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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 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
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.
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
In the Deathroom by Stephen King Assignment
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In the Deathroom by Stephen King Assignment

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“In the Deathroom " is a short story by Stephen King, it was collected in written form as a story in King's 2002 collection Everything's Eventual. Fletcher, a former reporter from The New York Times, has been captured by members of a South American dictatorship. The story begins as he is brought into the titular "deathroom" for interrogation about an allegedly communist insurgency, which he has been supporting due to the government's killing of a group of nuns which included his sister. Fletcher realizes that his captors, despite their promises to the contrary, will not let him leave the room alive. During the course of his interrogation, Fletcher manages to keep calm, and hatches a desperate plan to escape, which, to his surprise, actually works. He fakes an epileptic seizure, and in the captors' struggle to save him, steals a gun. After killing three of his captors and maiming one, he escapes the deathroom. Fletcher, having no way of knowing if the gunfire was heard, starts up the stairs to see if he can escape. The story ends with a man, almost certainly Fletcher, buying a pack of cigarettes at a newsstand kiosk in New York. (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 Little Green God of Agony by Stephen King Assignment
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The Little Green God of Agony by Stephen King Assignment

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“The Little Green God of Agony” is a short story by Stephen King first published in his 2015 story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Andrew Newsome, the sixth richest man in the world, has been confined to his bed since he got into an airplane crash that only he survived, now 2 years ago. According to the many doctors he already visited, he should have recovered enough by now to start walking again, yet he is still in too much agony for that. Katherine Macdonald, a nurse hired by Newsome to be his private caretaker, has so far kept her quiet about his lack of recovery, but deep down she thinks her employer is just too weak willed to handle the pain that comes with making a full recovery, and always tries to look for shortcuts. When one day Newsome turns to an old reverend named Rideout (who according to Newsome’s researches has healed a great many people) for help in return for enough money to rebuild his burned down church, Katherine finally speaks up. She confronts Newsome with what she believes to be the facts, and calls Rideout a charlatan; the first of many that will come now that regular medicine has failed, at least according to her. Newsome is about to fire her for this outburst, but Rideout insists that Katherine should stay around since she needs to regain her faith and sense of compassion according to him. Rideout continues to explain that Newsome has been invested by a small demon god that feeds on his pain, and he plans to exorcize and capture this creature. He requests Katherine and Newsome’s personal assistant Jensen to help him; Jensen has to spray the creature with pepper spray when it leaves it’s host, while Katherine has to whack it with a broom so Rideout can put it in a lunchbox. Katherine agrees, but only after checking Rideout’s sleeves and the lunchbox to make sure there are no props inside. When they turn out to be empty, she starts to doubt her own skepticism. (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
L. T.'s Theory of Pets by Stephen King Assignment
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L. T.'s Theory of Pets by Stephen King Assignment

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“L. T.'s Theory of Pets" is a short story by Stephen King, it was collected in written form as a story in King's 2002 collection Everything's Eventual. The story is told from a first-person perspective about a working-class husband, who recalls a story told by L. T., a chatty co-worker who recalls the brewing trouble behind his marriage, attributed to pets purchased by L. T. and his wife. His wife purchased a dog for L. T. which in turn, disliked him instantly and sided with the wife, while L. T. purchased a cat for his wife, who immediately took to L.T. instead. Despite the fact that the dog and the cat get along fine, L. T. and his wife continuously argue, adding some irony. L.T.'s wife then leaves him and says she had gone to her mother's, but she never arrives. King reveals she had taken the dog with her, and that her car has been found abandoned on a roadside in Nevada. The only thing found was her dog, axed to death. It's revealed that a serial killer is on the loose in the area, who kills women by the use of an axe, known as the Axe Man. L.T. still has hopes she is alive, although it is unlikely. (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
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
The Road Virus Heads North by Stephen King Assignment
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The Road Virus Heads North by Stephen King Assignment

