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Bell Ringers, Warm Ups, or a Do Now: No matter what you call this activity, students LOVE starting class with these engaging writing prompts. Their unique and colorful images focus and engage students from the time the bell rings. Use these 28
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UPDATED FOR THE 2018 - 2019 SCHOOL YEAR! Have your students do this fun Back to School All About Me Ice Breaker Activity on the first day of school, and you’ll hook them for the whole year! Using terms that teens can relate to, this visually
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Teaching students how to infer and make inferences can be challenging, but it's an important reading comprehension skill that students need practice with. These graphic organizers assist you by providing three-step instructions and clearly defined
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Of Mice and Men Interactive Notebook : CharacterizationThis interactive notebook project focuses on close analysis of the cast of characters in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Your students will analyze character development; the relationships between
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Students need to cite textual evidence to support the claims that they make; using an evidence indicator helps students to clearly show their readers where that evidence is located in their writing. The evidence indicators included on the
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Using these Accommodations and SDI’s Tracking Forms will help you to stay on top of the many and varied accommodations and SDI’s you’ll find on your students’ IEP or 504 documents. The forms will save you time, help you stay organized, and will make
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Have your Creative Writing students do this fun Back to School Ice Breaker activity on the first day of school, and you’ll hook them for the whole year! Using terms that teens can relate to, this visually appealing “selfie” allows students to share
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These 10 Constructed Response writing assignments ask your students to engage in Higher Order Thinking and respond in writing to a standards-based prompt. Included are 10 printable handouts that you can use TODAY! What's Included: Chapters 1 and
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The Crucible's main character, John Proctor, is an exemplary modern tragic hero, and teaching about him and the qualities of a tragic hero is an ideal lesson to supplement your teaching of the play. Use this beautifully designed presentation with
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Teach the themes that John Steinbeck showcased in Of Mice and Men with this Interactive Theme Mini-Binder. This resource includes a hands-on Theme Mini-Binder that students assemble, along with a six-slide PowerPoint presentation that explains each
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Anne Bradstreet : Jonathan Edwards : Essays with Quick Grading Students will read Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards and write follow-up essays. After reading Anne Bradstreet’s poetry and after studying the searing “Sinners” sermon of Jonathan
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Would you like your students to FINALLY understand Theme? Teach your students about the themes they encounter in literature with this complete NO PREP lesson designed for easy, effective teaching of this difficult topic. This complete lesson,
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These No Prep Prompts are Ready to Print and Use! Use one, two or all three of these American Literature writing prompts as you teach William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, and Jonathan Edwards. Students are asked to “Put yourself in the shoes” of
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Are you looking for a rigorous and engaging Halloween (or anytime) activity that teaches close reading skills, meets many ELA standards, and is ideal for secondary students? Based on the poem “A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman, this lesson
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Welcome your students studying Spanish or your Spanish-speaking students back to school with this fun ice breaker activity that you can print and use in minutes. NO PREP! Using interesting prompts and cool images, this visually appealing “autofoto”
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As students identify themes in works of fiction, they record them, along with excerpts from the text, in this Interactive Notebook "Mini-Binder." Using analytical thinking, students explain why the excerpt demonstrates the themes they have noted.
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A Valentine's Poem that's not mushy! "This Year's Valentin"e is a poem with vivid description, ample images, and effective use of alliteration. Teen students appreciate the lack of over-the-top romance that they sometimes find in other Valentine's
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Why Teach A Format for Research Paper Conclusions? Writing conclusions for research papers is challenging for most high school students, and teaching students how to write conclusions is challenging for their teachers. Enter The Ultimate Conclusion
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There are enough Bell Ringers in this bundle to take care of an entire semester's worth of classes with a few to spare! The four resources include 54 Bell Ringers that encourage creativity and spark students' writing, 28 Bell Ringers that hit the
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Poetry : Poem : Mark Doty : A Display of Mackerel Poem Analysis Close Reading Teaching poetry is an enjoyable experience when you are teaching a poem that students want to dig into and you have all of the support material you need at your disposal.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm happy to say that I'm in my 25th year of teaching--all at the same high school in central Pennsylvania. I've taught 9th - 12th graders, spending most of my days with sophomores and juniors. I've also done a great deal of homebound instruction for students who are temporarily out of school for one reason or another. The successes these students saw while enduring their own struggles is inspiring!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in the power of my students to learn and learn and learn, so it is my philosophy to present them with the foundations for their learning and a multitude of opportunities to express that learning--and then to step back and let them have at it. There is always a specific, standards-based, rigorous end in mind, but they are ultimately in charge of their learning--with the best coach on the sidelines I can be.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

A recent shining moment: On a recent Friday afternoon just before the bell rang at the end of the day, after sharing several poems by Billy Collins with my students, one self-professed poetry hater said: "Well, I kind of like poetry now!" Talk about a WONDERFUL way to end the week!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

San Diego State--I began my education there--as an El. Ed. major. Penn State Harrisburg--Where I earned my undergraduate degree--in Sec. Ed. Humanities. Many, many workshops and courses that have provided new insights and current educational information.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I chuckled during the interview for my current teaching position when I was described as "bicoastal", but I am, indeed, a product of both coasts of the United States. After growing up in California, I moved to Pennsylvania (long story....) and now love this beautiful state. I am--and always will be--a California girl, but Pennsylvania is my home. Do any of you have your heart in more than one place? Contact me: msaylor.secondarystrategies@gmail.com

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