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TEACHING EXPERIENCE I have been teaching at a school for at-risk youth for the past six years. This school has students that range from 6th to 12th grade. During my time teaching, I have taught English for 6th thru 10th grades, and literature, journalism, poetry classes. I try to merge out of the box material with technology and both practical and nontraditional assessment.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE I have been teaching at a school for at-risk youth for the past six years. This school has students that range from 6th to 12th grade. During my time teaching, I have taught English for 6th thru 10th grades, and literature, journalism, poetry classes. I try to merge out of the box material with technology and both practical and nontraditional assessment.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Worksheets, Art Projects, & Assessment Unit
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Worksheets, Art Projects, & Assessment Unit

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The Graveyard Book is a children's fantasy novel by the English author Neil Gaiman, simultaneously published in Britain and America during 2008. The Graveyard Book traces the story of the boy Nobody "Bod" Owens who is adopted and raised by the supernatural occupants of a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered. Gaiman won both the British Carnegie Medal and the American Newbery Medal recognizing the year's best children's books, the first time both named the same work. The Graveyard Book also won the annual Hugo Award for Best Novel from the World Science Fiction Convention and Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book selected by Locus magazine subscribers. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for the book “The Graveyard Book” which many would consider a classic. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition through context clues, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. For this unit, students create a variety of wanted posters and advertisements. The materials provided 1 Pre-reading worksheet 17 Chapter worksheet (each covers about 30-45 minutes of reading) 5 Creative Art Sheet 1 Test Review 1 Test Review Bingo Game 1 Test
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Worksheets, Art Projects, & Assessment Unit
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Worksheets, Art Projects, & Assessment Unit

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The Graveyard Book is a children's fantasy novel by the English author Neil Gaiman, simultaneously published in Britain and America during 2008. The Graveyard Book traces the story of the boy Nobody "Bod" Owens who is adopted and raised by the supernatural occupants of a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered. Gaiman won both the British Carnegie Medal and the American Newbery Medal recognizing the year's best children's books, the first time both named the same work. The Graveyard Book also won the annual Hugo Award for Best Novel from the World Science Fiction Convention and Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book selected by Locus magazine subscribers. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for the book “The Graveyard Book” which many would consider a classic. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition through context clues, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. For this unit, students create a variety of wanted posters and advertisements. The materials provided 1 Pre-reading worksheet 17 Chapter worksheet (each covers about 30-45 minutes of reading) 5 Creative Art Sheet 1 Test Review 1 Test Review Bingo Game 1 Test
Everything's Eventual by Stephen King Assignment
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Everything's Eventual by Stephen King Assignment

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Everything's Eventual by Stephen King Assignment “Everything's Eventual" is a novella written by Stephen King. It was originally published in the October/November 1997 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. In 2000, it was included in the game Stephen King's F13. In 2002, it was included in King's collection of the same name. The story is told in first person perspective by a 19-year-old high-school dropout, Richard "Dinky" Earnshaw. Dinky fatuously explains that he's got a good job now. He used to be a clerk at the "Supr Savr," where he worked with morons and was relentlessly bullied by an aggressive dimwit named Skipper. But now Skipper's dead and Dinky's got a new job, where the main perks are that he gets his own house and his own car and virtually anything he asks for, including CDs that have not been released yet. He also gets a small wad of cash each week, provided he doesn't look for the people who drop it through his mail slot, and that he remembers to destroy or throw away any money left over at the end of the week. He gets rid of his excess change by dropping it down the gutter by his house, and he puts his bills in the garbage disposal, each week. As it turns out, Dinky has a certain gift. He has the ability to mentally influence people by drawing complicated designs or pictures, in a way that he does not completely understand. Dinky is discovered by a man named Mr. Sharpton, who claims to work for Trans Corporation, an organization that searches across the world for people with such talents. Dinky is recruited to kill very specific targets by e-mailing them these designs that he creates on an Apple computer. He is, in return, given a life that seems ideal, complete with a house and other benefits. Mr. Sharpton tells Dinky that the people he is ordered to kill are wicked, horrible criminals, and that the world is better off without them.(Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
Head Down by Stephen King Assignment
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Head Down by Stephen King Assignment

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Head Down by Stephen King Assignment "Head Down” is an essay written by author Stephen King for the 1993 short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. The essay chronicles the 1989 season for his son Owen's Little League baseball team, Bangor West.[2] He takes the reader through the ups and downs of the season, giving details of every game, as well as practice sessions and time on the road while focusing on the reactions of the players and the coaches. This builds to the team winning a hard-fought victory in the final game of the tournament to become the Maine State Champions. The team then goes forward to the Eastern Regional Tournament, only to be beaten in the second round. However, the story ends on a high note as the team coach, Dave Mansfield, is honored as amateur coach of the year by the United States Baseball Federation. The team also featured eventual Major League pitcher Matt Kinney. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for an essay. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the essay and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King Unit/Novel Study Assessments
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Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King Unit/Novel Study Assessments

