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Show of hands: How many of you have been told never to use clichés in your writing? I know I have. And I've told my students the same thing. But it’s not that clichés are inherently bad, (after all, they used to be great, that's why we can't seem to
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Close Reading, Grammar
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.11-12.3, W.9-10.3c, W.11-12.3c, W.11-12.3d, SL.9-10.1, SL.11-12.1, L.9-10.1b, L.9-10.5a, L.11-12.3a, L.11-12.5a
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Bring the powerful words of Detroit and Chicago raised Arab American poet and spoken word artist, Djana Youssef into your classroom! Whether you teach struggling or reluctant readers, or AP Language ( hello Apophasis, Litotes, Paralepsis,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
RL.9-10.2, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.10, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.L.6
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By Teach Write Now
Looking for a final project for your Frankenstein unit? Need something to teach annotated bibliographies or appendicies that isn't tedious and boring? Just looking for something fun that sparks your students creative neck nodes and brings them back
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Close Reading, Visual Arts
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Multimedia
CCSS:
RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.5, W.11-12.3c, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1, L.11-12.3a
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By Teach Write Now
How do authors create worlds so real it feels like readers can jump into them? Inspire your students to think like authors, and deeply consider their worlds and the way that they impact character behavior. Move beyond physical descriptions to
Subjects:
Literature, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.4.3, W.4.5, W.4.10, W.5.3, W.5.5, W.5.10, W.6.3, W.6.5, W.6.10, W.7.3, W.7.5...
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By Teach Write Now
Build Deep, Multi-layered Characters in your student's creative writing!Move beyond stereotypes and surface-level descriptions to layered, compelling people with these four prompts.Each prompt builds more background knowledge of the characters your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Rubrics, Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, RL.11-12.2, W.9-10.3b, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.3d, W.11-12.10
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By Teach Write Now
Two very easy to use tools for teaching high level analysis put in very simple, accessible terms! A What, How, & Why chart (which bring students up Bloom's Taxonomy from Summary to Analysis to Synthesis), coupled with a sheet for writing that
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Balanced Literacy, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.9-10.5, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6
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By Teach Write Now
Getting readers to feel what you want them to feel is so difficult! Have you ever watched a movie, or read a book where a character was feeling all kinds of feelings, but you just felt like rolling your eyes? This lesson plan helps students balance
Subjects:
Short Stories, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Handouts, Minilessons
CCSS:
RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, W.9-10.3d, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.3, W.11-12.3c, W.11-12.3d, W.11-12.10, CCRA.R.3
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By Teach Write Now
Deepen your students' understanding of character motivation!These three worksheets can be used with characters in any book as an analysis tool, or for students own writing projects. Are your students participating in NaNoWriMo? This is a great tool
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Creative Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Graphic Organizers, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, RL.11-12.2
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By Teach Write Now
Up your Game with Next Level Revision!Revision is hard. I'm not talking about editing, but real substantial changes to the content of a written assignment. It's hard to do, it's hard to teach. As a result, we often skip this step, after all, there
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.5, RL.11-12.5, W.9-10.3c, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.3c, W.11-12.5, SL.9-10.1d, SL.11-12.1d, L.9-10.3, L.11-12.3a
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By Teach Write Now
Close Reading, Creative Writing, and Line Editing exercises!The order in which we speak matters. One of the greatest ways to get students to see the power of words, and to improve their writing is for them to see that it's like a puzzle. Great for
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Close Reading, Grammar
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Minilessons
CCSS:
RL.9-10.5, RL.11-12.5, W.9-10.3c, W.11-12.3c, SL.9-10.1, SL.11-12.1, L.9-10.1a, L.9-10.1b, L.11-12.3a
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By Teach Write Now
We always tell our students to “begin with a hook,” “hook your reader,” “make your introductions exciting,” or “make people want to keep reading.” But what does that actually mean? It’s so abstract that students and professionals alike struggle!This
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Close Reading, Grammar
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4, W.9-10.3a, W.11-12.3a, SL.9-10.1, SL.11-12.1, L.9-10.1b, L.11-12.4a, CCRA.L.4
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By Teach Write Now
Do your students write one dimensional characters? Do they tend read characters that way as well? Inspired by Kimberlé Crenshaw's theory of intersectionality, this group of lesson plans guides students to create characters by thinking about the ways
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Graphic Organizers, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.9-10.2, RI.11-12.1, W.9-10.3a, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.3a, W.11-12.10, SL.9-10.1, SL.11-12.1, L.9-10.4, L.11-12.4c
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Help your students chisel their language into sentences that will dazzle the ears. This activity uses annotations from 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant Awardee, John Keene's semi-autobiographical experimental novel, Annotations (1995) from New Directions
Subjects:
Literature, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4, W.9-10.3d, W.11-12.2d, SL.9-10.1, SL.11-12.1, L.9-10.5, L.9-10.5a, L.11-12.5, L.11-12.5a
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By Teach Write Now
Can setting play an active role in a scene? How much does your environment determine your identity? These, among other questions are at the heart of this lesson. The tree-based novel-excerpts and prompts are also awesome to use during the holiday
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Vocabulary
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, RL.11-12.3, W.9-10.3b, W.9-10.10, W.11-12.3b, W.11-12.10, SL.9-10.1c, SL.11-12.1c, L.9-10.4b, L.9-10.6, L.11-12.4b...
