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It’s the New Year! Begin 2018 with poetry that hits Common Core standards and engages students at the same time. The poem “Burning the Old Year” hooks students by first asking them to think of their own lives—and what they would burn from the past
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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 Story of an Hour Constructed Response, Close Reading, & Inference Statements This 3-part lesson engages students and meets Common Core standards with the close reading of the classic tale “The Story of an Hour.” While reading the story,
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Black History Month : Poetry: Praise Song For The Day Inaugural Poem: No Prep! ***A Complete Print-and-Teach Lesson created by Maryann Saylor - Secondary Strategies*** Celebrate Black History Month by Analyzing the Inaugural Poem for President
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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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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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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!


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.


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!


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.


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:

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