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I have nine years of teaching experience, seven of which were high school English here in the States. I have taught a mixture of special education and regular education classes. In addition to my experience here, I taught upper elementary and middle school Language Arts abroad for two years. I have my Masters in Education with an emphasis on Secondary (9-12) English. I also have my K-12 Special Education license.

I have nine years of teaching experience, seven of which were high school English here in the States. I have taught a mixture of special education and regular education classes. In addition to my experience here, I taught upper elementary and middle school Language Arts abroad for two years. I have my Masters in Education with an emphasis on Secondary (9-12) English. I also have my K-12 Special Education license.
Greek and Latin Roots Unit
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Greek and Latin Roots Unit

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Teaching Greek and Latin roots? This product has everything you need to cover 50 of the most common roots that make up the English language. What you get: ❖ a 51-slide PowerPoint presentation including one slide for each word. Slides include the definition of the root as well as three examples of words containing the root and their definitions ❖ a 63-page PDF file with student note pages, one for each root. Student note pages include: definition; examples from PowerPoint; space for students to research their own words containing the root; a space to illustrate one of the words; using one of the words in a sentence; determining and explaining the connotation of one of the words. Also included are exercises for each list as well as two quizzes - one for Lists 1-5 and one for Lists 6-10 ❖ a 12-page PDF answer key for list exercises and quizzes
The Great Gatsby Novel Workbook
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The Great Gatsby Novel Workbook

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic work The Great Gatsby is considered to be one of the great American novels - the embodiment of the Lost Generation and the American Dream. Teaching this novel but tired of worksheets with basic comprehension questions? This workbook is for you. Designed to make students think, this 18-page resource is full of questions to challenge your students. This resource includes 2 PDFs: a print version and a fillable version that can be uploaded into the LMS of your choice for students to complete electronically. What you get: Section Pages: Each section comes with a two-page spread. These pages include a variety of activities, such as vocabulary, figurative language, reading comprehension questions, characterization, quote analysis, and more. Many questions are open-ended and require students to dig deeper rather than just regurgitate basic facts; the focus here is on higher-order thinking questions. Suggested Answer Key: A completed workbook with suggested answers. Since many of the questions in the workbook are designed to make students think and justify their responses, the provided answers are not intended to be the only ones, but rather to serve as a starting point for responses.
Animal Farm Novel Workbook
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Animal Farm Novel Workbook

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Looking for a fun, engaging way to review George Orwell’s famous novel Animal Farm? Your students will love this escape room. Students play as one of the farm animals, living through the Rebellion and Napoleon’s reign. Students can work at their desks to solve all puzzles or can rotate around the room. Great for a little friendly competition between groups. Included: Four core tasks: plot, characters, close reading, and an encrypted message, all with instructions and clues Station cards Student answer sheet Answer key Teacher instructions
The Most Dangerous Game Lesson Plan
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The Most Dangerous Game Lesson Plan

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Teaching Richard Connell’s famous story “The Most Dangerous Game”? Use this resource to review literary devices, focus on plot, characterization, and conflict, and more. This resource can be used as a stand-alone or part of a short stories unit. Included are: ✺ Suggested lesson plan for pre, during, and post-reading ✺ Vocabulary - using context clues and vocabulary exercises ✺ Literary Terms: Use the included PowerPoint to review six literary terms: mood; simile; metaphor; point of view; protagonist; and antagonist ✺ Key Focus: Plot - two pages of reading comprehension questions and a plot diagram ✺ Key Focus: Characterization - Determine if passages are examples of direct or indirect characterization as well as what they reveal about the character. ✺ Key Focus: Conflict - Review the four types of conflict and determine which is being used in each passage ✺ Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt - Identify examples of figurative language and search the text for examples of the terms given ✺ Extension Activities - Choose from three extension activities. Includes suggested rubrics ✺ Suggested answer key - Since many questions require students to provide textual evidence and their own analysis, these answers should be viewed as starting points.
All Quiet on the Western Front Novel Workbook
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All Quiet on the Western Front Novel Workbook

