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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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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 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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Here is an 10 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to William Dean Howells. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Howells, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely
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Here is an 11 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Hawthorne, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely
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Here is an 11 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Stephen Crane. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Crane, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely complement
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Here is a 10 slide PowerPoint/pdf biographical introduction to Ambrose Bierce. These illustrated slides include information on his life, several pictures of Bierce, and interpretations of his body of work. This presentation would nicely complement
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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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This set of 11 slides serves as a useful introduction to a unit on American Romanticism. I've used these slides in both my English 11 AP course and my college prep American lit course. The slides cover the highlights of both cultural features of the
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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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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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Every student wants to know: What makes an 'A' paper? English teachers cannot always objectively answer that question. This handout is here to help. The qualities all 'A' papers possess (as well as 'B' - 'F' are listed in simple checklist form.
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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 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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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 is a short, four-question, short-essay assessment for Dillard's An American Childhood. The questions are designed to both elicit some higher order thinking and generally assess students understanding of the book.
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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 13 slide presentation is an excellent addition to your introduction on American Realism. It offers a brief overview of the time period including salient historical and philosophical features of the era. From this springboard, you then can
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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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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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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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