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“The Road Virus Heads North" is a short story by Stephen King, it was collected in written form as a story in King's 2002 collection Everything's Eventual. The story follows a successful horror writer named Richard Kinnell as he drives back from Boston to his home in Derry, Maine. Along the way, he comes across a yard sale, where he notices and is captivated by a bizarre painting of a sinister-looking man with filed teeth driving his car on Boston's Tobin Bridge. The painting, which is apparently titled "The Road Virus Heads North," was painted by a tortured genius who had burned all his other paintings prior to killing himself, leaving a cryptic note that he couldn't stand what was happening to him. Kinnell, a collector of such oddities, has no hesitation in buying the painting from the woman running the sale. 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
We Ate the Children Last by Yann Martel Assignment
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We Ate the Children Last by Yann Martel Assignment

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“We Ate the Children Last" is a short story (2 pages) by Yann Martel, it was published in the Guardian in 2004. The piece tells the tale of the procedure, a Full Organ Xenofgraft that allows pig organs to be transplanted into humans. People are livin’ large at first, enjoying the medical benefits of this breakthrough, until things start to go a little…south. All of a sudden, their appetites are running in seriously inhuman directions, and no one knows how to deal as the pop culture phenomenon leads to mounting mass chaos. 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 story can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/jul/17/originalwriting.fiction4 The short film version of the film can be found here: https://vimeo.com/27633865
Million-Dollar Murray by Malcolm Gladwell Informational Reading Assignment
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Million-Dollar Murray 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. Million-Dollar Murray, Why Problems like Homelessness May Be Easier to Solve Than to Manage The problem of homelessness does not have a quick or easy solution. There simply isn’t enough money to go around, and to try to help everyone a little bit, isn’t as effective as helping a few people a lot. Our usual moral intuitions are of little use here when it comes to hard cases. Gladwell summarizes, “We can be true to our principles or we can fix the problem. We cannot do both.” This is teaching materials for a New Yorker article. The vocabulary, questions and research for this article are mostly related to the homelessness, how we look at societal problems, and power-law distribution. 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
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King Unit/Novel Study Assessments
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Skeleton Crew by Stephen King Unit/Novel Study Assessments

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Skeleton Crew is the second collection of short fiction by Stephen King, published by Putnam in June 1985. The collection features 22 works, which includes nineteen short stories, a novella ("The Mist"), and two poems ("Paranoid: A Chant" and "For Owen. The stories are collected from science-fiction and horror anthologies, genre magazine publications, and popular magazines. (Wikipedia) Works Included: "The Mist" "Here There Be Tygers" "The Monkey" "Cain Rose Up" "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" "The Jaunt" "The Wedding Gig" "Paranoid: A Chant" "The Raft" "Word Processor of the Gods" "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands" "Beachworld" "The Reaper's Image" "Nona" "For Owen" "Survivor Type" "Uncle Otto's Truck" "Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1)" "Big Wheels: A Tale of The Laundry Game (Milkman #2)" "Gramma" "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" "The Reach" 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, that is the cheaper route. However here they are collected at an almost 60% discount. The materials provided 21 Short story worksheets 6 Novella story worksheets 6 Novella Creative Art Sheet 1 Novella test review 1 Novella assessment 1 Test Review Bingo (Cards & “Bingo Balls”) 21 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
Open Secrets by Malcolm Gladwell Informational Reading Assignment
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Open Secrets 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. Open Secrets: Enron, Intelligence, and the Perils of Too Much Information Does the name Jeffrey Skilling sound familiar? Remember the Enron scandal? Skilling had been convicted by a jury of fraud and was ordered to turn everything he owned over to a fund to compensate former shareholders of Enron, the company he had built up into an energy-trading monster. He then appeared in the courtroom for sentencing for his criminal case. He offered remorse, but as witness after witness testified to how he had wiped out their retirement accounts due to Enron’s bankruptcy. If you sat through Skilling’s trial, you’d think that the Enron scandal was a puzzle. Gregory Treverton, a national security expert once famously made a distinction between puzzles and mysteries. If“Puzzles come to satisfying conclusions, mysteries often don’t."As it turns out, the Enron story wasn’t a puzzle... it was a mystery. (Quicklet) 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 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 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
Mister Yummy by Stephen King Assignment
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Mister Yummy by Stephen King Assignment

