Tracy Tensen

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I created this rhetorical analysis addressing "Good Girls Go Bad, for a Day" for my college-level Comp I students this spring. It worked sooo well. The products were the best rhetorical essays I've received--ever. In the instruction sheet I include
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What's for dinner? This is a great unit for a senior composition or university basic level composition course. It blends Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," with a humorous Colbert Report segment on the "dangers" of feeding the homeless. The
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Annotated bibliographies are an amazing introduction to research (with or without an additional research essay). I use annotated bibs to encourage students to independently explore issues we are discussing in class: death penalty, gender issues,
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Looking for an engaging text to use for a rhetorical analysis? I love using Namit Arora's "On Eating Animals." In the attached plans I include teacher instructions, instructions for the student analysis, a preparatory analysis sheet, and part of
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Here it is: a great collection of rhetorical terms with a key! Perfect for introductory college comp classes in which students need to know the basic rhetorical terms to be able to discuss and analyze writing. These straightforward definitions
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Discussing this poem with students is a powerful experience. Edwin Brock's, "Five Ways to Kill a Man," addresses four deadly methods society has employed when planning to destroy others. He offers these examples in a strangely casual tone, almost
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MACBETH is so visual, so thematic--atmosphere is so important. Here are some creative ideas to encourage an emotional response to the play. After reading the tragedy, climbing through some lit crit, discussing character, theme, and Shakespearean
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I used this poem for an interview when asked to teach a twenty minute lesson because it engages readers. The poem's topic--overcoming a personal problem--is interesting to students and observers alike. The poem's simple style and accessible metaphor
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This is one of my favorite poems, and for me it has even more meaning when read with Scott Russell Sander's essay about his father's alcoholism. This download includes "My Papa's Waltz" and discussion questions. It also includes a section of
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Black History Month is a great time to introduce students to James Weldon Johnson! This 1-2 day unit combines a short nonfiction piece called "Jim Crow Train" as well as a spiritual poem by Johnson. Comparing his poem to a song from Hairspray
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Here is the final in my series of casual guided reading sheets for MACBETH. This one takes students through Act 4! See sheets for Acts 1-3 as well.
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What?! A fun APA project? Here's a unique introduction to the APA Research Essay! This fun academic project allows the students to conduct their own primary research, calls for related secondary research, and culminates in a complete 6-8 page APA
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This guided reading makes it possible for students to tackle alone (or in a reading group) the first act of MACBETH. The line numbers may change depending which text you use. If you're interested in an answer key or worksheets for the rest of the
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Want to add another (fun) level to your unit on argument? Students enjoy learning about the logical fallacies. These can be nicely paired with effective commercials (found easily on the internet) or controversial documentaries (like Bowling for
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Love that Scottish play. To mix up our Shakespearean adventure with Macbeth, I have the students read Act II aloud in small groups! It's nice variety and they do well trying to figure things out together!
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Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things offers a fascinating, vivid, and compassionate look at hoarding and our relationship to possessions. In this lesson plan, I include a writing prompt for one of the chapters as well as a
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Let's talk morality! This article is high interest, a bit controversial, and offers awesome brain candy and intriguing scenarios. Pinker's New York Times essay, "The Moral Instinct" makes for an excellent opener to a college level comp class. The
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This casually written guided reading can help students better understand the 3rd act of that damned Scottish play.
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This worked so well! After covering the logical fallacies and Classical/Aristotelean argument structure, I had them complete this analytical assignment and their critical thinking was fantastic. They have to select two current editorials on
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Dear Comrades, Within this document you will find several quizzes (open book, not open book, about Goldstein's Book, about Room 101...) There is also a special Thought Criminal activity addressing "fake news." You will find an assignment sheet
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Gilbert High School, Ames, Iowa; Ankeny Community High School, Ankeny, Iowa; Southeast Polk Community High School, Altoona, Iowa; Des Moines Area Community College, West Des Moines, Iowa

MY TEACHING STYLE

Creative, passionate, interactive, inclusive, genuine

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

NEH seminar recipient: 2015 Published in THE ENGLISH JOURNAL; Teaching Poetry and the Common Core instructor, Heartland AEA; Advanced Placement Literature and Composition reader Presentation at ICTE

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master's Degree in Literature, Iowa State University; Bachelor's Degree in English Education, Northwestern College

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have a wonderful family and two cats; and I love writing poetry and gardening (flowers only).

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