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Plumb the depths of Amanda Gorman's stunning inaugural poem using this lesson (1-2 days, but expandable to 4). Using figurative language, sound devices, and other rhetorical strategies, students will explore the meaning and power of her words at the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1a, SL.9-10.1c, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1a, SL.11-12.1b, L.9-10.5, L.9-10.5a, L.9-10.5b, L.11-12.5, L.11-12.5a...
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Welcome, Madam Vice President! On this historic occasion, offer a lesson that gives high school students in ELA classes, grades 9-12, as well as AP Language and Composition students, a chance to study rhetoric using the convention speeches of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Examinations - Quizzes, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.9, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5...
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Riddle me this: how can our student poets see the magic of connotation, then render it in a literary analysis essay and creative writing? The wonderful riddles of Sylvia Plath might just be our magic wand. If your high school students need to
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.9-10.1c, W.9-10.2b, W.9-10.2d, W.11-12.1c, W.11-12.2b, W.11-12.2d
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Six rigorous writing, reading, discussion, and project activities to help students plumb the depths of Jon Krakauer's classic nonfiction narrative about Chris McCandless, Into the Wild. Using the hero's journey archetypes, students analyze
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Civics, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
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What would YOU do if Gulliver suddenly landed in your land? Were the Lilliputians respectful of law and human rights while responding to Gulliver? Lead your students through a high-level discussion and groupwork activity in this problem-based
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Civics, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.5
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Three deep-dive character analysis group projects for Macbeth, geared to high school students. A great culminating activity for a unit.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.10
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hi, I'm Lyn Fairchild Hawks. an English, humanities, and theater teacher. I want my students to feel alive in the classroom, so I've always designed question-driven, open-ended, skills-based lessons that are investigative, deep, and fun. I've published curricula with Duke TIP, NCTE, Chicago Review Press, and ASCD. With over 13 years of teaching experience and 30 years designing curriculum--plus running online programs with Duke TIP’s distance learning programs for 10 years--I love both brick-and-mortar and online materials. I'm also the author of NCTE's forthcoming Teaching Macbeth: A Differentiated Approach, as well as these current publications: Teaching Julius Caesar: A Differentiated Approach and Teaching Romeo and Juliet: A Differentiated Approach (co-author). I am co-author of Chicago Review Press' The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Wisdom and Empathy. I'm a young adult author. Check out my novel, How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought, for high school students, and my graphic novella, Minerda, for middle grade students, illustrated by the fabulous Robin Follet.

MY TEACHING STYLE

• differentiated writing instruction • creative writing activities • differentiated reading activities • problem-based learning • project-based learning • Socratic seminars • student interest and arts-integrated materials.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

• Grant recipient, Elizabeth George Foundation. • Runner-up, James Jones First Novel Fellowship. St. Michael, Pray for Us. • Finalist, North Carolina State University Prize for Short Fiction. • AROHO Prize for Short Fiction. • William C. Friday Fellowship Grant. • USA Today All-Teacher Team, 3rd Team. • Earthwatch Fellowship • Mentor Teacher and Teacher of the Year nominee • Distinguished Teacher, Presidential Scholar Program and Mentor Teacher • Andrew W. Mellon Educational Fellow, Stanford University.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Stanford University A.M., Education Stanford University A.B., English Current MFA candidate in Writing for Children and Young Adults with the Vermont College of Fine Arts

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

As an experienced English teacher who has taught in public and independent schools for 13 years, I understand what skills students need for diverse range of writing tasks. As a long-time teacher of gifted youth, I know how to provide differentiated instruction for all readiness levels. As a creative curriculum designer and e-learning expert for over 30 years, I know how to provide meaningful online instruction via Zoom and activities targeted to student needs, interests, and skill sets. As the owner of Success Story College Essay Consulting, I understand how to prepare students for college-level writing as well as college admissions essays.

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