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Resources--activities, quizzes, essay options, discussion questions, etc.--for Raisin in the Sun. As with all of my unit plans, I do not lay out for you specifically how to teach the unit step-by-step, though in this case a few of the documents
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Where to begin? There's 174 files in this zip! Everything you need is here. I use a persuasion unit to teaching various rhetorical and stylistic techniques, as well as more research practice, as I think working with nonfiction is often much more
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Here are my Great Gatsby files--almost all of them. In this zip containing 50+ documents, you'll find discussion and quiz questions for every chapter, activity plans, paper assignments, literary criticism, even artwork (for the El Greco reference in
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This .zip folder contains over 9 megs of handouts, assignments, quizzes, activities, literary criticism, et al. for George Orwell's 1984. As an added bonus, the file contains the list of great essay ideas for the novel that I'm currently selling
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This zip file contains over two dozen Word files with various resources for teaching Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. Inside you'll find the following: pre-reading activities, reciprocal teaching plans (i.e., student-led discussion), quizzes, assignments,
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80+ files, almost 2 megs of material! Inside this zip you'll find quizzes, discussion questions, activities, student-lead discussion assignments, a reader response/literary criticism essay assignment, tons of literary criticism, and weeks--and I
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11 pages of parallelism handouts, practice problems, sentence creating, quizzes and tests. There's a nice mix of multiple choice questions and interpretive questions, including a rhetorical analysis quiz that is a great reading strategies activity.
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Resources--activities, quizzes, essay options, discussion questions, etc.--for Frankenstein. As with all of my unit plans, I do not lay out for you specifically how to teach the unit step-by-step, though in this case a few of the documents do
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Resources--activities, quizzes, essay options, discussion questions, etc.--for Their Eyes Were Watching God. As with all of my unit plans, I do not lay out for you specifically how to teach the unit step-by-step, though in this case a few of the
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As part of an American Dream unit with my junior Am lit students, I have my classes investigate their own dreams and pursuits by researching a possible career they'd like to pursue as adults. It's a fun and informative project for them, and it
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Resources--activities, quizzes, essay options, discussion questions, etc.--The Great Gatsby As with all of my unit plans, I do not lay out for you specifically how to teach the unit step-by-step, though in this case a few of the documents do have
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Here's an original synthesis-style essay prompt that's perfect for AP Lang & Comp or a college Comp/Rhetoric class (where I use it). Can be used as a formal assessment tool, or as an informal introduction to synthesis thinking and writing--I
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Quizzes, assignments, activities and essay response options to Dr. King's famous argument. A great teaching resource for showing argumentation or how to write persuasively!
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To help my college students construct arguable, specific, and representative thesis statements, I use a series of templates to have them work through their ideas. Included in this word document are a template warm-up exercise, which helps students
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If you're planning on doing reading or literature circles with your class, the resources included herein may be helpful to you. I do not use the Harvey Daniels-minded set of tasks that many do, though I do assess a discussion leader for each
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Save yourself the time and trouble of developing a participation assessment device with this handy tool! I usually give the students a copy so they know what I'm looking for; when I factor in the grade, I just circle the criteria and give them back
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I spend about 3-5 days on Dickinson, much to my students' chagrin. But one of the ways we make it interesting is by dropping the veil, so to speak, and trying several different approaches to 'seeing' her, including formalist methods, gender
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What we've got here is perfect for your poetry unit needs: an essay assignment focusing on the skills of definition and analysis--three different response options, all asking for complex responses. The prompts are broad and not poem-specific; design
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This is an intriguing, intellectually stimulating synthesis prompt that can be easily adapted for the AP Language classroom. The topic/issue is on limiting/enabling choice, with several of the documents dealing with the "nudge" debate that popped up
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If you're teaching argumentation or expository composition, this is a great assignment that will yield complex thinking and writing. I ask my students, in pairs, to investigate a problem in the school or community; they then research it (causes,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught English at high schools in the Chicago suburbs and currently teach as an adjunct Comp/rhetoric instructor at area community colleges. I'm also currently a curriculum and assessment consultant and have worked with ACT, NAGB, McGraw Hill, MacNeil Lehrer Productions, Scott Foresman, and more.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My pedagogy is creative but learning-focused. I prize scalability and accessibility, and adapt my own lesson plans constantly; I never teach the same way--or same content--twice.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my Master's in Education from Northwestern University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Stay tuned: over the next several months I will be adding complete unit packages to my collection of material. These units will be organized and structured for immediate classroom use; you'll be able to enact my units with little prep work. The material is really excellent! Check out my Speak unit to get a sense of what's coming.