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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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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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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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Of Mice and Men : Audio CD Guide When Gary Sinise reads Of Mice and Men, students hear the voice of George coming through the speakers. George, Lennie, Curley, and even Curley's wife--Gary Sinise reads them all believably. This guide will help
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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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