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Teaching this novel but tired of worksheets with basic comprehension questions? This workbook is for you. Designed to make students think, this 56-page resource is full of questions and activities to challenge your students and help them make connections to other texts as well as their own lives. What you get: Erich Maria Remarque Biography: One-page biography of the author to give students a little background on the man behind the novel. World War I Timeline: Two-page timeline of major battles and other events in World War I. This gives students an idea of the progression of events. Anticipation Guide: Students will respond to ten statements, rating each from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree”. Each statement addresses a topic or idea that will be explored in detail during reading. Students can revisit this guide after reading to see if their opinions have changed. The anticipation guide can also be used as a writing prompt, where students have to justify their response(s). Chapter Pages: Each chapter comes with a two-page spread. These pages include a variety of activities, such as vocabulary, figurative language, reading comprehension questions, characterization, quote analysis, and more. Many questions are open-ended and require students to dig deeper rather than just regurgitate basic facts; the focus here is on higher-order thinking questions. Plot Diagram: A blank plot diagram for students to complete as they read or after finishing the novel. Symbolism: A chart where students can track the symbolism in the novel and discuss the role of each symbol. Topics and Themes: A two-page activity that allows students to explore five topics found in the novel and craft a thematic statement for each. Students then choose one topic and thematic statement and write a paragraph response. World War I Poetry: Four of the most well-known poems from World War I- “Break of Day in the Trenches”, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, “The Rear-Guard”, and “In Flanders Fields”. These pages include the full text of the poem as well as questions for each poem. Students can simply answer these questions or can annotate the poems for other elements as the teacher sees fit. Picture Mapping Project: Instructions for a picture mapping project. Here, students identify key details from the novel, decide what image(s) symbolize these details, and gather them together to create a statement about the world outside of the text. Similar to a one-pager. Mini-lesson on rhetorical devices: A PowerPoint presentation on logos, ethos, and pathos, complete with student guided notes. Propaganda Poster Activities: Links to several websites full of propaganda posters from World War I (actual posters not included due to copyright laws). Students will use the Propaganda Poster Analysis handout to analyze a poster (or posters). Students will then create their own propaganda posters. A sample rubric for this project is included.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Student Workbook
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Student Workbook

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Unique workbook/worksheet pages to engage your students while reading Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A play of mistaken identities, unrequited love, and dreamlike events (with a little mischief thrown in for good measure), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream explores the fickleness of love. Teaching this play and wanting more than basic reading comprehension worksheets? Then this workbook is for you. This resource includes two versions: one with visually engaging handouts, and one with more basic, streamlined handouts perfect for students who struggle with overstimulation. What you get: ➩ Fillable PDFs of both versions. PDFs can be uploaded to the LMS of your choice for distribution and use electronically ➩ Color and black and white character maps ➩ Handouts for each scene: include summaries, reading questions, characterization, quote analysis, and more. ➩ Suggested answer key for both versions: Many questions involve student opinion or require inferences; therefore, the provided answers aren’t intended to be the only ones, but rather starting points.
The Great Gatsby Digital Escape Room
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The Great Gatsby Digital Escape Room

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Scott Fitzgerald’s classic work The Great Gatsby is considered to be one of the great American novels - the embodiment of the Lost Generation and the American Dream. Looking for a fun and engaging way to review this classic novel? Then this escape room is for you :) Students will access the digital escape room through a Google Site. There’s no need to create copies of anything - everything is embedded in the presentation. There’s also a printable student response sheet that can be used to record answers to the locks. Tasks include: ✺ Plot - determine the order of the eight plot points ✺ Characters - match the character to his or her description ✺ Budget - convert the Fitzgerald’s 1923 monthly budget to today’s money ✺ Setting - discover the real-life locations that served as inspiration for East and West Eggs ✺ Quotes - solve the cryptogram to decipher three quotes
Marigolds by Eugenia Collier - Close Reading
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Marigolds by Eugenia Collier - Close Reading

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Teaching Eugenia Collier’s coming-of-age story “Marigolds”? This resource can be used as a stand-alone or part of a short stories unit. Included are seven handouts covering: ✲ reading comprehension questions, including mood and tone, setting, and more ✲ character study - Lizabeth ✲ figurative language ✲ symbolism ✲ conflict ✲ theme
The Great Gatsby QR Code Webquest
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The Great Gatsby QR Code Webquest