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Nightmares & Dreamscapes is a short story collection by Stephen King published in 1993. (Wikipedia) Works Included: "Dolan's Cadillac" "The End of the Whole Mess" "Suffer the Little Children" "The Night Flier" "Popsy" "It Grows on You" "Chattery Teeth" "Dedication" "The Moving Finger" "Sneakers" "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" "Home Delivery" "Rainy Season" "My Pretty Pony" "Sorry, Right Number" "The Ten O'Clock People" "Crouch End" "The House on Maple Street" "The Fifth Quarter" "The Doctor's Case" "Umney's Last Case" "Head Down" "Brooklyn August" "The Beggar and the Diamond" This is teaching materials for short stories that might be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the stories and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the stories. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. It should be noted that the each story’s assessment is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store individually. So if you think you only need an assessment for one, which is the cheaper route. However here they are collected at almost a 50% discount. The materials provided 24 Short story worksheets 24 Short story Creative Art Sheet Answer Keys
Summer Thunder by Stephen King Assignment
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Summer Thunder by Stephen King Assignment

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“Summer Thunder” is a short story by Stephen King first published in his 2015 story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The world is in a nuclear war, and most of the population has been wiped out. The main character in the story is Peter Robinson, a man in his late forties, whose wife and daughter was in Boston when everyone was suddenly killed. Robinson also finds a stray dog, whom he names Gandalf, and his bonding with the dog helps him cope with the death of his family. Bit by bit, it's revealed that Robinson has but one neighbor left, an old man called Timlin, who lives in a luxurious cottage called Veronica and who Robinson befriends over the course of time. The story narrates Robinson's emotions and musings, and the advice given to him by Timlin. Timlin has much more knowledge about the radiation crisis than Robinson and tells him how those who did survive will slowly die of radiation poisoning. He is proven right when Gandalf's health rapidly deteriorates. Robinson later finds Timlin with a gun on his table. Timlin says he is dying because of all the radiation, but he doesn't want his death to come slowly and painfully, and hence has decided to shoot himself with the gun. He also gives Robinson a hypodermic needle and advises him to put Gandalf out of his misery and not let him suffer. Timlin later kills himself and Robinson, taking the advice of Timlin, injects Gandalf with the needle. Robinson himself starts showing symptoms of dying the very next day, and he too decides to die, but in a much more spectacular fashion. He takes his favorite motorcycle, a Fat Bob (whose sound is described as being like summer thunder) and speeds toward a road sign. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the form of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French by Stephen King Assignment
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That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French by Stephen King Assignment

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“That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French" is a short story by Stephen King, it was collected in written form as a story in King's 2002 collection Everything's Eventual. As the story progresses, the woman begins to remember skeletons from the closet, starting as financially strapped newlyweds who went on to greater things with her husband's eventual success in the computer industry. It is implied, though never explicitly revealed, that the man and woman have been killed in a mid-air plane collision, and are suffering eternal torment. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
Cookie Jar by Stephen King Assignment
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Cookie Jar by Stephen King Assignment

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“Cookie Jar” is a short story by Stephen King first published in his 2015 story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Barrett (Rhett) Alderson’s thirteen-year-old great-grandson, Dale, has come to visit him at the Good Life Retirement Home where Rhett lives to interview him for a school project. Instead of telling Dale what life was like when Rhett was thirteen—the topic for the interview—Rhett tells him about his mother who had committed suicide after suffering from mental illness for many years when he was eleven and her cookie jar which he inherited. After her death, Rhett and his brother Jack discover it is no ordinary cookie jar. (StephenKing.com) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the form of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
Umney's Last Case by Stephen King Assignment
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Umney's Last Case by Stephen King Assignment

