STownes

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This handout is part of a 3-day close study of the movie Shrek to review and reinforce literary element study. Students have watched Shrek the previous day through the characterization lens, using my "8 common character roles" handout. There is
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17-song Powerpoint presentation that presents the lyrics for students to follow along as the songs are played in the classroom. I used this to introduce themes of Of Mice and Men at the beginning of the unit. The songs correlate to the themes of
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This quiz/handout accompanies the 28 slide "Theme and Figurative Language through Song Lyrics: Review Quiz/Powerpoint" product I posted. The powerpoint is a 28 slide powerpoint containing 10 songs/lyrics of various genres. Artists include Ke$ha,
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Handout that accompanies 17-song Powerpoint presentation that presents the lyrics for students to follow along as the songs are played in the classroom. I used this to introduce themes of Of Mice and Men at the beginning of the unit. The songs
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Comprehensive Unit for Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain. Includes: Poetry and Narrative creative writing with models and examples 2 short answer, constructed response reading quizzes Final Test (short answer, thematic, literary
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Powerpoint with accompanying handout with 8 common character roles in a story, including Protagonist, Antagonist, Sidekick, Skeptic, Tempter, Mentor, Emotional, and Logical characters. Powerpoint provides tons of pop culture examples of these
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This front and back document can be used with classic novels, short stories, YA novels, independent reading books....anything students are reading. I have also used it in conjunction with films I've shown in class. The Data Sheet scaffolds from
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Handout with 8 common character roles in a story, including Protagonist, Antagonist, Sidekick, Skeptic, Tempter, Mentor, Emotional, and Logical characters. Accompanying powerpoint provides tons of pop culture examples of these roles from movies
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Introducing the themes of Animal Farm through pop culture references with which kids are familiar. Includes slides on Toy Story, Chicken Run, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, etc. I use this on one of the first days of the Animal Farm unit simply to
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17 Songs, lyrics dealing with the 3 themes of Loneliness, Friendship, and The American Dream in conjunction with teaching Of Mice and Men. Artists include John Mellencamp, The Beatles, Journey, Queen, Green Day, and more.
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To culminate a unit on The Art of Racing in the Rain, my 9th graders write an "iSearch" paper in which they track the history, origin, and development/evolution of a single word across many different sources and mediums. Students must investigate
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This is a 23 slide powerpoint I use at the beginning of the year to go over the genres I use in my 9th grade classroom. These range from traditional literature (the "classics) to poetry to fantasy to informational texts. The powerpoint provides
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This is a fairly large mini-unit exploring SAT (or other appropriately challenging) vocabulary words. I use it leading into state benchmark practice tests to expose students to a multitude of challenging vocabulary that is most likely to appear on
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This is a graphic organizer/space to compile research ideas that correlates to my "SAT Vocabulary and Linguistics Project". There is space to compile all information for the word posters, to write a rough draft of the Biopoems, to brainstorm what
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This is a 28 slide powerpoint containing 10 songs/lyrics of various genres. Artists include Ke$ha, Coolio, Taylor Swift, Maino, Jay Sean/Lil Wayne, and other artists of high interest to students. Students must assign an appropriate THEME to each
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This handout accompanies the Themes in Animal Farm powerpoint.
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The word list I distribute to students to accompany my "SAT Vocabulary and Linguistics Project" and the correlating graphic organizer, also in my store. The description of the assignment itself is below: This is a fairly large mini-unit exploring
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fifth-year teacher. Taught 8th grade one year, and migrated to a high school to teach English I to an all-9th-grade schedule 4 years ago.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I take a realistic approach to teaching. I have very high standards but do not sweat the insignificant things that won't matter in the long run. I strive to stay relevant to my students by creating engaging lessons that mix their cellphone-Facebook-pop culture world with my standards-based curriculum. On a good day, we have the best of both worlds going on in my classroom :) I also believe classroom management is the key to everything.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I'm a 3-time presenter at my state professional organization conference (SCCTE), and 1-time presenter at the SREB High Schools that Work regional conference in Nashville. Just trying to do my best and stay current.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in Journalism and Master's in Secondary English Education from the University of South Carolina

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