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By SquareOne
This is a brief (1 to 3 day ) project that is engaging for students! This step-by-step handout guides students from brainstorming and planning to rehearsing and performing a brief TV commercial. Students will select any object found in the
Subjects:
Drama
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
$3.00
13 ratings
3.9
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By SquareOne
This easy and engaging packet moves writers from brainstorming and planning to a finished short story that they will be proud of! You can have students work individually or with a partner; my students love working with a partner! Students have
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Short Stories
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
11 ratings
4.0
Digital Download DOC (0.75 MB)
By SquareOne
Students love knowing that their opinions matter! This project guides them as they write a book review that looks and sounds just like those of the paid critics! Each paragraph has clear directions and necessary components. A handy rubric is, of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$4.00
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.20 MB)
By SquareOne
I created this project to help support struggling seventh and eighth graders. I wanted them to see their future as within their grasp. By researching colleges and careers, creating a presentation, and delivering a speech, students saw themselves
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4
$5.00
6 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.59 MB)
By SquareOne
This two-to-a-page handout contains and easy and fun activity for students to create a topic sentence. Students work with a partner to read a brief but engaging paragraph. The paragraph has everything but a topic sentence! Students discuss the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Cooperative Learning
$1.00
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download DOCX (0.04 MB)
By SquareOne
This is by far the most popular activity of my Drama class! Students come back and tell me how much they loved the Murder Mystery! Everything that you need is here: Directions, letter to students and parents, sign-up sheet for food, and, of
Subjects:
Arts, Drama
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$4.00
7 ratings
3.8
Digital Download PDF (0.54 MB)
By SquareOne
Here is the perfect first project for your middle-school actors! Students new to drama will relax when they realize that this project has easy-to-follow directions and that they are working as a group. Year after year, my students love this
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Other (Arts), Drama
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RI.7.1, W.7.3, W.7.3a
$4.00
6 ratings
3.8
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By SquareOne
This is such a fun assignment! Students are sometimes reluctant to do this, but when they see how easily I break this down and how hilarious are the results, they are all in! Seriously, students in my drama class have had some of their best
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Arts, Drama
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.00
2 ratings
3.8
Digital Download PDF (0.48 MB)
By SquareOne
This is a really fun three to five day activity for your middle-school drama class! My students love working with a partner to create a scene based on random professions, traits, and objects selected from three easily prepared grab bags.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Arts, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$9.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By SquareOne
Reading closely and locating an author's central idea is critical. It is also important for our students to be able to evaluate that central idea. How does the author support this central idea? Students are guided in these pages to read closely,
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.4, RI.8.5, RI.8.6, RI.8.7, RI.8.8, W.8.1, W.8.2, W.8.3
$5.00
7 ratings
3.8
Digital Download PDF (0.28 MB)
By SquareOne
Here is a complete lesson based on Kipling's delightful story. We begin with an anticipation guide, move on to asking students to consider their own courage. Next, for your convenience, the entire story is here. Finally, students complete a story
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$2.50
9 ratings
3.8
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By SquareOne
This is such an utterly charming poem and so much fun for students - middle or high school! Only upon a second reading do you see how well Collins gets the growing up process - the costs and benefits. The tongue-and-cheek humor is so important for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.50
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.44 MB)
By SquareOne
This is such a charming poem! It is a favorite every year in my class! Students love the understated romance as a young boy ventures on his first "date" with a smiling girl. You will love the symbolism throughout the poem. Soto explores the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
$3.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By SquareOne
Students need to be able to discern the difference between facts and opinions. These brief mini-lessons can guide students to do just that! You can complete them all in one day, or you can use them as three mini-lessons to begin class.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
$1.50
5 ratings
3.9
Digital Download DOC (0.54 MB)
By SquareOne
I feel confident that this Reading Guide will guide students effectively and engagingly through this exciting coming-of-age novel! Here you will find interesting an article about Stevenson, key vocabulary, a character chart, and a number of
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.6, RI.7.1
$9.00
6 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (1.06 MB)
By SquareOne
Amy Tan's "Fish Cheeks" is such a great model for students, as you prepare them for writing a personal narrative. She has all the right ingredients: a compelling situation, great sensory details, a lesson, and a humorous narrative tone. Everyone
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
$4.00
8 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.15 MB)
By SquareOne
Here is a great way to start your Drama class. I use these about once a week, just to get my young actors thinking. These stir up great conversations about the fundamental aspects of acting. Students consider the importance of listening and
Subjects:
Arts, Drama, Oral Communication
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
$4.00
5 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.30 MB)
By SquareOne
This engaging lesson demystifies Shakespeare's sonnets for students. My first page is an easy guide to the sonnet - what it looks like and how Shakespeare builds an argument within it. You then have Shakespeare's delightful and easy Sonnet 130
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$4.50
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.32 MB)
By SquareOne
I have used Billy Collins' charming poem "Introduction to Poetry" for several years now to kick off our study of poetry. It is absolutely perfect -- accessible, and yet full of imagery and figurative language. Most importantly, Collins has an
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Printables
$3.50
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.30 MB)
By SquareOne
Here is a fun and engaging way for students to do some reciprocal teaching! Each group is given one literary device to research, prepare, and teach to the class! This is a lot of fun and eliminates the "Sage on the Stage" problem!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
$3.50
4 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.28 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching English and Drama now for ten and a half years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love to think up ways to engage and support students of all different learning styles. I spend a lot of time locating engaging texts from a variety of sources and creating lessons around those texts that empower students and ask them to think deeply. I do my best to give students the tools to learn and grow, as well as motivate them to do both. I'm also a great believer in fun in the classroom. Lessons do not have to be dry and dull in order for them to to be rigorous, but you already know this; after all, you shop at TPT. Okay, I will now officially get off my soapbox. Thanks for stopping by!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

PTSA Service Awards

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in English and in Theatre. I have a master's degree in English Literature with a certificate in the teaching of Rhetoric and Composition.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Before I taught, I acted in a number of plays and in an improv company. I always loved to write and penned a couple of plays (one was okay), several short stories, and a lot of essays! I also worked as a teacher's aide in a county classroom serving children with special needs. My husband and I are extremely proud of our three nearly grown sons.

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