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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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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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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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Punxsutawney Phil is tired of the media circus that surrounds him every February 2nd. This year will be different: he’s already packed his bags, bought the plane ticket, and initiated “Operation Shadow”. Various animals end up filling in for Phil.
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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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Did Washington really have wooden teeth? Just how great of a general was he during the Revolutionary War? This motivational activity is designed to provide background facts to foster student interest before they read “Washington’s Farewell
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The generation of women who struggled to close the gender gap and open doors to future generations of young women won’t be around forever. They are our mothers, our grandmothers, and even if they never became famous for their efforts, their stories
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In this creative activity, students depict the message and tone of famous Martin Luther King Jr. quotes in visual format. The lesson provides a great way for both English and history teachers to inspire their students with some of MLK’s greatest
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Cupid has fallen behind at work. He has received an urgent order from the Mythical Love Department, demanding an increase in romance. Lucky for Cupid, many ancient gods are in the Mount Olympus garden. Students are given the coordinates of each
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Looking for something fun and educational for your students this Halloween? How about throwing a literary masquerade party where students design and create masks that represent their favorite characters? A great way to celebrate the joy of reading
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Why do we wear green on St Patrick’s Day? What other associations do we have with the color green? When writers use this color in their works, are they simply describing something or are they symbolizing some deeper idea? In this Common Core
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Sick of listening to weather predictions from groundhogs? As if global warming wasn’t enough, each year on February 2, those pesky groundhogs emerge from their holes and use their devious shadows to determine our future misery or joy. We at
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Mason the Leprechaun is tired of granting wishes and is looking to retire in Ireland. He needs his magical, bottomless pot o’gold to buy his dream home. Sadly, Mason can’t remember where the gold is! He thinks he buried his treasure at the end of a
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Before Daniel Day Lewis took on the role of one of our nation’s greatest presidents in the movie "Lincoln", he spent months researching Lincoln’s physical appearance, mannerisms, and personality characteristics, so he could “become” Lincoln. During
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Janet has taught all levels of high school English, a seminar class for college-level English, creative writing, journalism, AP English, and AVID.


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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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