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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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