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“Mister Yummy” is a short story by Stephen King first published in his 2015 story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Mister Yummy details the last days in the life of Ollie Franklin, in particular, his relationship with another elderly gentleman at the Lakeview Assisted Living Center named Dave Calhoun. Ollie, who is gay, recalls his experiences growing up as a gay man in America, losing friends to the AIDS epidemic in the 80's, as well as his one-time encounter at a dance club in New York with a young guy who he and his clique of friends called "Mister Yummy". Although he never saw him again in person, he has recently been seeing him again as a sort of avatar heralding his impending death, getting closer every time, and reasons that all people see different avatars when getting close to death's door. Dave at first does not believe him, considering him just senile and losing his hold on reality, until he actually does die, only days after he first described seeing Mister Yummy. At the end of the story, Dave begins seeing his own avatar of death, a young, pretty, redheaded woman he saw after World War II getting out of her boyfriend's pickup truck. (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
Luckey Quarter by Stephen King Assignment
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Luckey Quarter by Stephen King Assignment

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“Luckey Quarter " is a short story by Stephen King, it was collected in written form as a story in King's 2002 collection Everything's Eventual. Darlene Pullen, who is a struggling single mother with two children (a rebellious teenage daughter and a sickly young son) and a lousy job as a maid, is left a tip of a single quarter with a note saying that it is a "lucky quarter". She takes a quick gamble on it and finds that it brings her some small luck. Moving on to a real casino, she keeps trying her luck, and soon she's winning thousands of dollars. All seems to be going exceedingly well until she suddenly reappears back in the hotel room, left with nothing but her lucky quarter. All of her success was a fantasy. As her two children come to visit her at work, she lets her son have the quarter, and as he uses it in a gamble, it starts to pay off just as it did when Darlene was fantasizing. (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 Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King Unit/Novel Study Assessments
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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King Unit/Novel Study Assessments

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a short fiction collection by Stephen King, published on November 3, 2015. This is King's sixth collection of short stories and his tenth collection overall. One of the stories, "Obits", won the 2016 Edgar Award for best short story, and the collection itself won the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for best collection. The paperback edition, released on October 18, 2016, includes a bonus short story, "Cookie Jar", which was published in 2016 in VQR. (Wikipedia) Works Included: "Mile 81" "Premium Harmony" "Batman and Robin Have an Altercation" "The Dune" "Bad Little Kid" "A Death" "The Bone Church" "Morality" "Afterlife" "Ur" "Herman Wouk Is Still Alive" "Under the Weather" "Blockade Billy" "Mister Yummy" "Tommy" "The Little Green God of Agony" "That Bus Is Another World" "Obits" "Drunken Fireworks" "Summer Thunder" 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, that is the cheaper route. However here they are collected at a 50% discount. The materials provided 21 Short story worksheets 21 Short story Creative Art Sheet 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
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
The House On Maple Street by Stephen King Assignment
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The House On Maple Street by Stephen King Assignment

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“"The House On Maple Street” is a short story written by author Stephen King for the 1993 short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. After a summer spent abroad, the four Bradbury children return to their home on Maple Street and discover that something is growing upwards through the house's walls from below, replacing wood and plaster with metal and machinery, counting down to some cataclysmic event. Although somewhat afraid of what this was, Trent, the eldest of the four, realizes they have an opportunity to rid both themselves and their beleaguered mother of the tyrannical Lewis "Lew" Evans, their hated and feared stepfather. As the countdown approaches its final minutes, they contrive to lock Lew in his study and leave him to his fate, escaping the house just in time to watch as it raises itself from its foundations and blasts away into the clouds. The story ends with the children waiting on the curb for their mother to return, shaken but glad to be free from Lew's oppressive rule. 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