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Great Gatsby Socratic Seminar This is a great way to get your students thinking about the themes in literature either before or after they read the novel; I find it works equally well for both. The packet includes four groups philosophical,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Rubrics
$3.00
26 ratings
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Citations cheat sheet and PowerPoint Tired of fielding a million questions about parenthetical citations? Give this handy cheat sheet to your students to help them remember the rules for using parenthetical citation, including those tricky online
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Research, PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts
$4.00
25 ratings
3.9
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Socratic Seminar Rubric I use this rubric to grade small group discussions called Socratic Seminars. I develop four sets of theme-based, philosophical questions for the novel, poem, or short story and divide up the students in the class into the
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
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End of year research project Looking for a great way to end your school year in your high school English class? This presentation hand out and rubric work great in place of a final exam or as a way to fill some dead time when you don't feel like
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Projects, Activities
$4.00
12 ratings
3.9
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This is a great way to get your students thinking about the themes in literature either during or after they read the play, although it seems to work best once the play is complete. The packet includes four groups philosophical, theme-based
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Novel Study, Cooperative Learning, Literature Circles
$3.00
2 ratings
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Of Mice and Men Socratic Seminar This is a great way to get your students thinking about the themes in literature either before or after they read the novel; I find it works equally well for both. The packet includes four groups philosophical,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Novel Study
$3.00
1 rating
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I have been teaching 11th graders to write a college admissions essay for the past ten years and this system really works! It's especially great if you have a wide variety of writing abilities within the same class. My favorite part of the packet
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
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This packet contains an essay assignment sheet, a blank graphic organizer that lists the important symbols from the play, a teacher's key to this organizer that explains each symbol and how it is used in the play, and a scoring rubric for the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
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I always struggled for a way to assess choice reading. Last year, I experimented with students creating online reading blogs. This is the rubric I used to assess them.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Rubrics
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This essay asks students to examine the many faces of Gatsby and why Fitzgerald creates multiple personas for Gatsby. This download includes the essay prompt and assignment sheet, an outline that is suitable for special education students, and a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
$5.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Eight years teaching in a public high school in New Jersey.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'm always trying to mix things up. I truly value academic rigor in writing, but also try to provide students with opportunities for project-based learning. I try to think about what students are going to need most for college and for their future careers and believe it comes down to being able to develop and articulate spoken and written arguments. The process of getting them to that point requires careful planning, creativity, and most of all, flexibility.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Award Recipient

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MA - English Education, Rutgers University

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