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Enclosed are short quick vocabulary exercises for a To Kill a Mockingbird unit. These simple worksheets are based on synthesis of Marzano research on best practices in teaching vocabulary. I have used these to great success in my own classroom to
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Companion quizzes to go along with the To Kill a Mockingbird vocabulary worksheets. These quizzes work best when applied with Marzano best practices in teaching vocabulary.
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Enclosed are short quick vocabulary exercises for a Utopia and Animal Farm. These simple worksheets are based on synthesis of Marzano research on best practices in teaching vocabulary. I have used these to great success in my own classroom to build
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Enclosed are short quick vocabulary exercises for a poetry/Romeo and Juliet Unit. These simple worksheets are based on synthesis of Marzano research on best practices in teaching vocabulary. I have used these to great success in my own classroom to
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Companion quizzes to go along with the To Kill a Mockingbird vocabulary worksheets. These quizzes work best when applied with Marzano best practices in teaching vocabulary.
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Companion quizzes to go along with the Romeo and Juliet vocabulary worksheets. These quizzes work best when applied with Marzano best practices in teaching vocabulary.
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For the teacher who wants to go beyond the tired out question and answer formula and foster deeper thinking of a text in a simple, straightforward way. Students demonstrate understanding by developing unique chapter titles that they must defend with
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For the teacher looking for a more formalized notetaking format. This is designed to help meet the demands of both casual notetaking and close reading and analysis. The boxes can be modified as necessary to suit your needs. This is useful for grades
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I use these to help my students deepen their understanding of individual words and other concepts. This can used in any subject from American Literature to U.S. History, from Biology to Geometry to countless others. It is designed to help students
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I have used this assignment in the past to help practice good habits of writing when that is not the main focus of the curriculum. From the assignment: "Now that you have finished reading chapter 9 of Animal Farm, you have 25 min in your teams of
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Fun CCSS aligned lesson to go with a study of American Romanticism. It can be used to assess or as an intro lesson to develop close reading and critical thinking skills. In this lesson students learn to make observations, identify patterns, and draw
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have seven years teaching experience at the high school level. My main focus is ELA, however I have taught U.S. History and social studies as well. I have taught all levels of students from honors (PreAP) to foundations and everything in between. I have experience team-teaching in a U.S. History/American lit blended class well where I was able to channel my background in U.S. History and combine it with my skills in ELA.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is pragmatic, but I tend toward letting students do most of the talking. I'm the facilitator. I want them to figure things out on their own that the learning may be more relevant and meaningful. Students sit in four person teams and I employ a variety of cooperative learning strategies in my pedagogy, most notably Kagan. Moreover, I take great care to develop assessments and lessons that incorporate real world contexts to make learning more relevant.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I currently hold a BS in Secondary Education Social Studies from Northern Arizona University. I am also fully certified in ELA as well and have spent most of time teaching in that field.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Stories and connecting stories to our loves is my first and truest love. I love creating activities where students can apply learning to multiple contexts that have relevance outside the classroom.

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