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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
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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
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Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$7.00
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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
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By Tom Durwood
This is a group of critical thinking exercises revolving around design and architecture.We look at a range of architects and designers in lesson plans for the general student.Design is everywhere -- cars, pens, chairs -- and the subsequent exercises
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homework
$2.00
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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
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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
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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
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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Military studies for the general student, including beyond-the-battlefield subject matters. Lesson plans on and about cultural conflict. A classroom favorite. We fully consider the mechanics of armed combat as well as its underlying cultural and
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Lesson Plans (Individual), Lesson Plans (Bundled), Homework
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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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