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Do these thesis statements look familiar? - This essay will be about.... - Harper Lee does a great job showing that empathy is important... - Have you ever thought about what it takes to be courageous? How to Write a Literary Analysis Thesis
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This 15-Unit AP Lang Vocabulary Lesson Plan asks students approach high-level vocabulary words (drawn from Sadlier-Oxford’s Level F Vocabulary Workshop) in two non-traditional ways: (1) Students interact with www.dictionary.com to look up
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When my students write about fiction and nonfiction, I strive to get them to move beyond the boundaries of the book -- what is the author telling us about ourselves and the world around us? This document helps students build paragraphs around that
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This worksheet (appropriate for 11th/12th grade, honors, and AP Language and AP Literature) asks students to apply Aristotle's definition of tragedy and the idea of a tragic hero to characters in William Shakespeare's Othello. This worksheet is part
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This simulation project immerses students in the totalitarian regime envisioned by George Orwell. Students spend the day with limited rights, compete for points, and engage in spying - some are even the Thought Police! This is a great opportunity
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Even some of our brightest kids will inevitably ask us, “Why do we have to read this? It’s so boring!” These reading prompts aren’t the typical study guides that merely ask students to read and answer a series of questions after looking at a list
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A frequent question we writing teachers get is how to write a paragraph. Most writing instruction for paragraphs includes the three major ingredients in a well-constructed body paragraph: the topic sentence, support, and a concluding sentence. What
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It's tough to be objective when you're grading essays. These rubrics give you and your students a consistent framework. No more "guess what the teacher wants this time" for students! These essay rubrics take the mystery out of how to write top-level
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Teaching Hamlet and need a new approach for writing assignments? This synthesis prompt follows the format of Question 1 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam. Students will read a variety of sources - from 18th Century and
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Reading prompts help students navigate difficult texts by giving them a purpose for reading, questions that guide them through their reading assignments, and questions after reading to help them synthesize their thinking. This student guide
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Reading prompts help students navigate difficult texts by giving them a purpose for reading, questions that guide them through their reading assignments, and questions after reading to help them synthesize their thinking. This student guide
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Even some of our brightest kids will inevitably ask us, “Why do we have to read this? It’s so boring!” That’s where reading prompts come in. These guides aren’t the typical study guides that merely ask students to read and answer a series of
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Congratulations! You’ve just made a huge step in demystifying reading for your students! As English and reading teachers, most of us are natural readers who intuitively pick up on the mysteries of good writing and engage in reading. We want to know
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been a teacher for 13 years, and now I'm teaching regular-level, honors, and AP English Language and Composition at Cherry Creek High School (one of the top-rated schools in the nation). I've had experience teaching all levels of high school English, including beginning and advanced journalism. Before I became a teacher, I was an education reporter for The Kansas City Star and The Columbian (in Washington State). I am also an AVID Certified teacher, and many of my lessons are inspired by the AVID curriculum.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My education in high school put the "sage on the stage" -- we had lots of lectures and very few discussion-based or student-led lessons. I understand the value of occasional lectures; however, I believe that student engagement drives learning. I earned my Masters at St. John's College, where curiosity and open-mindedness drive learning. I strive to recreate the passionate inquiry in all my lessons.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my Bachelor's of Journalism and Bachelor's of Science in Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I earned my Masters in Liberal Arts at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, where the Great Books curriculum happens through intense and genuine conversation. St. John's encourages deep discussion of texts from the great thinkers: Aristotle, Euclid, Thucydices, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Joseph Conrad, Soren Kierkegaard, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live and play in Denver with my two wonderfully curious and always behaved (yeah, right) dogs: Zeppelin and Olive. Zep is a rescue black lab who wandered I-70 in Kansas before landing with me; Olive came to me through my mom, a life-long educator and a constant inspiration.

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