Steven Piziks

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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." --Ray Bradbury
 
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After the students have read "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, this worksheet guide them through a discussion of the story. The worksheet reinforces the concepts of conflict (internal and external; character vs. . . . ), protagonist,
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New writers often use forms "to be" such as "is" and "was" in their work. Dull! The phrases "there is" and "there was" also bore the reader! The easiest way to make writing sparkle is to use vivid verbs. After the teacher goes over this concept
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I use this method of classroom management when I have a large class or a loud and rowdy group. I’ve introduced it at the beginning of the year and in the middle of the year, as needed. It creates a little extra work outside of class, but it works
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The students identify the type of conflict (character vs. character, etc.) from a list of conflicts from the story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. It can be done singly, in a group, or as homework. It's also good for a substitute
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This writing prompt goes with your own lesson on point of view, either the types of POV (first person limited, etc.), or the impact POV has on a story. Students like the humor of it, and it can serve as an excellent discussion point. This is also
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This worksheet reinforces the parts of a short story by applying them to "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant. It's suitable for homework, single work, group work, or a substitute lesson.
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This quick daily/weekly method teaches students organization skills and gets them on-task at the beginning of the period. It’s also useful for recording formative assessments. This system is easy to customize!
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This game is great practice for nearly anything that requires repetition and speed. I’ve used it for vocabulary (especially world language), grammar, parts of a short story, test review, and more.
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Secondary students are usually taught to incorporate quotes from literature into their essays around eighth or ninth grade. They also often read John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN at around the same time. The handout shows them how to quote from a
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This worksheet is useful after the class has read a piece of literature and gone over the difference between static (unchanging) and dynamic (changing) characters. Students may complete it alone, in a group, or for homework.
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I rarely give reading quizzes. Students can fake their way through a multiple-choice test or get the answers from a friend all too easily. Instead, I have my students write a summary of the reading. They're quick to assign and easy to grade. The
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

By now I swear I've done it all. I've taught high school, middle school, and even graduate school for over 20 years--and written more than two dozen novels in the meantime. I've written curriculum, created new classes out of thin air, turned boring committee meetings into something worth attending, and held students' hands while they cried, pounded their backs when they realized they were graduating after all, and made them feel like a B- was the best thing that ever happened to them. I pioneered teaching media literacy, figured out how to get students to understand they were being hoaxed on the Internet, and have shepherded a mess of student teachers through those scary early years. This job is what you make of it!

MY TEACHING STYLE

If you want to know my teaching style, you have to visit my classroom. The door is always open. You can find my room because it's the one with all the hollering and arm-waving and the students chanting Will Shakespeare or drumming on their desks to Alice Walker while the principal scratches his head and wonders what the hell he just walked into. Come to think of it, that may be my teaching style.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I've been nominated for Teacher of the Year once or twice and been up for a handful of writing awards, but I'm too busy working on my next project to notice if I won or not! My shining moment as a teacher had to be the year when both my sections of English 9 finished reading ROMEO AND JULIET and asked--yes, ASKED--if they could read HAMLET next. Buy me a beer some time and I'll tell you all about it.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I swear I have more letters after my name than in it. So far, I have a B.S. in German and in speech/theater/communication (Central Michigan University), a B.A. in English and in health (Central Michigan University), and an M.A. in English (Seton Hill University). Who knows what I'll pick up next?

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Come see my personal web site at http://www.stevenpiziks.com . It has my Twitter feed and my blog, along with info about my books. Yep, they're real--I have an agent and a New York publisher and everything. I live in Michigan with my family. They think I'm hysterical, which isn't the same as thinking I'm hilarious.

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