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Though at times it can be formulaic, the five-paragraph essay is a necessary component of the English classroom and favored on some standardized tests. This direct handout offers a quick break-down of the five paragraphs and each paragraph's
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This is a simple one-page handout with 12 tried-and-true hints (not tricks) for better performance on either of the Advanced Placement English exams. These basic techniques also can be adapted to other standardized English exams.
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Teaching review writing in journalism is tricky. You can share plenty of review examples, but here is an example movie review of the classic John Carpenter horror movie The Fog: in the left column is the original movie review; in the right column is
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This is a short, four-question, short-essay assessment for Schlosser's Fast Food Nation. The questions are designed to both elicit some higher order thinking and generally assess students understanding of the book.
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This short unit exam for Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby includes 30 quote identifications (a section in which students match the quote with the character and a section in which students match the quote with about whom it is said). The exam also
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This one-page project overview asks students to select specific characters from Hawthorne's American classic The Scarlet Letter. Students then isolate Hawthorne's characterization techniques which contribute to readers' perceptions of characters.
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This 12 page guide booklet is full color. It was developed for our high school newspaper program and provides a nice, direct, and practical overview of lead writing, news writing, feature writing, sports writing, editorial writing, student newspaper
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Here is an 11 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Henry David Thoreau. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Thoreau, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely
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This assessment on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter asks students to respond to four short essay prompts. The prompts are designed to elicit higher order thinking rather than simple recall. The prompts also serve as a good measure of overall reading
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This introductory PowerPoint presentation can accompany your introduction to Puritan culture and writing. Essential Questions (objectives): What are the unique features of Pilgrim/Puritan culture and beliefs? How do Pilgrim/Puritan beliefs affect
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Here is an 11 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Fitzgerald, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely
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These ten slides provide a clear introductory overview to a unit on Shakespeare's Macbeth including a list of the play's major themes, recurring images, and historical context. There also is a slide representing the major stages of the English
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Here is a clear one-page handout detailing eight proven tips for writing improvement. The most common student writing weaknesses are addressed (e.g., passive voice, colloquialisms, etc.) with examples of the mistake followed by a correct
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Here is an 12 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Washington Irving. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Irving, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely
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This assessment on Hemingway's Farewell to Arms asks students to respond to four essay prompts. The prompts are designed to elicit higher order thinking than simple recall. The prompts also serve as a good measure of overall reading completion since
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Here is an 13 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Edgar Allan Poe. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Poe, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely complement
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Here is an 11 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Ralph Waldo Emerson. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Emerson, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely
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This one-page illustrated note sheet is a colorful and well organized handout to aid students watching the Nicolas Ray classic film Rebel without a Cause. Space is provided for notes on the film's key characters as well as observations about story,
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Here is an 11 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Herman Melville. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Melville, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely
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This direct, one-page peer assessment sheet was developed to compliment the PA holistic scoring system utilized in PSSA testing. However, it could be employed in any upper level writing environment. The assessment mechanism utilizes a series of
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 21st year teaching English in a public middle/high school. I have taught everything from English 7 to Mass Media to Video Production to Remedial English 12 to Journalism to English 11 Advanced Placement to American Literature. However, the bulk of my experience is English 11 Advanced Placement and Journalism.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My classroom is a blend of traditional experiences and activities, technology-based learning, small group work, independent projects, and writing, writing, writing.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yes, I've earned professional recognition in both my district and regionally, and that's nice . . . but the best honors are the thank-you notes and emails from former students. That's validation.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

- BA in English from Pennsylvania State University '89 - PA Teaching Certificate from Geneva College '91 - MSEd from Duquesne University '97 - PA Instructional Technology Certificate from Duquesne University

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