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Teaching Fitzgerald’s greatest work, The Great Gatsby? Knowledge of Fitzgerald and the 1920s is vital to students’ comprehension of this famous novel. In this activity, students will use six different sources to gain background information on Fitzgerald, the Roaring 20s, Prohibition, the Lost Generation, and the American Dream. Students can either click on the embedded link or use the QR Code reader on their device to open the source. Want students up and moving about? Paste the QR codes around the room for a gallery-walk type completion. The file includes two copies of the PDF: a printable version and a fillable version that can be uploaded to LMS of your choice, allowing students to complete the webquest and submit it electronically, making this activity ideal for distance learning.
9th Grade Short Stories Bundle
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9th Grade Short Stories Bundle

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This bundle contains resources for five of the most commonly taught short stories for ninth grade. Includes: ✰ “Marigolds” Close Reading - focusing on reading comprehension, figurative language, symbolism, conflict, characterization, and theme ✰ “The Lady or the Tiger?” Lesson Plan - focusing on vocabulary, reading comprehension, and theme ✰ “The Black Cat” Lesson Plan - introduction Prezi, vocabulary, reading comprehension, suspense, narrator reliability, conflict close reading, and writing extension ✰ “The Most Dangerous Game” Lesson Plan - focus on vocabulary, literary terms, reading comprehension, characterization, conflict, and figurative language ✰ “The Most Dangerous Game” Escape Room - review for the short story ✰ “The Scarlet Ibis” Lesson Plan - focus on vocabulary, characterization, conflict, plot, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and quote analysis ✰ “The Veldt” Ray Bradbury Short Story Lesson Plan - focus on literary devices, characterization, plot, quote analysis, diction, and arguing a point
Animal Farm Digital Escape Room
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Animal Farm Digital Escape Room

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Looking for a fun, engaging way to review George Orwell’s famous novel Animal Farm? Your students will love this escape room. Students play as one of the farm animals, living through the Rebellion and Napoleon’s reign. The escape room is accessed through a Google Site™; there’s no need to create copies of anything. There’s also a printable student response sheet that can be used to record answers to the lock. Tasks include: ✺ Plot - determine the order of the eight plot points ✺ Characters - match the character to his or her description This task will link to an external site. Please make sure your school has access to www.matchthememory.com. ✺ Close Reading - read five excerpts and answer a multiple-choice question for each ✺ Encrypted Message - decode an important quote from the novel
Romeo & Juliet Task Cards
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Romeo & Juliet Task Cards

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been a staple in English classes for years. This classic tale of forbidden love resonates with teens over 400 years after its publication. Looking for a different way to gauge students’ comprehension? These task cards are ideal. Use for bell ringers, stations, or exit tickets. Included: ✪ 56 Task Cards covering the Prologue and all five acts ✪ Student Response Sheets - fillable PDF that can be uploaded to Google Classroom™, Schoology™, or the LMS of your choice, or sent to students to complete remotely ✪ A suggested answer key for response sheet
Romeo & Juliet Summaries and Close Readings
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Romeo & Juliet Summaries and Close Readings

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been a staple in English classes for years. This classic tale of forbidden love resonates with teens over 400 years after its publication. While full of beautifully written lines and witty puns, Romeo and Juliet can be difficult to understand, especially for students with learning disabilities or for whom English is not their first language, making teaching it difficult. Shakespeare Simplified to the rescue! This resource is ideal for struggling students, or for units with time constraints. Included: ✪ Character Map: to keep characters’ relationships to one another straight ✪ Prologue translation and annotations exercise ✪ Each act includes: ⇝ scene summaries ⇝ side-by-side original and modern translation of a selected scene ⇝ annotations, focuses, and questions ✪ Fillable PDF - can be uploaded to Google Classroom™, Schoology™, or the LMS of your choice, or sent to students to complete remotely. **** Note: students may need to either (a) download the PDF and fill it out then reattach it or (b) use an extension such as Kami to “write” on the PDF. ****
"The Rocking-Horse Winner" Digital Lesson
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"The Rocking-Horse Winner" Digital Lesson

