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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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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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A new test to address a new era in education! We created this 100-question final assessment on Macbeth 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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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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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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A new test to address a new era in education! We created this 100-question final assessment on Romeo and Juliet 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
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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.

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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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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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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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The purpose of Roosevelt’s Annual Address to Congress (the “Four Freedoms Speech”) is to appropriate more money for defense spending. He states that America’s “immediate need is a swift and driving increase in our armament production.” He mentions
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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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This vocabulary guide is a student-friendly dictionary designed to help ELA and history classes tackle the challenging vocabulary in George Washington’s Farewell Address. It includes definitions for almost 250 words and two lessons aligned with the
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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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