the cryptic blank page

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the cryptic blank page
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“Literature is no one’s private ground, literature is common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves.” ― Virginia Woolf
 
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I use this slideshow to introduce Mrs. Dalloway to AP Language and Composition students. I find it helpful for students to see the major tenets of Modernism expressed through other creative outlets. In this case, I use art and architecture. I
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A classroom activity to evaluate the mental health of the four members of the Loman family. I do this after we have finished the first act. Students work in groups for about 20 minutes, then plan and perform skits. These can be very creative and
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These are just some thoughts I like to keep in my head -- and to offer to discussion -- as students study the closet scene and its aftermath. Nothing too groundbreaking. I was inspired by Harold Jenkins, mostly. I most recently used this with
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A short essay on the play. I use this for sophomores after a writing-intensive fall focusing on the building blocks of an essay. This is the first complete, major essay they write.
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Essay topics after reading chapter 13 (but there's good stuff in 14 for one of the topics).
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These articles, from 2014-2017, look at colleges using social media in admission decisions, the Peeple app, workplace free speech, and other issues. There follows a sheet of discussion questions in the agree/disagree format. Great for discussion
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Five rich questions on the play. I ask my honors juniors to write 3-5 pages on one of the topics. Previously, they have done some shared research into Miller's biography and some drama study
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This powerpoint gives background, including some pictures, a quote from Emerson, and biographical facts. Pretty basic, but I use it before we do close reading essays on Song of Myself.
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I use whiteboards or big sheets of paper for this, constantly checking in with groups to see that they're getting their paraphrasals just right.
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A worksheet that goes over quoting, citation, and punctuation. I use this before a major essay in an honors class. The essay assignment is on here too.
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Lord knows there's a lot of it. Almost all are from the novel. A few general SAT words added to it.
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A close look at some of the chauvinistic lines Hawthorne uses in his book that also manages to be proto-feminist. Good for discussion.
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A close look at the aftermath of the forest scene and the end of the novel.
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I give this assignment the night before (after they've finished the novel and we've talked about the end). They prepare an outline, and can bring their books and notes, but nothing digital.
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A look at this key scene and some thoughts on "the contract of the romantic novel".
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A quick and fun writing assignment to make sure students are understanding the difficulty of Hawthorne's text. Also to make sure they can mimic a journalistic style.
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I show the students about five covers from Us Weekly, Star, etc. They laugh and pretend not to know what the stories are. Girls are usually more forthcoming. When boys say they don't pay attention to these types of things, I pull up ESPN articles
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A collection of materials (an article, biblical text, court decisions, legal excerpts) that help explain the way the Bible was used to justify American slavery.
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14 years teaching in public and independent schools

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Lively, impassioned, inquisitive, student-centered.

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Phi Beta Kappa; Teacher of the year (2010); Commencement Speaker (2010); Master Teacher at New England New Teacher's Seminar (2013, 2016)

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B.A. - University of Massachusetts; M.A. - Middlebury College; M.S.Ed. - University of Pennsylvania

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