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I've been trying to get my students to "think about the work as a whole," which is a buzz phrase in AP Literature. The dialectical journals force them to think about a literary technique and how the device could advance the theme of the novel.
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Homework
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.10
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I love doing these with my students. Once they are comfortable with the format (and classroom discipline), I sit outside the circle so they are truly talking to each other, not to me. Because they must use textual evidence, this forces students
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.10
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By Words with Friends
This bundle contains reading check quizzes, a handout for dialectical journals, a handout for a Socratic Seminar, a project, and non-fiction articles and a poem that relate to themes of the novel.
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.6, RL.9-10.10, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.7
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By Words with Friends
Because my students read this novel almost completely out of class, my quizzes are simple reading check quizzes. My objective is to make sure they are keeping up, and if they're not, to get them back on track. I teach 3 sections, so most of the
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1
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By Words with Friends
I love teaching this lesson! I taught most of it on a block day, but it could be stretched to 2-3 days. This lesson focuses on a passage from The Kite Runner that begins on page 240. I incorporated a poem and a painting to get kids thinking
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.7, RL.9-10.10
$5.00
1 rating
3.4
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By Words with Friends
Over the years, I've found that Socratic Seminars can spin off on tangents if you don't ask the students to back up their points of view with textual evidence. This handout forces them to think deeply about these discussion questions AND defend
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Words with Friends
Because poetry is so tough for my students and because it always ends up on the end-of-course exam, I try to weave in poetry lessons throughout the year. I've found it works best if the poems share themes with our anchor texts. This can be split
Subjects:
Reading, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
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By Words with Friends
In this one-hour lesson, students are asked to look critically at a poem that explores the complex relationship between fathers and sons. Ultimately, I tie this in with The Kite Runner and the relationship between Amir and Baba. This lesson can be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Novel Study
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By Words with Friends
Because my students read this novel almost completely outside of class, my quizzes are simple reading check quizzes. My objective is to make sure they are keeping up, and if they're not, to get them back on track. I teach 3 sections, so most of the
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1
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By Words with Friends
Because my students read this novel almost completely out of class, my quizzes are simple reading check quizzes. My objective is to make sure they are keeping up, and if they're not, to get them back on track. I teach 3 sections, so most of the
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
$3.00
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By Words with Friends
Because my students read this novel almost completely out of class, my quizzes are simple reading check quizzes. My objective is to make sure they are keeping up, and if they're not, to get them back on track. I teach 3 sections, so most of the
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1
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By Words with Friends
Because poetry is so tough for my students and because it always ends up on the end-of-course exam, I try to weave in poetry lessons throughout the year. I've found it works best if the poems share themes with our anchor texts. This can be split
Subjects:
Reading, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5
$2.50
1 rating
3.8
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By Words with Friends
Because my students read this novel almost completely out of class, my quizzes are simple reading check quizzes. My objective is to make sure they are keeping up, and if they're not, to get them back on track. I teach 3 sections, so most of the
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
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By Words with Friends
My students always struggle with theme. I made this graphic organizer so that they can track different motifs as we read The Tragedy of Macbeth. After we finish, I ask them to review the motifs and textual evidence and write a theme for the play. I
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
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By Words with Friends
Because my students read this novel almost completely out of class, my quizzes are simple reading check quizzes. My objective is to make sure they are keeping up, and if they're not, to get them back on track. I teach 3 sections, so most of the
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
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By Words with Friends
This bundle includes lessons, poetry, artwork, reading check quizzes, a Socratic Seminar handout, a dialectical journal handout, and a project (PBL). A note on the reading check quizzes: The highlighted questions are questions that are answered by
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.7, RL.9-10.10
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By Words with Friends
This is a great activity to do after Act II when the students are familiar with most of the characters. It's fun to hypothesize what Lady Macbeth would do at a concert, for example, but it also leads students to think deeply about the traits of the
Subjects:
Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
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By Words with Friends
These lessons have revolutionized how I teach grammar and writing! They come from a workshop I attended at NCTE, led by Dr. Lisa Waner. I have created 6 assignments in this file, all with questions that relate back to Macbeth. Essentially, students
Subjects:
Grammar, Spelling, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Homework
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5
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By Words with Friends
This bundle includes six Perfect Paragraphs, a Socratic Seminar handout, a character questionnaire, three poetry pairing handouts, and a tracking motif handout. Enjoy!
Subjects:
Grammar, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.4
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By Words with Friends
To get kids to think about the relevance of poetry, I use the TPCASTT method for bellringer activities and tie the poems into the literature we study. "Roll Away Your Stone," by Mumford and Sons, is a great example of how pop culture relates to
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Songs, Minilessons
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.7
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught English for 13 years, and in the last six years, I have developed and taught a Creative Writing course at a high school in Louisiana. I love my job!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I integrate activities that get kids to move, think, and make connections to their own lives.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

DTHS Teacher of the Year 2015-2016

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Miami University, B.S. 2002 Louisiana State University, M.A. 2006

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My favorite months of the year are June and July!

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