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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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By The Engaging English Classroom
This is a fantastic resource for all high school grade levels, but particularly 11th graders and 12th graders. There are both IN PERSON and DIGITAL options. Almost everything in this unit is hands on and engaging! Your students will become excited
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RI.11-12.7, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.6, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.4, SL.11-12.5
$12.00
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By The Engaging English Classroom
One of the most important communication skills students can learn is how to write an email that is formatted appropriately. After years of receiving emails with text language, spelling errors, slang, and with no format or organization, I started
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Communications, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.7, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.3, SL.9-10.4, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$2.75
5
Digital Download PDF (0.44 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
This is a GREAT project to keep your seniors engaged and coming to class towards the end of the year! 12th graders get senioritis early on, so it is imperative to keep them interested and excited with an assignment like this!Students are able to use
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Informational Text, End of Year
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Staff
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.5, CCRA.SL.6
$1.50
5
Digital Download ZIP (0.40 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
This is a 1-1.5 weeks project that my students talk about and remember for years after they graduate. It is simple, yet extremely effective and influential. Students have the opportunity to showcase what they've learned about the rhetorical appeals
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Other (ELA), Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Multimedia
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1a, SL.9-10.1b, SL.9-10.1c, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.3, SL.9-10.4, SL.9-10.5
$6.00
5
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By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Literature, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.6, RL.9-10.10, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5...
$18.00
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By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (0.44 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.6, RL.9-10.10, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.3, SL.9-10.1
$6.00
2
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By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Novel Study
$1.25
2
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By The Engaging English Classroom
This is one of my students' favorite units! The use of real life advertisements, commercials, celebrities, and famous speeches engage everyone and keep them interested while learning how rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos) create persuasion.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.7, RI.9-10.8, RI.9-10.9, RI.9-10.10, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1a...
$12.00
Digital Download ZIP (1.55 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing-Essays, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Test Prep, Outlines, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.8, RI.9-10.10, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.9b
$2.50
1
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By The Engaging English Classroom
This bundle contains three engaging lesson plans & activities, plus a quiz. This bundle is great as a mini unit, or as an addition to a full poetry unit. Students will work in groups and collaborate while being engaged and having fun with
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Assessment
$9.75
$8.50
1
Bundle
By The Engaging English Classroom
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 goes
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.7, RI.9-10.8, W.9-10.3b, W.9-10.3c, W.9-10.3d...
$6.00
Digital Download ZIP (0.78 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Literature, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RL.11-12.6, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2...
$22.00
1
Digital Download ZIP (6.94 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Internet Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.10, W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.1e, W.9-10.2a, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.7, SL.9-10.1a...
$12.00
Digital Download ZIP (15.90 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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 these
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Test Prep, Outlines, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
2
Digital Download ZIP (0.63 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Novel Study, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.6, RL.9-10.7, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1a, SL.9-10.1b, SL.9-10.1c...
$10.00
Digital Download ZIP (1.10 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
This project can be assigned for BOTH in person and remote learning. It is a great opportunity for students to explore the different aspects of a college or trade school that they may be interested in. This project also gives them a chance to
Subjects:
Career and Technical Education, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Research, Projects, Activities
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.7, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1a, SL.11-12.1b, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.4
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (0.44 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.6, RL.9-10.7, RL.9-10.8, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.3...
$4.00
1
Digital Download ZIP (2.95 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Literature, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.7, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.4
$1.50
1
Digital Download ZIP (0.51 MB)
By The Engaging English Classroom
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
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.10, W.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.3, L.9-10.1
$2.50
1
Digital Download ZIP (1.24 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching since 2012 and primarily teach English 10, a college writing course, and AP Language and Composition. 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.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yet to be added

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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