The Land of Cockayne

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This Animal Farm Webquest is designed for students to get a context for the book's history as well as the importance of George Orwell. It is designed to be used before they read the book. The questions allow for students to explore Orwell, his
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I like to give students a sense of a place before we read a novel. London's "The Call of the Wild" really has Buck traveling the Yukon wilderness--so I give this Web quest for students to get a sense of the beauty, majesty, and awesome geography of
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This poem, written in 1773, really reveals the tension of the Enlightenment world upon people of faith. Students of history and literature will find much to discuss and write about when going over Wheatley's points on science and faith. Her concerns
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The Wanderer is a quintessentially Anglo-Saxon poem! It has all the elements of that culture's worldview including references to pagan ideas, the passing of time, Christian motifs, the need for a Gold-Giver, and the allusions to battle. This
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The Anglo Saxons loved their weapons. They especially loved their swords! Their literature is filled with battle sounds and sights--involving swords, spears, and arrows. This assignment is done after students have read a few examples of Anglo-Saxon
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In Jack London's "The Call of the Wild", Buck has to endure a lot! Survival is a big part of the book--and his will to live and fight tenaciously is a very inspiring. This provides a good jumping point for other survivor stories, but also it helps
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Blade Runner is a powerful movie which is loaded with philosophical fodder. The production design is a compendium of mythic, historical, and cinematic allusions which are a feast for the eyes and mind. Certain objects do figure in the film again and
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The Chorus' speech about all of 'man's' achievements comes at a very strange time. Why would the chorus choose to pontificate about what Athenians have achieved from domestication, sailing, housing, laws, and the development of medicine right after
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High School students love cars but they rarely think about how cool the names of automobiles actually are! This assignment helps students think about the power of words by studying the names of cars. It also helps them to see that there is a whole
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Sophocles' Antigone is an amazing play which is still relevant today. Its themes of rights and government, family issues, women's rights, and justice and wisdom all play into contemporary life. The play is filled with memorable quotes which are ripe
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This is a creative writing activity which can accompany a unit related to Greek myths, Frankenstein, Dracula, Gilgamesh, Native American tales, or any number of monster related units. The idea is to have students re-imagine a monster of their choice
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Students take for granted the wonderful use of figurative language that goes into naming a product. The world of devising names for our everyday consumer goods is a lucrative one but also very interesting. The words sued to label a product conjures
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Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a beautiful and haunting play which crosses time while remaining in one place. It is in part a commentary on history and so it is chock full of neat literary, artistic, and cultural references. In order for students to
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Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a tour de force--a witty and engaging play, which challenges the mind and the emotions. One of its strengths is how it builds upon time using layer upon layer of objects. These objects can shift to being symbols, which
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One of the ways Shakespeare's plays are successful is in making a perfect cast of actors. "A Midsummer's Night's Dream" is a wonderful romp and having the right actors can either make or break that production. There have been some fine versions--
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Although some students may think otherwise, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales does have significance today and when you look at the characters closely you really see how interestingly human they are! Chaucer also requires quite a bit of close reading to
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This project is designed for disgruntled students (even those with Senioritis) to have fun and enjoy Chaucer's brilliant Prologue. It is written for all levels, but especially for struggling readers or general classes. The assignment is all about
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching at high school level for 20 years. I teach at a large school (large for Vermont) in Vermont. I have taught many different subjects including film, drama, and art history. My student range is from AP Literature to Applied and Special Education students. I also love learning from students, and many of my lessons have been developed over the years with student input!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have a balanced approach, between traditional/classical style, and allowing for experiential learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

College Board AP Honors teacher

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in Anthropology/Histoiry/ and Comparative Religion: University of Vermont; Teacher's Certificate: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; MA in English Liteature: Middlebury College

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I reside in Vermont, and love to read, watch movies, and enjoy Nature.

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