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This document defines the terms topic and theme, explains the difference between the two, provides examples of each, and explains how to identify each in a text. It is really useful in clarifying the confusion between the two terms and guiding
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I give these questions to my students after they finish reading the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. I often have students answer these questions as a group but I have used them as an assessment as well. I have included an "extra"
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These two sets of questions help students deepen their reading comprehension and analysis of this short story. I have used them as a reading guide and as an assessment. I have included a brief True-False review exercise that can be used as a bell
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I have my students read The Wave, by Todd Strasser, independently and I use these quizzes to make sure they are reading and understanding the book. I give my students a week to read the first half (Chapters 1-8) and a week to read the second half
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This multi-disciplinary project allows students to explore a career. I created it to help students discover the educational requirements, the employment history, the application process, and the typical lifestyle led by someone with that career.
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I have my students read "A Story of an Hour" and then answer these questions at the end of a short story unit, however, they can be used for multiple purposes. The questions are divided into two parts - reading comprehension and literary analysis.
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I use this children's story to get students to think more critically. This handout asks questions of all different levels, but more importantly, gets students to think "out of the box". As a follow up activity, I have students create their own
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I used these questions as a quiz to make sure my students were reading and understanding Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse when I assigned it as an Independent Reading book. These questions can also be used as a homework assignment. Clipart courtesy
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This handout is intended for students to examine the differences between the play "A Raisin in the Sun" and the movie "A Raisin in the Sun" (2008). Because the movie omits several key moments from the original play, this handout gives students a
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These materials are part of a Careers Project (also available separately along with a project rubric) I did with my students. I created this multi-disciplinary project to allow students to explore a career and to help them discover the educational
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I give this Extra Credit "Quiz" to my students every year so that they realize the importance of following directions. NOTE: I watch students very carefully and call "time" before any student embarrasses himself or herself. Students get a real
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I use this lesson as as an introductory lesson to teaching symbols in literature. It defines the term symbol, identifies different types of symbols, and explains how to identify and examine symbols in a literary work. While I used two songs ("Land
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I give these questions to my students after reading Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" The first set of questions is basic reading comprehension questions while the second set (see Preview) is more critical thinking questions. Students can
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This lesson teaches students how to improve their writing by using more sophisticated words. It teaches students how to choose the most appropriate word as opposed to the "smartest" sounding word. It includes samples and several worksheets. This
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I have my students read "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" on their own while we read "Night" by Elie Wiesel as a class. I give them these simple reading check quizzes to make sure they are reading the book. After both books are completed, I
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This lesson is intended to reinforce students' understanding of theme. It is designed for a high school class of students with varying abilities. It includes a sample as well as handouts for struggling readers, on-level readers, and advanced
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I use these questions to help my students gain a deeper understanding of Amy Tan's story about identity and assimilation. Questions can be used as a reading guide or as an assessment. This product has just been updated to include a matching
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This project not only holds students responsible for reading Chapters 32-42 of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (the "big escape") but also gives students an opportunity to have fun and be creative. It incorporates differentiated learning and allows
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This document is intended to show students how to write a well-developed paragraph. It is a sample that explicitly outlines the elements of a well-developed paragraph: Topic Sentence, Example(s), Explanation(s), and Closing. While this lesson
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This rubric is used to assess class participation. It evaluates Attendance/Promptness, Engagement, Listening Skills, Behavior, and Preparation.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I teach in a New York City Public High School. This year is my 13th year teaching English there. I have taught English Literature classes, Writing Skills classes, and Elective classes in grades 9-12.

MY TEACHING STYLE

All of my lessons are structured in a way that teaches students how to think as opposed to what to think. Every lesson includes a model that breaks down a reading or writing skill followed by a practice portion. I believe that the structure of my lessons allows students to feel safe in my class because they always know what to expect and can always identify what I am trying to teach them.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my B.A. at Colgate University and my M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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