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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." ~ Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
 
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
These questions are different than a typical study guide. With the exception of the question for Chapter 23, these questions are not about specific details from the novel. All of the questions are intended to engage students on a personal level.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$5.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This is a letter that I give to parents who attend Open House during the first three weeks of school. At my school’s Open House, parents follow their child’s schedule for ten minute increments; this allows them to get an overview of the class and
Subjects:
For All Subjects
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Classroom Forms, For Parents
$1.00
1
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Overview of ActivitySince 2005, all students in my senior English classes have completed some type of memoir. They are at a critical time in their lives. They are experiencing their last homecoming, last theater production, last prom, last sporting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$5.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
What's Included:Overview of Product3-Page Handout: What is MLA Format? 3 Parts: Paper Set Up, Works Cited, In-text CitationOverview: When students hear the phrase, “MLA Format,” they often think it means just attaching a works cited page or
Subjects:
For All Subjects
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Handouts, Bibliographies
$3.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
These Graphic Note Taking Sheets provide different shaped physical spaces/visual cues to help students know what they should look for when they read a piece of literature. It also provides a place for them to list any areas of confusion so they can
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Study Skills
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
$2.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This is the type of handout that you tell your students to keep handy all year as they work on various writing assignments. This one-page handout identifies six steps in the writing process:•Brainstorming•Organizing•Writing (First
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms
$1.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Many students of all abilities lack confidence when it comes to reading. This activity, which works well for all students- from struggling to advanced readers, and especially visual learners-- is a great way to help students look closely at the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Homework, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers
$3.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Throughout the years, I have often required that students write a summary of assigned reading for homework and for classwork as a way to show me their understanding of what they read and to help them learn the important skill of summarizing
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
$3.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Overview of ActivityThis assignment is the result of conversations I have had with students in recent years. Students are frequently asked to annotate their assigned reading, but they lack confidence in what to look for. They explained that they do
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Close Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
$1.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Students often include direct quotes as evidence in their writing, but they do not necessarily do so effectively. They include a quote that could have easily be incorporated by summarizing. This handout will help students understand the differences
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$1.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This flexible handout can be used for a variety of purposes; it can be used individually or in pairs or groups. Some of the ways I have used it include:•Warm up activity at the beginning of class•End-of-class activity•Brainstorming for possible
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Classroom Forms
$1.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This 2-page, open-ended survey gives you an opportunity to ask about the types of activities/approaches that students have liked or disliked in the past. This helps you get to know your students while showing that you are interested in how they feel
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms
FREE
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
There have always been students who do not like working in groups; they do not like working with classmates who do not contribute meaningfully and who sit back and let others do the work. It is especially frustrating for the students who often end
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Research, Projects, Cooperative Learning
FREE
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Sometimes we give students an assignment without an explicit explanation and that can impact their success. This straightforward, 1-page handout explains what an annotated bibliography is and why they are used. They also do not understand the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), For All Subjects
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Handouts, Bibliographies
FREE
Digital Download PDF (2.09 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a high school English teacher at Grafton High School in Central Massachusetts since 1994. Currently, I teach college preparatory sophomores and seniors. Previously, I have taught Freshman English, Freshman Study Skills, Sophomore Writing and Speech and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (2002-2017). In addition to teaching, I have served as English Department Head (1998-2009), Class Advisor(Class of 1998 ), Founder and Advisor to the Cultural Enrichment Club(1998-2008), The Tolerance Project Advisor (2005-2010) and GHS No Stomach For Cancer Walk Advisor (2012-2017). I have also served on many committees including NEASC Accreditation Steering Committee.

MY TEACHING STYLE

No matter what class I teach, I always want to make sure students can find a real-world connection to what we do in class. Also, I tell students that my goal is for them to "know why you think what you think." As much as possible, I try to embed study skills/organization skills into the different tasks we complete so they become more independent learners. This also helps students become more confident, which help with Social Emotional Learning. Although I am structured and organized, I also like to use humor and make our classroom a place in which students feel comfortable.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

English Department Head (1998-2009) Every Day Hero Award, 2012 This award is presented to individuals who have made a significant and positive contribution in enhancing the life of a student with special needs.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

After earning my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1990 from Bridgewater State College, I worked at Foxborough High School in Foxborough, MA, where I did my student teaching then worked as an instructional assistant in the Special Education Department. While doing so, I started graduate coursework in English at Bridgewater State College. From 1993-1994, I worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Academic Advising Center at Bridgewater State while completing my Master's.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I have been married for 23 years and have 2 sons, one a sophomore in college and one a sophomore in high school. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, listening to music, walking, cooking and spending time at Cape Cod. I have also spent the last 12 years helping to raise awareness about stomach cancer, something that has personally impacted my family. From 2009- 2015, I served on the Board of Directors of No Stomach For Cancer, a non-profit devoted to raising awareness about stomach cancer.

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