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This is a list of common tone words. Often on standardized tests, student might be able to describe the tone, but they lack the vocabulary of tone words. Incorporate this list into your vocabulary to help students with author's tone.
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These 18 Scavenger Hunts are interactive methods of learning material of finding background information. Beyond searching for answers on the internet, these hunts require students to search around their school, interview people,find clues in the
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This document offers some ideas and sample sonnets for students to review. Defines sonnet and iambic pentatmeter. Links to some other great references. One sonnet is in one-page-print form to cut into strips ready for students to arrange correctly.
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This three page handout includes an explanation on how to incorporate a writing workshop in your classroom. This type of writing workshop is based on the workshops done in college writing classes where the class focuses on one anonymous paper at a
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This two page handout provides and overview of the writing tip Show Don't Tell. In addition to explaining what these two terms mean in relation to writing, I provide ways of knowing when to show and when to tell, tips for revising, and a list of 45
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This one page lesson begins as a typical handout on imagery where you ask students to think of a special place and then list description for each sense... I see, I smell, I taste, etc. The second part asks students to then take those sentences,
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This document defines the difference between Metaphors, similes, and symbolism. Students work through the three different levels with examples and their own writing. Includes additional lesson ideas and resources.
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This is a new and improved version of the literature circle packets. Includes: Teacher Materials Calendar – Use the drop down menu to choose which of the following lessons/activities you want to use. Then print for students. THEY can then fill in
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For Florida teachers who are administering the FSA test, this is the state rubric (currently six pages in total) reformatted to fit a single page (front and back). Additionally, the rubric is broken into characteristics for each section. Purpose
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This is a quick guide handout for teachers and students on how to search, set up an account, and a list of activity options. Quizlet is an awesome free online study tool most useful for learning vocabulary or terminology. You can search for premade
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Looking for an option to the standard research paper? Or would you like to introduce students to research in relevant ways? This book will provide you with all the lessons you need to take students through the research process using magazines or
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After students read a novel (Either class novel or independent) they research some nonfiction aspect of the novel to present to the class in a moviemaker form. Reflection is also part of the process.
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These Lesson Plan Templates are single page forms with drop-down menus for selecting the standard necessary. Check boxes for Marzano, Gardner, Bloom, Modifications, and Data/Assessments save you a lot of time. You can also send all lessons to an
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Use this simple lesson plan template with drop-down menus to track your lessons all year. Also select strategies, make notes, and choose from selection of resources. Combine each week of lessons into a single document (Excel file) and see at a
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This handout is an easy way for students to respond to independent reading or a classroom text. Use weekly. Students complete any of the responses at the top, but must choose a different one each day. After doing this habitually for a few weeks,
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This new edition has been revised to include the best of the prompts from the last version plus a whole new collection of historical and literary images and excerpts to connect with common core. Now organized according to writing style, these
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Use this simple lesson plan template with drop-down menus to track your lessons all year. Also select strategies, make notes, and choose from selection of resources. Combine each week of lessons into a single document (Excel file) and see at a
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This 2 page document is designed to be printed front and back and used as a reference tool and checklist for students. It includes top 5 grammar mistakes from middle school through college, commonly misspelled words, revision tips and more. Space at
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Use this basic brainstorming handout with students to generate a new topic. Or you can use the remaining handout to create details with a topic that you provide. Use the list provided and random letters to create details for writing. End with
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This document includes four pages of strategies and ideas for formative assessment, reflection and review, and writing to learn. Keep as a reminder and a reference.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 9-12 grade English Language Arts, Writing, Journalism (yearbook, newspaper, and literary journal) as well as tutoring at the college level. I spent several years as a writing coach at the school level. I am a certified CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) and 6-Traits of Writing trainer, and I am Nationally Board Certified. As a leader in the district I provided training and curriculum design and implementation. I also served as a board member of the Florida Council of Teachers of English, an editor of The Florida English Journal, and a co-department chair overseeing 20+ teachers. In 2010 I founded The English Teacher's Friend, a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting secondary English Teachers and their students with innovative programs and resources. Currently, I am working from home with several educational companies and enjoying the freelance writing life.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Teaching is learning so I lead by example. When I want my students reading and writing, I read and write with them. I believe our schools need more creative and relevant materials in the classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2007 Florida English Teacher of the Year 2006 National Writing Project Teacher Consultant 2004 National Board Ceritifcation 2003 Melbourne High School Teacher of the Year 2002 Area I Award for Teaching Excellence

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MA, University of Central Fl. 2003 BA, Rollins College 1999 AA, Brevard Community College, 1995

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have two daughters, ages 13 and 19. We love fastpitch softball, camping, reading, playing board games and cards, travelling and general silliness.