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Thanks for checking out my best selling literature unit!!!!! Science Fiction is one of my favorite units to teach. It gives each of us a chance to ask, "What if?" This 104-page unit covers information about the history of science fiction as a
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This 50+ page Out of the Dust resource packet combines study guide and discussion questions, graphic organizers, vocabulary, projects, writing assignments, quizzes, keys to them, internet resources, and more! Check out the preview file for a better
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“Baseball Literacy” is a resource binder – a reference source of baseball-related activities, lesson plans, links, and more. It includes : --baseball word study / word play such as anagrams, inky pinky, word searches, and links many
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American history is filled with momentous events that bring us both pride and guilt. America's westward expansion is one such example that often brings about conflicting emotions. The Westward Expansion, Native Americans, and Manifest Destiny
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The collection of World History word searches covers a variety of people, places, ideas, and events throughout history. There are word searches for: Mesopotamia Ancient Egypt History of China History of Japan History of
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This packet contains 4 quizzes and a test about Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. All of them have answer keys. At the end of the packet is a list of suggestions about how to modify the assessments to be accessible to a larger range
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Whirligig is a challenging young-adult novel by Newbery Award-winning author, Paul Fleischman. It provides material for great conversations with teenagers about popularity, responsibility, and how we handle guilt and forgiveness. This resource
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160 + pages of grammar, usage, proofreading, word study, and more... That includes prefixes and suffixes, spelling, crossword puzzles, and quite a bit extra... Many answer keys provided as well! Did you ever notice that no matter how many
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As the culmination of a prefix unit, students become experts on a particular prefix and create their own "prefix poems." While this assignment has specific requirements, it can easily be modified to meet the needs of your own students. File
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Today's "plugged in" students learn differently than those of years ago. This unit provides the information and structure to help them understand the video game review genre, analyze examples, and go through the writing process to craft their own
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The Folktale Genre Study is a combination of many different teaching resources. It includes unit objectives, classic folktales (mostly Asian), original questions, sheets to help students through the process of writing an original folktale,
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The Newbery Medal packet contains materials to enrich your Library Class or Language Arts Class. It contains: --links to dozens of sites about literary awards, as well as links to literary games --a trivia scavenger hunt about the Newbery Medal
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Earth Day Wordplay Fun and Resources provides some fun printable word activities and an extensive and organized resource list. There are more than sixty links to lesson plans, information and reference, games, advice, articles, and suggestions for
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A genre study of movie reviews is a versatile and exciting unit. It works well on its own or as part of a larger unit on nonfiction or persuasive writing. Students appreciate studying "real world" writing and like to express their opinions. This
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What is culture? What should we examine in order to learn about a culture? This resource packet answers those questions and more. In the past, I've taught an introduction to culture for a World History/Culture class and for a Sociology elective.
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The Ancient Greece packet contains a variety of materials. Although not a stand-alone unit, it is intended to supplement and complement the resources you already have. It contains notes on geography and history, some quizzes, an abridged version
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As the school year winds down, students become restless. Summer is so close that they're thinking about it, but they need to be productive in school as well. "Summer-themed Wordplay Fun" has original materials: anagrams, "Inky Pinky", crossword,
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The Ancient Egypt resource packet has a little bit of everything. There are notes and vocabulary, skill worksheets and quizzes,readings, word play, helpful links, and more. This isn't intended to be a stand alone Egypt unit. Rather, it is a
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This is an eclectic compilation of my best poetry materials for use during National Poetry Month or any other time of year. It is not a unit plan, but offers lots of choices for both reading and writing poetry. Some of the poems involved are
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Here is a chance to mix some word play fun into class! All of the activities have a back-to-school theme. This file contains anagrams, inky pinky, and \"words within a word\" challenge activities -- all with answer keys. In addition, the final
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fifteen years of teaching experience: Middle School: --5th grade Humanities (English/History combination) --6th grade English --7th-8th grade Creative Writing --8th grade Language Arts (held this position for 8 years) High School: --9th grade World History --10th grade American History --11th-12th grade: Sociology and Minorities --9th grade English --10th grade English I have worked with homogeneous and heterogeneous groupings, which gave me experience with a wide range of student abilities. I have also worked in public and independent schools, in both co-ed and single gender classrooms. I also do contract work as a scorer of standardized tests.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I tend to be structured and challenging, but very caring and real. I adapt my pedagogy and curriculum to meet the changing needs of my students from year to year. I do my best to keep a sense of humor and create a fun learning community.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I served as a curriculum mapping leader in middle school Language Arts. I was on building cabinet. I took part in a two year literacy partnership with the Center for English Learning and Achievement at SUNY Albany. I have had the privilege of taking part in some great summer professional development programs. Some of these were: the Favorite Poems Project at Boston University, National Endowment for the Humanities Socratic Ethics Seminar at Williams College, Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities American Constitutional Law Seminar at Monmouth College. I have had personal essays published and have read some on the radio.I also published a feature article in a teaching publication and an academic article in an English journal.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA, University of Pennsylvania (English/History) MA, University of Michigan (Education/Curriculum Development)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am an avid reader and do my best to keep up-to-date on changes in educational policy and best teaching practices. I consider myself a "work in progress" and genuinely appreciate the feedback and encouragement that other educators have offered me on this site.