Valerie Kittell

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Valerie Kittell
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"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx".
 
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This is one of the most engaging activities I've done with kids. The first part is direct instruction on the definition and types of symbolism, and includes a quick activator involving signs and symbols as well as a link to a video accessed through
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"There's nothing else to say!" One of the most difficult aspects of teaching students expository and essay writing is that they don't understand how to write "more." How they write more is through elaboration. This lesson can be done all at once or
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This packet contains information on essay/expository writing including the hook, thesis, persuasive techniques (appeals to logos, pathos, and ethos), rhetorical devices, refutation, and the clincher. The space for students to write in examples is
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This PowerPoint presentation and reading activity introduces students to imagery, metaphor, and simile. Through some direct instruction, examples, and partner-reading, students will be able to define and identify imagery and which of the five senses
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This PowerPoint presentation gives students direct instruction and links to a game (match the setting to the story) and an example of a setting analysis (Harry Potter)-- both links bring up Smartboard notebooks. Instruction includes definition and
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This ppt provides direct instruction and opportunity for discussion regarding essay / expository organization. It also provides 7 types of intros/hooks with examples. Slide 14 references the Persuasion Packet, provided separately. This slide can be
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This packet contains information on essay/expository writing including the hook, thesis, persuasive techniques (appeals to logos, pathos, and ethos), rhetorical devices, refutation, and the clincher. Space for students to write in examples. A
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Ten years teaching middle school writing and literature.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Combination to reach all learning styles-- discovery, hands-on, mixed-media, question, direct instruction, differentiation.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

The highest honors for me are when a student becomes genuinely interested in what we're doing, extending it beyond the classroom, and showing me something new and exciting.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in Anthropology; secondary teaching certificate in English; SEI certification; M.A. in Library and Information Sciences

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Left the classroom to earn my Master's Degree in Library and Information Sciences; now help others find & use information they need (http://www.kittellresearch.com/).

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