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This is a 30-question quiz designed to assess student comprehension of the main ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. It includes multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions. A key is included with the quiz. The
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You are a world-famous statistician. Today you have received an urgent order from the federal government asking you to create a detailed profile of what kind of person is most electable as president. Your profile must be based on data from all 44
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71 page unit plan — We are proud to release our unit on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to recognize the fifty year anniversary of his struggles for basic human rights in Birmingham, Alabama. His movement’s peaceful
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Two Thumbs Up--Five enjoyable activities that finally legitimize showing movies in the classroom—Vine Ripened Tomatoes The best sub lesson plans ever. Stand in line if you have to. These critical and engaging activities are worth the wait—Educators
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An estimated 300,000 marchers listened to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. But just how densely packed was the National Mall that day? In this assignment, students use a scaled drawing of the National Mall to
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Two thumbs up for this fun, educational lesson! For English and history teachers who want to use visual media to enhance their students’ understanding of Lincoln’s major speeches (ie The Gettysburg Address), the Civil War, or the passing of the
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A new test to address a new era in education! We created this 100-question final assessment on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to align with Common Core State Standards. The majority of the test is based on five close reading passages from the
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Poetry is the language of love, so what better way for English teachers to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with poetry? We have designed our “How Do I Love Thee?” Valentine’s Day activity not only to help students analyze poetry but also as a way to
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In this focusing activity for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, students will experiment with a fun and effective technological tool for conveying complex information: the infographic. Because of the infographic’s visual appeal,
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In 1943, Norman Rockwell painted each of the four freedoms that Franklin Delano Roosevelt named in his famous speech. Rockwell’s goal was to make the four freedoms meaningful and understandable for all Americans. In this motivational activity,
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79 page unit plan — Roosevelt’s address to Congress, otherwise known as the “Four Freedoms Speech,” is one of the defining speeches of our nation. In it he realized that America’s geographical isolationism was no longer possible. Nor was it smart.
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Whether the movie is an integral part of your curriculum or a lesson plan for your sub (so you can attend that important Common Core Seminar), our activity has you covered. It will push your students to think, and if they are like our students, they
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A new test to address a new era in education! We created this 100-question final assessment on The Hobbit to align with Common Core State Standards (which are assessed not only on the SBAC and PARCC tests but also on the new SAT). The test contains
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42 page unit plan — “As our case is new, we must think and act anew.” These famous words from Abraham Lincoln are guideposts for teachers who are seeking ways to adopt Common Core State Standards in their classrooms. Common Core is going to redefine
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What better way to really understand Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision than for students to “walk in his shoes” and create their own protest demonstration on an issue they feel passionate about. After studying Martin Luther King, Jr.’s views about
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Our Critical Discussion Activity teaches students the important rules and etiquette necessary for any group-based discussion. Aligned with Common Core Listening and Speaking Standards, students will learn how to conduct polite, critical,
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This is a 25-question quiz designed to assess student comprehension of the main ideas of George Washington’s Farewell Address. It includes multiple-choice, true/false, and matching type questions. A key is included with the quiz. This quiz is a
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In this activity students will enjoy role playing as one of the writers of “A Call for Unity,” a letter written by prominent Alabama clergymen that was the catalyst for Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Students will
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In Ken Burns’ famous documentary on the Civil War, Former Congressman James Symington states, “If I had my choice of all the moments to be present at in that war period, it would be at Gettysburg during Lincoln’s delivery of his speech . . . those
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61 page unit plan — Our unit on George Washington’s Farewell Address is designed for both English Language Arts and history teachers. It is a self-contained unit appropriate for comprehensive, charter, and home school instruction. Each lesson
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Janet has taught all levels of high school English, a seminar class for college-level English, creative writing, journalism, AP English, and AVID.


MY TEACHING STYLE

We prefer the role of teacher-coaches—creating activities that are student-centered. We like group settings where students use their unique talents and perspectives to interact with the material.


HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

  • Nevada County Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Masons Teaching Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for Teachers

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Janet graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor's Degree in English and French. She earned her Teaching Credential and Masters from Cal State Sacramento.

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