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By VanFam Group
The Mason Jar activity has been a staple in my introduction to literature dual credit course for over 20 years, and I wrote a chapter about it in my book. This resource details how you can use the extended metaphor of a mason jar as an influence of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, End of Year, Social Emotional Learning
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5
$3.00
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By VanFam Group
Simplicity meets deep thinking with this resource. I've used this paragraph format with all middle school and high school grades, and it has become the foundation of how we teach paragraphing in our department. This product shows the basic parts
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Rubrics, Lesson
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.9
$5.00
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By VanFam Group
Students feel a loss for a loved person who has passed away, moved, or grown apart from them. However, young people can also feel intense loss with the passing of a pet or a time period as well. When students realize that a certain year of school is
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Arts, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Rubrics, Lesson
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$5.00
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By VanFam Group
My "Last Lecture Unit" is valuable because the reading of the autobiography is paired with classic short stories and poems to elevate the level of difficulty and ability for students to create a higher-level presentation and formal papers. Randy
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Rubrics, Lesson
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$13.00
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By VanFam Group
The final paper for The Last Lecture Unit is a comparative analysis. Students will select one of the short stories or poems covered in the unit to use as a lens to create complexity and develop a thesis. This product is the assignment sheet and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$4.00
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By VanFam Group
Based in true Pausch fashion, the beginning assignment of the unit puts students in groups to select a subject that needs clarifying before moving deeper into his lecture. The product is a formal presentation. The head fake here is that students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$4.00
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By VanFam Group
My "Last Lecture Unit" is valuable because the reading of the autobiography is paired with classic short stories and poems to elevate the level of difficulty and ability for students to create a higher-level presentation and formal papers. Randy
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Syllabi, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$5.00
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By VanFam Group
Young adults are constantly faced with major decisions in their lives. This activity will help them move through the decision process and make informed choices.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, School Counseling, Problem Solving
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6
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By VanFam Group
This guided peer review asks students to review a peer's work in a very specific manner. Students often have trouble with peer review because they do not know how to assess writing. This review worksheet asks pointed questions and helps readers see
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.2d, W.9-10.3c, W.9-10.5
$3.00
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Google Docs™
By VanFam Group
This document can be used interactively through a projection system or in print format. On this document, you will find two introductory paragraph samples. Each is written poorly and then improved to show an exemplar for the students. Furthermore,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Handouts, Interactive Whiteboard, Printables
CCSS:
W.9-10.1a, W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.2a, W.9-10.2d, W.9-10.2e, W.9-10.3a, W.9-10.3d, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.6
$2.00
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Google Docs™
By VanFam Group
The rubric follows the outline presented in both documents 3 and 4 of this mythology essay unit. The rubric follows the outline to give students specific feedback on exact spots of the essay where they can improve or where they showed much skill.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.9-10.1a, W.9-10.1b, W.9-10.1c, W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.1e, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.2a, W.9-10.2b, W.9-10.2c, W.9-10.2d, W.9-10.2e...
$3.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By VanFam Group
This document follows the essay outline format exactly as shown in the 3 Basic Outline document; however, this printable page provides the students with space to write their own outlines. Students will be assured that they are following the correct
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.1e, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.2a, W.9-10.2b, W.9-10.2e, W.9-10.2f, W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3a, W.9-10.3e, W.9-10.4...
$3.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By VanFam Group
This handout is the overview of the essay's outline.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Handouts, Outlines, Printables
CCSS:
W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.2e, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.6
$2.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By VanFam Group
This work page allows students to collect information from their notes and organize it according to essay requirements.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
W.9-10.2, W.9-10.2a, W.9-10.2b, W.9-10.2d, W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3a, W.9-10.3b, W.9-10.3c, W.9-10.3d, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5...
$3.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By VanFam Group
The students need to have one of these pages filled out for each resource used. For this basic research essay, three to four resources can offer information with students using only two to three of them. This Source Notes page forces students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
W.9-10.2d, W.9-10.6, W.9-10.7, W.9-10.8, W.9-10.9, CCRA.L.4
$2.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By VanFam Group
This essay instruction is for the culminating paper of a mythology unit. Each student chooses a different god/goddess to research, and then the essay comes from the research. The documents are numbered and will take students through each step of the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Unit Plans, Lesson
CCSS:
W.9-10.1c, W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.2a, W.9-10.2b, W.9-10.2c, W.9-10.2d, W.9-10.2e, W.9-10.2f, W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3c...
$3.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

In 1990, I stepped into my first teaching position in English/Language Arts. I have been employed by three corporations, but in 1999, I found my home in my current school. I have taught all middle school and high school grade levels as well as dual credit courses through Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College. 2007 brought a new adventure to my career as I accepted the position of corporation librarian where I work with all subject areas and grade levels to develop curriculum and reference materials. I've been blessed over the past few years to be back in my own dual credit classroom where I am again teaching college composition and literature as well as continuing as the corporation librarian for three libraries in two buildings.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I build a community in my classroom, and my delivery is very motherly. My students know that I will tell them the truth even if they do not want to hear it. I expect them to elevate their efforts, skills, and identities as we move through challenging coursework. Everyone in my room has a voice, and all of my students join me in conversations about effective communication and how to improve their reading, writing, and speaking. My curriculum is sequential because I believe in the process of introducing materials for the first time in step-by-step increments. Then, I build on previous lessons throughout the semester, culminating in major research projects where they must use all of the skills to be successful.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Author Academy Elite, Selected as member and author, January 2019 *Most Influential Educator, Awarded by Independent Colleges of Indiana, November 2017

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

*Indiana University / Bloomington, Adjunct Instructor, 1999-present *Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana / Bloomington, Adjunct Instructor, 2019-present *Indiana University, Masters of Library Sciences, honor graduate, 1996 *Indiana State University, BS in English,1990 *Bloomfield High School, 1986

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I married my high school sweetheart in 1990, and our twins were born seven years later. We love spending time with family, traveling, and spoiling our Boxer pups.

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