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Making inferences while reading is one of the most important skills we can teach our students. When students read, they should be inferring using both explicit evidence and implicit information gleaned from the texts in front of them - but many
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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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Would you like to help your students start their sentences with varied and interesting beginnings? Would you like to be able to help them easily improve their writing? If so, then this lesson that teaches six different sentence starters is the way
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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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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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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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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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Would you like to easily add some creative writing to your ELA curriculum? If your answer is yes, then, the Skeltonic Verse poem is for you! Skeltonic verse, also known as "tumbling verse" because it tumbles down the page, is a fun, high-energy poem
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Teaching students to write the Villanelle can be a daunting task, but this complete lesson makes the job much easier for you and much more manageable for your students. The beauty of the Villanelle comes from its repeating lines, often written in
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Teach your students how to infer and make inference statements. Students will identify Explicit and Implicit details in texts and how to use them to make an inference with this Two-Sentence Story. This single story is a small SAMPLE of my How to
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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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