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"Umney's Last Case” is a short story written by author Stephen King for the 1993 short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. The story begins as a Raymond Chandler pastiche, and follows a private investigator named Clyde Umney as he goes about what he thinks is just another morning in 1930s Los Angeles. He soon discovers that his life as he knows it is falling apart. All of his lifelong friends and associates are abruptly departing in one fashion or other, for reasons ranging from winning the lottery to terminal cancer, and many of them express disdain towards Umney in place of farewells. He is brooding alone in his office when he receives his final client: Landry, the crime-fiction author who created him. Having suffered the loss of his wife and child as well as a severe case of shingles, Landry took an overdose of medication and found himself in the world of his creation. He demonstrates that his will is law in this world, and explains to a helpless Umney that he intends to take Umney's place to live a life of eternal adventure and excitement. Umney is cast into oblivion—or so it seems. Instead, Umney finds himself in the year 1994, occupying the vacated body of his creator. Although he realizes his previous existence was a sham, he also despises the ugly, bland, and generally inadequate nature of the "real" world. He announces that he has begun to practice the craft of writing so that he might return to his fictional home in order to take back his world and his life, and end Landry's. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
The Doctor’s Case by Stephen King Assignment
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The Doctor’s Case by Stephen King Assignment

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"The Doctor’s Case” is a short story written by author Stephen King for the 1993 short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. This story is King's foray into Sherlockiana, a non-canonical Sherlock Holmes story, using Arthur Conan Doyle's characters. Like his story Crouch End, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, The Doctor's Case is an example of a pastiche. Dr. Watson narrates a heretofore unreleased case in which he and Holmes are called by Inspector Lestrade on an unexpectedly rainy day to investigate the murder of the sadistic Lord Hull. Each member of Hull's family - his wife and three sons - has reason to murder him; his wife and bowlegged son suffered from constant abuse, while another son was doomed to never receive more than a pittance, due to his placement in the family line. Furthermore, Hull's family endured his treatment in the hopes that he would leave them with his considerable wealth; however, they had recently learned that Hull had rewritten his will so that none of them received a thing. Despite these motives, the family have effectively given each other alibis and the murder itself is effectively a locked room mystery; there's no place in Hull's study for anyone to hide without being seen, and all the doors and windows were locked by the lord himself. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
The Fifth Quarter by Stephen King Assignment
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The Fifth Quarter by Stephen King Assignment

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“The Fifth Quarter” is a short story written by author Stephen King for the 1993 short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. The story follows Jerry Tarkanian, a criminal looking to avenge the death of his friend Barney, who died at the hands of his own accomplices after taking part in an armored car heist. Unknown to them, Barney managed to get to Tarkanian before he died and told him of the heist and of a map divided amongst his killers that reveal the location of the stolen money. At the start of the story, Tarkanian has tracked down two of the men, Keenan and Sarge, who are about to make a deal between themselves. He manages to hold them at gunpoint and forces them to give him their pieces of the map. However, things go wrong when a third man, Jagger, appears during the confrontation and attacks them both. In the firefight that follows, Sarge is killed but contributes to Jagger's downfall when his body obstructs Jagger's path; this gives Tarkanian the advantage necessary to kill Jagger. Despite not having Jagger's part of the map, Tarkanian knows enough to recover the money. The story ends as Tarkanian leaves the scene. Tarkanian knows that his debt to his friend has been paid and he himself now has a lot to be grateful for. This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
The Reach by Stephen King Assignment
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The Reach by Stephen King Assignment

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"The Reach" is a short horror story by American author Stephen King. It was collected in King's 1985 collection called Skeleton Crew Stella Flanders, the oldest resident of Goat Island, has just celebrated her 95th birthday. She has never crossed the reach, the body of water that separates the Island from the mainland, in her entire life. She tells her great-grandchildren when they ask, "I never saw any reason to go." Stella comes to the realization that the cancer that she's known she has, and kept to herself, is in its final stages when she starts seeing the deceased residents of Goat Island. Her visions start with her dead husband inviting her to "come across to the mainland." As her impending death draws near, Stella encounters more apparitions of the dead of Goat Island, and she makes peace with the knowledge that it is her time to go. Dressed in her warmest clothes, plus her son's long johns and hat, Stella heads across the frozen reach toward the mainland. As she starts her trek, it starts to snow - the blowing wind, along with the snow, makes it difficult for her to find her way and she becomes afraid of being lost in the storm. Along her walk, she meets up with the woman who was her best friend, Annabelle, as well as several others. When the wind whips the hat off of her head, her dead husband, Bill, is there and gives her his hat. She is surrounded by her friends and family and they sing to her as she crosses over from this life. Stella Flanders is found, dead, sitting up right on a rock on the mainland. Her son, Alden, recognizes his father's hat. He comes to believe that the dead sing and that they love those still living. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell Informational Reading Assignment
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What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell Informational Reading Assignment

