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This is a step-by-step guide that explains how to write a rhetorical analysis essay (14 total steps). When I started teaching AP Language and Composition, I found it hard to explain the rhetorical analysis essay to my students. I typed up this
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This is a 90-minute lesson for the first day of AP Language and Composition. It is an introduction to the class that involves journaling, a discussion about argumentation techniques, a short video, and a look at a released exam. Students end with a
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This is a step-by-step guide and basic essay template to help students who are learning how to write the AP Language and Composition rhetorical analysis essay. It includes a list of detailed steps for students to follow, a space for them to briefly
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This is a 31 question unit test for struggling readers. The first 28 questions are multiple choice and focus on plot, quote identification, and literary terms (stereotype, irony, dynamic character). The last three questions are open-ended. Students
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This is a packet of three graphic organizers to help students learn how to write a rhetorical analysis essay. This packet includes two of my other products: "How to Write a Rhetorical Analysis for the AP Exam"
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This is a structured poem analysis activity that culminates in students writing a developed and cohesive analysis paragraph. In this activity, students will annotate, determine the poem’s theme, and learn how to write an analysis paragraph in the
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Product Description: This is an easy-to-use, 60-minute lesson that introduces students to rhetoric and the rhetorical triangle. After a brief lecture on rhetoric and the rhetorical triangle (PowerPoint and note-taking guide included), students then
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This is a difficult 78-question multiple choice test for Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. I made the test for my AP Language and Composition students, so the questions focus on details from the reading but also on the argument and purpose of each
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Product Description: This activity helps students to examine their own biases about Africa in order to prepare to read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The lesson includes a brainstorm, a small group discussion, three writing events, and a
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Product Information: This is a 99-question multiple-choice test that I use the end of (or during) my Persepolis unit. The questions are in chronological order and separated by chapter. They can be used as one big unit test or as many small reading
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This is set of 9 funny multiple choice questions that ask students what they would do if they were stuck in some of Odysseus' situations. It's meant to mimic the personality tests often found in magazines and serves as an introduction to The Odyssey
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This is a structured, 3-part lesson on symbol analysis (for beginners). The activity starts off with a mini lesson about symbolism, moves into group work (initiated by opening an envelope or brown lunch bag), requires that each student write an
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This is a 68-question multiple-choice test for All American Boys. The questions focus on events and details from the story. The questions are in chronological order and broken up by chapters. Each question has 5 answer choices. You can use this as a
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This seminar now includes a rubric, post-seminar reflection questions, and a teacher tracking sheet that helps teachers keep track of student answers during the seminar. Print the packet, keep the tracking pages for yourself, and give the rest to
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This is a fun poetry analysis and imitation activity for high school students that features William Carlos Williams' "The Red Wheelbarrow." Students aim to create their own William Carlos Williams' poem on a giant poster. The lesson includes a brief
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This is a 100-question multiple-choice test for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Purple Hibiscus. The questions are plot based and organized by section so that they can be used separately for reading quizzes or together as a unit test. I use these
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Tired of teaching the same old Odyssey unit every year? Try some of these fun, hands-on activities to give your unit a kick! This bundle contains 5 activities: 1. Rate Your Odysseus-ness (Beginning of book) This is set of 9 funny multiple-choice
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This is a 59-question test for Lord of The Flies made up of multiple- choice questions and a short writing section. There are 55 multiple-choice questions, two short answer questions, and two written response questions (1 paragraph each). Thirty-six
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This is a fun activity for after students have finished reading Part I of Things Fall Apart. Students need to create an abstract visual of Okonkwo and they need to justify their representation with evidence from the text. The directions are all
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Product description: This is a detailed, multiple choice reading test for When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago. There are 68 plot-based questions and each question has five answer choices. Answer key is included. Offered in Word and PDF
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hello! I am currently in my tenth year of teaching. I taught 8th grade for three years and then transferred to high school, which I felt was a better fit for me. At the high school I've taught 9 Intensified, 9 Regular, 10 Intensified, 11 Regular, and 11 AP. During summer school, I taught a remedial writing class for students who needed to pass the state writing test in order to get their high school diploma. I am a reading specialist and have tutored struggling readers. I've also mentored one student teacher so far.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am relaxed yet intense at the same time. I like to apply steady pressure to my students, but not so much that they get overwhelmed. My classes are pretty routinized and I manage to cover a lot of ground that way. I like to have students do group work, and I do not lecture for more than ten to fifteen minutes at a time.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

None at this time.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in English from the University of Mary Washington. English 6-12 licensure from the University of Mary Washington. MA in Education and Reading from the University of Virginia. +30 credits in autism, technology integration, and gifted education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I enjoy spending time outside and play a lot of different sports that allow me to get outside in different seasons. My favorite part of being a teacher is seeing a student's writing improve over the course of the year.

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