The Engaging English Classroom

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The Engaging English Classroom
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."--Mark Twain
 
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This is a fantastic resource for all high school grade levels, but particularly 11th graders and 12th graders (at the very beginning of the school year). Almost everything in this unit is hands on and engaging! Your students will become excited
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Literature circles get students excited about reading and having a voice in the classroom, holds students accountable, and keeps them engaged and interested in a text study, but they can also be overwhelming to organize. I've done all of the
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This is a great resource to teach students how to score a 4 on the Part 3 of the ELA Common Core Regents Exam. Text Analysis involves close reading, coming up with a central idea, and determining what literary element is being used. Combining
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Most of the time students hate poetry, but they will the poem "Jabberwocky." Students will be introduced to nonsense words that Lewis Carroll embedded throughout the poem and will surprise themselves by becoming experts at comprehension, vocabulary
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Teaching writing, especially to a standardized test, isn't always easy or engaging for the students. It is often a tedious task with everyone becoming frustrated at the end. Throughout the years I have created a small, but extremely useful package
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If you are looking for a mini poetry activity that will keep your students engaged, interested, and moving around, this is the resource you want to use! Many students find poetry to be boring which causes them to zone out during class but this
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This is an engaging and interactive poetry bundle to use with any middle school or high school classroom. Every single lesson involves the students working in small and/or large group discussions and will keep them interested. Heck, they might even
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This is a great Project Based Learning assignment to use prior to reading a text based on the Holocaust OR as an individual research project. Students LOVE the Holocaust and will be engaged throughout this project. Included: Holocaust Research
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This 2 day lesson is a great introduction to any of Fitzgerald's works, but especially The Great Gatsby. Instead of lecturing in front of the room while students doze off and day dream, this lesson engages the students and leaves them responsible
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This is an awesome resource to conduct literature circles based on the Holocaust in the classroom. In years past, I've always taught one novel to the entire class, and I soon realized that students LOVE learning about the Holocaust. Because there
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This is a great, quick, two week unit that is directly aligned to the Common Core Standards and focuses on close reading, text-dependent questions, and group collaboration. One of my goals as a teacher is to make my students more aware of what
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A short unit based off of Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter" that will keep the students engaged at all times! This is a favorite of mine to teach because of the irony and plot twist. Students LOVE reading this story as well and are able to dig
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This is a short, but thorough quiz to give to assess if students are comprehending meaning in poetry along with recognizing poetic devices, knowing how to analyze and annotate, and explaining the impact of words and phrases. I like using this quiz
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Get your students engaged with poetry while learning how to analyze and closely read! Often times students hate a poetry lesson before it even begins simply because it involved poetry. What most don't realize is SO much in the world is considered
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Often times students don't know what to underline or look for when a teacher tells them to annotate or closely read a text. In the past my students would simply underline or highlight every line which doesn't teach them anything. I have created a
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Make your students fall in love with The Great Gatsby with this HUGE hands on unit. Each day there is an interactive lesson plan that will engage your students and keep them interested in what they are reading. There won't be any dozing off with
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Have you always wanted to spruce up your class discussion and try a Socratic Seminar? If so, this will give you all of the resources you need! This discussion strategy keeps students engaged and working throughout while also delving deep into
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FREE PDF Vocabulary Word Scroll document. This makes learning new vocabulary words fun and interactive! ANY grade level can use this to enhance their reading comprehension and increase their vocabulary.
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A plot diagram that students will actually have enough room to fully write on! The first time I had students fill out a plot diagram, I realized I had made an awful mistake by giving them an entire diagram on one piece of paper. This left them with
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Give students a voice and a chance to discuss the school shooting crisis that has been taking over the United States. This unit will engage students from start to finish and allow them to speak up about the tragedies that have occurred, and will
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am in my 7th year of teaching and have taught grades 10-12. I switch off between 10th and 11th grade, but consistently teach seniors in a Syracuse University Writing 105 (SUPA) course. Throughout the years I have also taught a SAT prep course, a Modern Literature course, Journalism, summer school, and I tutor students privately for the Common Core Regents Exam. I typically have 1-3 inclusion classes with skill levels ranging from students who were or are in a self contained setting to honor students. This has taught me how to differentiate instruction and modify/accommodate curriculum to meet all of the students' needs. Teaching different grade levels and skill levels keeps me on my toes and forces me to come up with innovative and engaging material!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love a structured, discussion/group based classroom! My best days are when the students are actively engaged in small and large group discussions and collaborating. Almost everything I do involves some type of hands-on activity and interaction with peers. I also model what I expect from my students whether that be a writing assignment, a discussion strategy such as a socratic seminar, or how to closely read and annotate. I believe that students learn the best when they understand their expectations and are given strong examples. Writing is a focal point and I spend a lot of time teaching HOW to write, revising and drafting, and grammar. I try to incorporate writing as much as possible with both formal and informal assignments. This year I am also dabbling into some new technology to spice things up a bit so be on the look out for some lessons surrounding new ways to increase learning and engagement.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from SUNY Oneonta with an English degree and a minor in writing in 2009. I then pursued my master's at The College of St. Rose in Adolescent Education in 2011 and obtained my Students with Disabilities Certification.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I am not lesson planning, teaching, or grading, I am often times reading, hiking, working out, or traveling somewhere new! Check out my blog: theengagingenglishclassroom.com

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