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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures is the fourth book released by author Malcolm Gladwell, on October 20, 2009. The book is a compilation of the journalist's articles published in The New Yorker. What the Dog Saw: Cesar Millan and the Movements of Mastery Cesar Millan is a short man in his mid-thirties, who crawled across the border from Mexico in his teens. He rarely gets excited. As a boy, he learned about dogs from living on his grandfather’s farm in Sinaloa. He was called el Perrero, “the dog boy”, studying dogs until he could put himself inside their minds. He now runs the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles. This is teaching materials for a New Yorker article. The vocabulary, questions and research for this article are mostly related to Cesar Millan and the training of dogs. Before the reading or the assessment, there is a pre-reading sheet that asks students for prior knowledge, opinions, and prediction on the subject, along with vocabulary acquisition (words that need to be introduced to better understand the information) and priming the reader in order to get them to think about the subject. The post reading assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The student will also need to use the internet to complete some simple research to answer The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the article and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of details, person or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the article. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. While these articles are part of Gladwell’s book “What the Dog Saw” they were all previously publish and are available free for download on the author's website and from the New Yorker, as this is the case I am including the article. The materials provided 1 Informational article 1 Post reading informational article worksheet 1 Pre-reading informational article worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
What the Dog Saw Part One by Malcolm Gladwell Informational Reading Assignments
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What the Dog Saw Part One by Malcolm Gladwell Informational Reading Assignments

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What the Dog Saw Part One: Obsessives, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius by Malcolm Gladwell Informational Reading Assignments. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures is the fourth book released by author Malcolm Gladwell, on October 20, 2009. The book is a compilation of the journalist's articles published in The New Yorker. Part One: Obsessives, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius is a series of 6 articles that each addresses a different question or issue. Gladwell answers all these questions and more! The New Yorker articles covered in this part of the book are: The Pitchman The Ketchup Conundrum Blowing Up True Colors John Rock’s Error What The Dog Saw Before the reading or the assessments, there are a pre-reading sheets that ask students for prior knowledge, opinions, and prediction on the subject, along with vocabulary acquisition (words that need to be introduced to better understand the information) and priming the reader in order to get them to think about the subjects. The post reading assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet for each article. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. The student will also need to use the internet to complete some simple research to answer. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessments are creative art sheets. Each creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the articles and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of details, person or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the article. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. While these articles are part of Gladwell’s book “What the Dog Saw” they were all previously publish and are available free for download on the author's website and from the New Yorker. The materials provided 6 Informational article 6 Post reading informational article worksheet 6 Pre-reading informational article worksheet 6 Creative Answer Keys
The Beggar and the Diamond by Stephen King Assignment
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The Beggar and the Diamond by Stephen King Assignment

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The Beggar and the Diamond is a re-telling of a Hindu parable written by Stephen King which was published as part of his 1993 short story collection, Nightmares & Dreamscapes. It begins with an author's note explaining that the origin of the story and that in the original Hindu version of the story, God is Shiva and the archangel is his wife, Parvati. It is not listed in the contents of Nightmares & Dreamscapes. It tells the tale of an old beggar named Ramu who has had a miserable life. One day Ramu is walking along thinking about his unhappy existence and feeling angry at God. God, at the request of an archangel who felt pity for the beggar, drops a massive diamond on his path in plain sight. The diamond is worth so much that it would feed him and all his descendents for several generations. On the ground, Ramu has decided after some pondering that he should not be angry about his life or blame God because he still has a few things to be grateful for, such as retaining his sight at such an old age. To illustrate to himself how much worse life could be if he were blind, he decides to close his eyes as he walks. Ironically, he does not see the diamond because of this and merrily walks past it, missing it by just inches. God takes back the diamond and puts an ironwood branch further up the path. Back in heaven, God says, "The only difference is that Ramu shall find the branch. It shall serve him as a walking stick until the last of his days." The archangel asks God, "Have you just taught me a lesson, God?" God answers, "I don't know. Have I?" (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered a traditional Indian folktale. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
Tommy by Stephen King Assignment
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Tommy by Stephen King Assignment

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"Tommy" is a narrative poem by the American author Stephen King. It was collected in King's short fiction collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in 2015. The poem is free verse and steeped in the slang and cultural references of the 1960s, a decade which encompassed all of King's teenage years. It describes the unique burial of the titular young man, a hippie who died of leukaemia, and the subsequent lives of his closest friends. The poem's themes, of the inevitable effects of age and mortality, make it something of a memento mori. The aforementioned introduction's suggestion, that Tommy is based on a real person, place it in the confessional genre of poetry. (Although, in the intro to Bazaar's following story, "The Little Green God of Agony", King states that he is not in the business of confessional fiction.) (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a poem that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the poem and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the poem. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Poetry worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
Brooklyn August by Stephen King Assignment
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Brooklyn August by Stephen King Assignment