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D.H. Lawrence’s short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is a tale of materialism and the toll it takes on a person, a story of chasing the ever-elusive luck. This resource contains the full text along with annotation guidelines and reading comprehension questions, a plot diagram, a topic chart, and a theme analysis paragraph (scaffolded for students who need extra support). Use this resource as a stand-alone or as part of a larger short story unit. This resource is completely digital. Simply create a copy of the Google Slides™ presentation and upload it to your Google Classroom™, Schoology™, or LMS of your choice. Students type directly into the presentation and can download their responses as a PDF when finished.
Shakespeare Virtual Field Trip
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Shakespeare Virtual Field Trip

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Field trips are a fantastic way to expose students to new places and experiences. A trip to England not feasible? Virtual field trip to the rescue. This resource includes eleven interactive Google Slides™. On this trip, students will visit: ✈Stop #1: Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace) ↪ explore some of the museum collection ↪ watch an embedded YouTube video on Shakespeare’s life ↪ create a timeline of some of his most famous works ↪ discover phrases we owe to Shakespeare and convert their own phrases to “Shakespearean” ✈Stop #2: Anne Hathaway’s cottage: Learn a little bit more about his wife and explore some of the museum’s collection ✈Stop #3: The Globe Theatre ↪ learn more about Shakespeare’s life and the Globe Theatre ↪ take a virtual 360° tour of the Globe to learn more facts and watch short clips Also included is an answer key. This resource is completely digital. You will receive a Google Drive™ folder with the Google Slides™ presentation along with instructions.
"The Most Dangerous Game" Escape Room
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"The Most Dangerous Game" Escape Room

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Looking for a fun, engaging way to review Richard Connell’s classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game”? Your students will love this escape room. Students play at Sanger Rainsford, rushing to solve a set of puzzles to help them escape General Zaroff and his Ship Trap Island. Students can work at their desks to solve all puzzles or can rotate around the room. Great for a little friendly competition between groups. Included: Five core tasks: plot, characters, figurative language, cryptogram, and close reading with instructions and clues Station cards Student answer sheet Answer key Teacher instructions
"Marigolds" Close Reading DIGITAL Version
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"Marigolds" Close Reading DIGITAL Version

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Teaching Eugenia Collier’s “Marigolds”? This resource can be used as a stand-alone or part of a short stories unit. This Google Slides resource includes seven slides: ✲ reading comprehension questions, including mood and tone, setting, and more (2 slides) ✲ character study - Lizabeth ✲ figurative language ✲ symbolism ✲ conflict ✲ theme Simply create a copy and upload into Google Classroom or the LMS of your choice. Students type their answers directly into the slide. A link to a PDF of the text is also included. The digital nature makes this an ideal lesson for distance learning.
Literary Devices Visual Notes
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Literary Devices Visual Notes

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Knowledge and understanding of literary devices is vital for any high school student. Tired of the same old drill? Looking for a way to change things up? These visual notes will help do just that. Students can color and/or add additional doodles while taking notes, thereby activating both sides of their brains, leading to better retention. There are three versions of the student handouts: ✧ Version A: This version is best suited for students who struggle with note-taking. Most of the information is provided, allowing the student to focus on only writing down a few points. ✧ Version B: This version is best suited for students who may need some scaffolding but are able to take longer and more detailed notes than students who use Version A. Students will complete definitions and additional notes, as well as some examples. ✧ Version C: This version is best suited for students who require no scaffolding when taking notes. With this version, students will complete definitions and additional notes as well as most examples. Also included is a PowerPoint presentation that can be used to review the literary devices with your students. This presentation includes all information needed for completing the visual notes, with the exception of the “More Examples” spots; these spots are left open to allow teachers to interject specific examples from texts that either have been or will be read during the term or from other sources relevant to their students’ lives (favorite songs, tv shows, movies, etc.).
Animal Farm Escape Room
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Animal Farm Escape Room

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Looking for a fun, engaging way to review George Orwell’s famous novel Animal Farm? Your students will love this escape room. Students play as one of the farm animals, living through the Rebellion and Napoleon’s reign. Students can work at their desks to solve all puzzles or can rotate around the room. Great for a little friendly competition between groups. Included: Four core tasks: plot, characters, close reading, and an encrypted message, all with instructions and clues Station cards Student answer sheet Answer key Teacher instructions