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By Teach Write Now
This seven sentence writing prompt with mentor text examples will help your students write more vibrantly!Metaphor, Simile, Metonymy, Synecdoche, Oxymoron, and more.Includes: a match-making activity (you can use it to help with higher order
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Creative Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.9-10.3c, W.11-12.3c, L.9-10.5, L.9-10.5a, L.11-12.5, L.11-12.5a
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By Teach Write Now
Great writing combines its "what" with its "how" to create a meaningful "why." This lesson plan, based on the poem, "Almost" by Cortland Gilliam does this dance beautifully. The language and contents are simple, but the artistry is anything but!
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Independent Work Packet, Minilessons
CCSS:
RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.3
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By Teach Write Now
Bring the incredible words of Jesmyn Ward into your classroom as inspiration for your students' writing. This lesson dives deep into Ward's craft to discover how she creates strong feelings in her readers with the words she chooses--and just as
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Close Reading, Grammar
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.3, W.9-10.3b, W.9-10.3d, W.11-12.3b, W.11-12.3d, SL.9-10.1, SL.11-12.1, L.9-10.1a, L.9-10.2b...
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By Teach Write Now
Do your students struggle with story flow and structure? Have you been trying to teach them to see writing as more than just a one and done assignment? Unleash Your Story Dragon! This lesson series uses an extended metaphor takes students through
Subjects:
Short Stories, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
W.K.3, W.1.3, W.1.7, W.2.3, W.2.5, W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3, W.5.3a, W.5.3e, W.6.3...
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By Teach Write Now
Teaching a unit on identity or intersectionality? Need some good questions to get your class engaged, and thinking critically? Try these out.Includes:Questions on half sheets for easy printing and paper saving. (Use all three, or assign a different
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Social Studies - History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Cultural Activities, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1c, SL.9-10.1d, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1c, SL.11-12.1d
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By Teach Write Now
Help your students craft compelling, intersectional characters! Or use this to get to know each other during the first week of school, and begin crafting a vulnerable, open space for deep conversations all year round.Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Civics
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Cultural Activities, Activities
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching since 2008. While my greatest love is high school, I've taught middle school, college, adults, and senior citizens, varying across all levels of privilege, interest, and ability. From Chicago to Eugene OR, I've worked in public schools, alternative schools, in summer camp settings, in prisons, and when I went back to school for my MFA in fiction, I taught college as well. In my offerings here, I'm bringing my two masters--writing, and teaching--together, to provide fabulous writing resources for you and your students.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in nurturing burgeoning artists’ voices. I believe this is indispensable if we are going to combat the violence and systemic racism in this nation, and develop a kinder, more empathetic public. When students write creatively, they're integrating what they learn into their own experience and imaginations. By embodying their learning, it becomes relevant, rather than disconnected from their lives. In the process, they'll add writing tools to their belts that they'll be able to use in their rhetorical and expositional assignments as well. I create warm, safe spaces that are also intensely rigorous. I use discussions, and inquiry, and movement. In the materials I provide here, we'll read very closely, We'll write a ton. We'll read each other’s work. We'll learn to critique and give feed back. We'll have a great time along the way.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Published Author | Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois | Nelson Aldgren Award, Runner Up for “The Lobster’s Daughter” | J. Scott Clark Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, Northwestern University Department of English | Pledge Scholarship | J.G. Nolan Scholarship | Edwin T Beadle Scholarship | Golden Apple Foundation Scholarship | Standing Tall Foundation Scholarship | Liberty Bank Scholarship | Mather Alumni Scholarship | Mather Zeolites Scholarship

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Oregon, Masters of Fine Arts, Fiction | National Louis University, Masters of Arts in Teaching • Type 7 Certification: Secondary Education • Content Area: English • Endorsements: Middle School | Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Fiction + Comparative Literature

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