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Brooklyn August is a poem by Stephen King that first appeared in 1971 in Io magazine and was later collected in King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes in 1993. It also pairs with another story in that collection, "Head Down." The poem is reflective in tone, a nostalgic look back at what many consider to be the glory days of baseball as America's national pastime, focusing on the heyday of the Los Angeles Dodgers in their days as the Brooklyn Dodgers under the management of Walter Alston. The poems title reflects the tone of the poem, as it describes the team's 1956 heyday at their Ebbets Field ground, now long since demolished. The poem mentions many of the players associated with the club, celebrating their accomplishments and ends on a wistful note, that the writer can still see it if he closes his eyes, again bringing in the main theme of the poem, of a golden age past. (Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a poem that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the poem and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the poem. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Poetry worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key
Symbolism Book Project and Paper Outline
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Symbolism Book Project and Paper Outline

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Symbolism Book Project and Paper Outline The assessment for any book or novel asks students to create a Ukrainian Easter egg or Pysanka which is an egg covered in wax and dyed. The dye and wax make pictures or designs on the egg. Of course, the egg could just be drawn on also. But making a Pysanka is a great experience for students. Students are expected to make pictures and colors that symbolize different events, characters, and themes in the story. Along with their egg, they are required to write a short paper explaining how their choices represent the story. This project and paper will take between 3 to 6 days depending on how much time you plan to dye and write. At the end of the project, students will give a short presentation, presenting their eggs and the symbolism. I work exclusively with at-risk students, this means they are usually working well below grade level. I created this “outline” to help students who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the writing process, however, works well as a starter or first draft for any writer. The “outline” walks the student through the essay paragraph by paragraph and sentence by sentence. The outline explain what to write with a prompt and provides an example sentence Example: Why did you choose those colors and how do they represent the story/characters. Example: On the bottom of the egg, I used blue and green to represent Earth and the people on it. At the top of the egg, I colored it in orange/red that symbolizes the alien homeworld and the buggers. The space in between the two is black, representing not only space but the distance between the two species. ___________________________________________________________________ If completed properly, the student has a first draft that they can type up and start peer editing or a second draft. There are a grading rubric and formatting requirements that not only make the paper more formal but require many different settings be changed in order to familiarize the student with a word processor program. This also includes 3 formal lesson plans for the project they are written to 9th/10th common core but can be easily adapted for use in other grades.
Video Game Revolution Documentary Notes
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Video Game Revolution Documentary Notes

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From Fad to Phenomenon This is the story of how a whimsical invention of the 1960s helped spawn the computer industry as we know it. Video games have influenced the way children live and play, forever altered the entertainment industry, and even affected the way wars are fought. See how it all began and find out what it means for the future. (PBS) These are notes for a documentary that can be used to start a unit on argumentative or informative essays. They are fill-in the blank, in order, and ensure that students will be held accountable for new information by filling out these guided notes. After viewing, students will be asked to do some short writing explaining their view and ideas about games with three short answer questions. The documentary is available on youtube.
Riding the Bullet by Stephen King Assignment
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Riding the Bullet by Stephen King Assignment

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“Riding the Bullet” is a novella by Stephen King. This work marks King's debut on the Internet. Simon & Schuster, with technology by SoftLock, first published Riding the Bullet in 2000 as the world's first mass-market e-book, available for download at $2.50. That year, the novella was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction and the International Horror Guild Award for Best Long Form. In 2002, the novella was included in King's collection Everything's Eventual. Alan Parker is a student at the University of Maine who is trying to find himself. He gets a call from a neighbor in his hometown, Lewiston, Maine, telling him that his mother has been taken to the hospital after having a stroke. Lacking a functioning car, Parker decides to hitchhike the 120 miles (200 km) south to visit his mother. His first ride is with an old man who continually tugs at his crotch in a car that stinks of urine. Eventually frightened and glad to escape the vehicle, Alan starts walking, thumbing his next ride. Coming upon a graveyard, he begins to explore it and notices a headstone for a stranger named George Staub (in German, Staub means dust), which reads: "Well Begun, Too Soon Done." Sure enough, the next car to pick him up is George Staub, complete with black stitches around his neck where his head had been sewn on after being severed and wearing a button saying, "I rode The Bullet at Thrill Village, Laconia." During the ride, George talks to Alan about the amusement park ride he was too scared to ride as a kid: The Bullet in Thrill Village, Laconia, New Hampshire. George tells Alan that before they reach the lights of town, Alan must choose who goes on the death ride with George: Alan or his mother. In a moment of fright, Alan saves himself and tells him: "Take her. Take my Mother."(Wikipedia) This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. The materials provided 1 Short story worksheet 1 Creative Art Sheet 1 Answer Key