Shirley Spalding
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This quiz is based on the poem, The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven is an excellent poem for teaching the use of various literary devices and is one that is very popular with high school students. The quiz consists of short-answer questions,
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"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quiz is made up of 16 matching items and 17 short-answer questions. This quiz focuses on vocabulary, characterization, and content of the poem. The answer key provided can provide a
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"The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe Quiz is a 10-item short-answer quiz. This quiz, though not difficult, requires students to be familiar with the contents of the story and the vocabulary and also to think about Poe's narrative and
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This quiz on "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" by Flannery O'Connor is made up of 13 short-answer questions and 6 longer-answer questions. Because the story has so many details, a word bank is provided for the short answers. If the teacher is
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This word search contains 37 words from the characters, events, and vocabulary found in Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. A key is provided for the teacher. Word searches are entertaining and useful tools for the classroom.
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Chart of Characters in The Legend of King Arthur is a form on which students list all characters by types and write a brief description of each. This is a good tool for better reading comprehension and a better understanding of literature. Chart
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This is a quiz on Washington Irving's "Devil and Tom Walker," consisting of 15 short-answer questions, giving students the opportunity to show their knowledge of the story by answering questions in their own way. Some questions are about content
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This crossword puzzle contains nineteen clues and a crossword form to fill in the words. An answer key is provided. Crossword puzzles challenge students to think about vocabulary and experiences related to the theme.
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This quiz on the Prologue to Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer consists of 45 matching items. One section is about the characters and the other is about terms and general information. Understanding these details can help students to comprehend
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This crossword puzzle has 15 clues based on the characters, events, and vocabulary from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It can be used for assessment, a classroom activity, extra credit, homework, a time-filler for
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This activity has 2 puzzles, one without a word bank and one with a word bank. There are 20 words on each, all based on Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. The teacher should choose the puzzle version most appropriate for the
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This crossword puzzle is a great way to provide students with a holiday-oriented activity for Thanksgiving. It may be used for extra credit, a time-filler for students who finish their work early, a homework assignment, a fun exercise for the
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This is a creative approach to understanding one of Poe's most popular stories, "The Cask of Amontillado." These fill-in-the-blank questions are open-ended to allow creativity and self-expression by students. Answers will vary and should be judged
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This crossword puzzle is based on characters from The Crucible by Arthur Miller. There are 16 clues and a puzzle solution. The puzzle can be used as part of the assessment after students have read the play or as extra credit or a fun activity.
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This short-answer quiz has 12 questions about "The Pardoner's Tale" from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. An answer key is provided. This type of question allows students to use higher level thinking skills, as well as content recall.
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This activity consists of 12 questions about the poem, "Out, Out-" by Robert Frost. These questions make an excellent reading guide to help students understand the poem and realize that poetry has meaning, just as prose does. This sheet can be
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This is a short answer quiz which allows students to demonstrate knowledge and comprehension.
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This quiz on Jack Finney's "Contents of a Dead Man's Pockets" consists of 7 short-answer questions, 4 of which are probing and require comprehension and higher-level thinking skills. This quiz is an excellent springboard for creative writing
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This quiz covers The Wife of Baths Prologue and Tales from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. It consists of 12 short-answer questions. This format allows students to use higher-level thinking skills, as well as recall, and allows for
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This word search contains 8 words from the characters, events, and vocabulary found in Twas the Night Before Christmas. Word searches are entertaining and useful tools for the classroom. They can be used to occupy the time of students who finish
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught mostly English classes in middle school, junior high school, and senior high school. I have worked with basic level, regular, advanced, and advanced placement. One year I taught alternative school for students who had been expelled from public school. I have one year's experience with 4th grade and several classes at National College, including composition, literature, math, critical thinking.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Most of my teaching methods focus on self-discovery or small-group cooperative learning. I establish a learning goal, then preview, study or read, review, assess learning, re-learn when necessary, and incorporate higher-level thinking with projects or discussion.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2 terms--president of Danville Education Assoc. 4 years--state education association committees 6 years--teacher mentor lead teacher--focus school developmental committee to establish a focus school

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B A in English M Ed in elementary education courses in mentoring, computer skills, English grammar, literature, teaching academically gifted fourth-graders

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I work part-time as a ballroom dance instructor.