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By Tom Durwood
Almost all students want to be rich but few of them have the skills needed to get there. They will listen to stories of entrepreneurs like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, and I have found that I can use this interest to lure them into deeper waters of
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Basic Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Mini-Course
$7.00
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By Tom Durwood
A month's worth of basic writing lesson plans stemming from monsters.I have found monster theory to be an extremely rich vein to mine. If I can control the pace, my cadets will stick with this topic and write mulitiple essays on aspects of fear,
Subjects:
Literature, Basic Reading, Writing-Essays
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$7.00
2 ratings
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By Tom Durwood
I found this topic to be surefire engagement, since it involves both the students' favorite characters from books and movies as well as their families. I first set out the elements of hero stories, and ask the students to help me chart them out
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homework
$2.00
2 ratings
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By Tom Durwood
A versatile Basic Composition study unit starting with the fundamentals of hero fiction and progressing into the noble hero, story structure, villains and the detective-hero. These are lesson plans proven to engage even my most bored classes, from
Subjects:
Literature, Basic Reading, Writing
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$7.00
1 rating
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By Tom Durwood
This is a group of challenging yet do-able critical thinking exercises that my cadets seem to like. I usually start them in-class, then discuss them so the students get the hang of it, then have them complete the exercise as homework. The first,
Subjects:
Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homework
$2.00
1 rating
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By Tom Durwood
Almost all students want to be rich but few of them have the skills needed to get there. They will listen to stories of entrepreneurs like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, and I have found that I can use this interest to lure them into deeper waters of
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Basic Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Mini-Course
$7.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.12 MB)
By Tom Durwood
This is a group of critical thinking exercises revolving around design and architecture. Dieter Rams, a brilliant industrial designer from the 1950's, is the inspiration for Jonathan Ive, the man who has given Apple its tremendous success. When the
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homework
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Tom Durwood
This is a group of in-class (and homework) exercises that my students really like to discuss and write about. They deal with why scary movies are scary, a topic which seems to have universal appeal.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homework
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By Tom Durwood
Hard-won "best practices" from my years in a wide variety of classrooms. Illustrated. These basic approaches to teaching English Comp should apply to almost any stage of development. These rules may NOT be particularly applicable for departments
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English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
$3.00
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By Tom Durwood
Over 100 pages of the in-class and take-home writing assignments which have proven most successful for me. These fill out the advice I give English Comp teachers in the "33 Steps" ebook.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Minilessons
$3.00
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By Tom Durwood
Original action-filled story with historical context. Illustrated by Boell Oyino. Students read and break down this simple story of teenagers in a cowboy-era shoot-out, which then scaffolds into considerations of: a) story structure and b)
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Graphic Arts, Literature
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), EBooks, Literature Circles
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By Tom Durwood
Story-structure and critical thiking exercises to accompany the original cowboy story.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Graphic Arts, Literature
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Homework, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.00
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By Tom Durwood
Early-level math problems featuring dinosaurs. An original story with a map and full-color illustrations. Bandar (a pterosaur) and Nushan (a sparrow hawk) take a perilous journey to attend the distant birthday party of their friend, Sidd Bart (a
Subjects:
Math, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Original Textbooks, EBooks, Math Centers
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By Tom Durwood
Tom Durwood provides a useful resource for teachers and professors with this ebook. A valuable critical lens that could be applicable to secondary and collegiate literature, humanities, or interdisciplinary studies. For a rich literary criticism
Subjects:
Arts, Comparative Literature, Literature
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Original Textbooks, EBooks, Literature Circles
$7.00
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By Tom Durwood
A semester's worth of lesson plans on all aspects of "Empire and Literature," looking at how literature of many cultures is related to the rise and fall of empire. In-class exercises as well as take-home assignments, from short poems to challenging
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Handouts, Homework
$6.00
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By Tom Durwood
A comic-book adaptation of an original story. This historical adventure will (I hope) lure students into deeper waters of story structure and history.“A riveting combination of history, action and adventure, thrills and suspense.”-- Claire
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Graphic Arts, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
EBooks, Homework, Literature Circles
$4.00
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By Tom Durwood
Story structure questions followed by more challenging Critical Thinking questions about this challenging comic-book historical fiction.Young Matthias works in a Dutch maritime agency when he is faced with a deadly decision. Murder, mayhem and war
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$3.00
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By Tom Durwood
A graphic-novel adapatation of an original story. Full-text version also included, along with author foreword and historical context essay.In the dying days of the High Maya empire, a young adventurer rescues a farmgirl from drunken palace guards.
Subjects:
Graphic Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
EBooks
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By Tom Durwood
Lesson plans in story structure and also more challenging critical thinking (historical themes). These accompany the original short story (and comic book adaptation) of "The Jade Necklace." A young adventurer in the last days of the High Maya
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$3.00
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By Tom Durwood
A 9-page version of a remarkable "lost" story featuring one of our most popular presidents. With lesson plan.A regiment of black soldiers is unfairly dismissed by Teddy Roosevelt. Sixty years later, a freelance writer (John D. Weaver) uncovers the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Homework
$3.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my fifth year teaching English Composition and Literature at Valley Forge Military College. My students range widely in skills, from developmental cadets with middle-school skills to high-speed cadets on their way to West Point.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Every morning, I face several classrooms full of yawning cadets who care more about their tactical officers and tactical demands than about me and my demands. I have two major factors in my favor. First, my cadets enjoy the challenge of higher-order thinking. If I can surprise them and dare them to understand a new idea, I am halfway home. Second, if I can directly tie our classroom work to each student’s personal success, they will listen. Carefully. So I am constantly demonstrating that critical thinking of all kinds is their only salvation in a demanding job marketplace.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been named Teacher of the Year twice.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate: Social Psychology (Harvard) Master in Business Administration (NYU) Masters in Literature (National University)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I edit an online journal, "The Journal of Empire Studies," which brings the scholarship of academic papers to the high school and college classroom. I wrote a newspaper column for the North County Times for seven years. I served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. I have written an ebook on Teddy Roosevelt and the 25th Infantry, "Teddy's Tantrum," that has been called “the debut of a promising new voice in history,” by journalist Tim Pritchard I have posted a short story collection of coming-of-age stories set in key moments in history, "Ulysses S. Grant in China."

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