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Contained in this file you will find twelve quizzes, one for each chapter in the novel, each one with ten multiple-choice reading comprehension questions and a corresponding answer key. Along with the quizzes I have included a set of end-of-book
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While there are only 15 multiple choice questions on this test, they are well-crafted in terms of their ability to gauge a student's level of comprehension as well as his or her ability to think critically--on a deeper level--about the entire work.
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Each of the quizzes in this file contains 10 multiple choice questions designed to check for literal comprehension. Each also ends with an essay prompt that goes up the critical thinking ladder and asks students to explain or analyze, using
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Each of these topics comes in the form of a question that students can react to immediately; hence they make excellent prompts for on-demand, in-class, timed essays. At the same time, any of them could be used as a springboard for a fully developed
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This package contains five quizzes, one for each act in the play. Each has ten multiple choice questions designed to check for basic comprehension. The essay test offers four prompts that require students to think and write critically about the
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If you are someone who assigns books to be read outside of class or independently, this assignment will provide your students with an excellent vehicle for producing both a written verification of that reading as well as something suitable for a
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You've assigned a research paper on a controversial issue, and your students have selected their topics. Gathering information on that topic is the easy part. What often proves difficult--for teachers to convey and for students to understand--is
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Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild is a nonfiction book that most high school students find relevant, fascinating, and thought provoking. But my experience with teaching the book also revealed that it can be a challenge because it is so chock full of
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This collection contains six, ten-question multiple-choice quizzes, one for every two chapters, plus one for the concluding chapter, in Albert Camus' The Stranger. I've also included a final, all-essay, test. The quizzes are easily scored and
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This test would be suitable for any honors level, advanced, or AP English class. The test consists of five short answer and one essay question. You could also use the questions for either small-group or whole-class final discussion of the book--a
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This is a versatile assignment that can serve as a major paper in any English, writing or journalism class. I used it for many years as a stand-alone writing project in my advanced composition, AP English, and senior English classes. In each case,
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This collection contains one quiz per chapter for each of the 14 chapters in the originally published version of Richard Wright’s Black Boy. The quizzes on Chapters 1-4 each contain 10 multiple-choice questions, but starting with the quiz on Chapter
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This collection contains one quiz per chapter for each of the nine chapters in The Great Gatsby and a final, all-essay, test. The quizzes are easily scored and designed to check for basic comprehension. Each contains ten multiple-choice questions
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This collection contains five quizzes, one on each act of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Each consists of 10 multiple choice questions, except for the Act 4 quiz, which has 14 questions. These quizzes were designed to check for understanding of
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This writing project brings students and older members of the community together in a mutually satisfying and educationally powerful way. The assignment involves two major components: an interview and the writing of a biographical sketch with the
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Throughout my 25 years as a high school English teacher I frequently used an amazingly simple—and highly effective—word game that never failed to engage my students, regardless of ability level. It became my go-to activity in the event I wanted to
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Every spring for many years I was asked to coach one or more students who had to deliver a speech at our high school's commencement ceremony. And every year I would have the same problem: students who didn't know where to begin. Even though many of
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This document provides English teachers with a fresh, stimulating writing exercise, one that students enjoy. Few methods that I've tried have come close to producing the quantity and quality of writing that results from just one class period using
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This package starts with one succinct page of background information essential for understanding the historical context in which The Declaration was written. Following the page of background notes, you'll find a series of questions about The
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The final test contains eight questions, each designed to provide the student with an opportunity to think—and write—critically about the entire work, on a broad range of topics that cover the major themes of the book, as well as the subject of
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

25 years teaching high school English language arts

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in a differentiated, student-centered approach to teaching. This approach requires close consideration of the unique qualities--the personalities, the needs, the strengths and weaknesses--of each of my students. I consider these qualities when constructing assignments and assessments, when evaluating student performance, when making the myriad decisions a teacher makes on a daily basis. I also strongly believe in an inquiry-based approach to teaching, wherein I serve as a facilitator, someone who, through careful questioning, leads my students through a process that develops their ability to think critically. My goal is to help students learn to solve problems, make rational decisions, and arrive at informed opinions. As a language arts teacher, I strive to help my students both enjoy and learn from great literature and, through a process approach, to write with confidence, clarity, and rhetorical skill.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

– Earned national certification for my AP English course syllabus, 2007-2014 – District Teacher of the Year and state finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year, 2004 – Most Influential Educator award, Marquette Community Fund – Outstanding Graduating Senior award, NMU English Department, 1988

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

– Bachelor of Arts in secondary English education, magna cum laude, Northern Michigan University, 1988 – Master's in English with emphasis in writing, (3.9 GPA) Northern Michigan University, 1998 – Earned 30 graduate level credits beyond Master's degree (literature, writing, and education) 1998-2005, Northern Michigan University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

• Full time teacher of literature, speech, grammar, and writing: grades 9-12 • Developed and taught Advanced Placement English course: 1999-2014 • Director of Great Books Discussion (extra-curricular student group) 1992-2014 • Sat on several committees aimed at improving student achievement • National Honor Society advisor (14 years) • Developed grade level appropriate assessments to satisfy state exams • Mentored other teachers and student teachers (1995-2014) • Editor of student literary publication (using Microsoft Word and Publisher)

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