both degrees are from THE Ohio State University!

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