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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 4-week unit on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini contains: a unit plan with questions and activities for 7 topics,a study guide with 135 questions, 11 possible activities for each topic including directions for a one-pager, 12 reading quiz
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2a
$15.00
$10.50
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This contains the links to 18 poems from Tracy K. Smith, Nikki Giovanni, Aja Monet, Dudley Randall, Margaret Walker, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Natasha Trethewey, Jay Wright, Maya Angelou, Etheridge Knight, Audre Lorde, June Jordan,
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$3.00
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This is a description of a project I give my seniors that I call "The Creativity Project". It includes the main questions of the project and a description of the four parts of the project ("Stories", "Conversation", "Politics", and "Art"). I
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$3.00
1
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 4-week unit on Beloved by Toni Morrison includes activities for six different topics:house (17 passages)ghosts and the dead (16 passages)memory (12 passages)motherhood (32 passages))intimacy (13 passages)race (13 passages)slavery (38
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2a
$16.00
$12.60
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 4-week unit on The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger includes activities for eleven different topics: identity (9 passages)age (17 passages)education (18 passages)appearance (11 passages)alienation (14 passages)innocence (10 passages)girls
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$22.00
$14.00
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This unit on Macbeth by William Shakespeare contains: a unit plan with questions and activities for 6 topics,11 possible activities for each topic including directions for a one-pager, anda writing prompt. The topics include: contradictions (17
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$13.00
$11.70
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 3-week unit on The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri includes activities for six different topics: nameimmigrationfamilylife and deathmarriage and lovetimeEach topic comes with questions, an activity, and a list of passages (anywhere from 10 to 30) to
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2a
$12.00
$10.80
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 3-week unit on To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf includes activities for five different topics: point of view (6 passages)questions (8 passages)love and immersion (24 passages)painting (12 passages)time (10 passages) Each topic comes with
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$15.00
$10.50
Bundle
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This bundle includes a 4-week unit on Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. It comes with a Word (.docx) file of the entire unit plus a breakdown of the unit file into separate digital handouts. The 4-week unit consists of activities on the
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2a
$18.00
$12.60
Bundle
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 3-week unit on The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri includes activities for six different topics:appearancedeathdoorsfaithloveplaceracerefugeestechnologywarEach topic comes with questions, an activity, and a list of passages (anywhere from 7 to 17) to
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2a
$20.00
$14.00
Bundle
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This unit on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens covers the following topics:- identity (28 passages)- place (23 passages)- crime (20 passages)- heartbreak (13 passages)- ghosts, fear, and the uncanny (35 passages)The unit includes:- day by day
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$15.00
$12.00
Bundle
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 4-week unit on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald includes whole-novel activities for the following topics: Narrative mode (12 passages), ego (12 passages), class and wealth (23 passages), romance (17 passages), time (7 passages), the past
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$20.00
$14.00
Bundle
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 2-week unit on Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin includes activities for six different topics:self (8 passages)family (8 passages)alcohol (8 passages)money (11 passages)sexuality (32 passages)gender (6 passages)culture (6 passages)place (18
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$17.00
$11.90
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This is a study guide for NPR's podcast Serial, Season 1, by Sarah Koenig. It contains questions for each episode, and questions for selected excerpts (with the playing time) that contain the crucial moments of the podcast. Designed so that
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides
$3.00
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This 4-week unit on Hamlet by William Shakespeare includes twenty days of activities, the full text of thirty-nine passages, a question for each passage, and two writing prompts. The file also includes a separate section with my marginal notes that
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.2a
$12.00
Digital Download DOCX (13.04 MB)
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This handout on the topic of symbolism (glass, kites, car sickness, weather, vegetation, gifts) in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini contains: a brief description of 11 possible activities including a one pagera list of 106 page numbers that
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$2.00
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
#1: How to Write an Essay Video Lecture with 4 Supporting DocumentsI created this video screencast on how to write an essay for my students. I cover the structure of the essay:introductionthesis statementtopic/supporting sentencesinterpretation of
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lectures, Handouts
$15.00
$12.00
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This is a year-long project to help students discuss the relevance and implications of literature. The different parts of the project focus on creative nonfiction and philosophy. It involves interviews, personal narratives, politics, art/culture,
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1a, SL.11-12.1b, SL.11-12.1c, SL.11-12.1d
$3.00
1
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By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This handout on the topic of symbolism (animals, light/dark, weather, sleep) in Macbeth by William Shakespeare contains: a guiding question to help with locating and interpreting quotations from each passagea list of passages with the page number
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (0.05 MB)
By The Joys of Teaching Literature
This handout on the topic of time in To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf contains: a brief description of 11 possible activities including a one pagera list of 10 passages with a page a number and a quote that indicates the beginning of the passage
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.49 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

English teacher, Princeton High School, NJ; 17 years teaching experience; taught 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade; currently teach AP Literature and Composition, senior English; Electives: Filmmaking, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Film Appreciation, Racial Literacy

MY TEACHING STYLE

I focus on creative writing, project-based learning, video essays, close reading, poetry, podcasts, read alouds, short fiction, novels, literary techniques, and writing instruction.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.A., B.A. English, Rutgers University; NJ Standard Teaching Certificate; NJ Standard Supervisor Certificate

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Visit www.theteachersworkshop.com to read my blog, listen to my podcast, The Joys of Teaching Literature, or enroll in my self-paced online courses designed for high school ELA (English language arts) teachers.

GRADES

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts

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