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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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This lesson includes a variety of fun, effective activities developed to help students learn and retain the meanings of difficult vocabulary words in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The lesson includes a dictionary of the
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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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This is a 25-question quiz designed to assess student comprehension of the main ideas of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. It includes multiple-choice and true/false questions. A key is included with the quiz.

 This quiz is a
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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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A creative activity to help students review the key ideas of George Washington’s Farewell Address. Can also be used as an assessment. The lesson is aligned to ELA Common Core Standards and is also suitable for U.S. History classes. It includes a
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253 pages — Ready to teach Common Core nonfiction by studying primary documents written by famous Americans? Want to reinforce those standards you currently teach with motivational lessons that show your students how to think critically? The Common
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A great way to engage kinesthetic learners in reading nonfiction by having them get out of their desks and act out portions of what they have read. In this student-directed activity, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding
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One of the main barriers to a close reading of nonfiction texts is vocabulary. In this motivational lesson, students complete two high-interest activities to familiarize themselves with the more difficult words in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four
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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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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.


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

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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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