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Lesson Planning: Reading

Integrating the teaching of reading and writing is a challenge for any new English teacher, especially for teaching adolescents. Here’s where I have compiled websites and resources that I have used or find really fruitful for ways to think about how to model reading and comprehension strategies in the classroom. Lesson Plans: Reader-Response Scrapbook Project (useful […]

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PLEASURE IN PRIOR PREPARATION

Last summer, I tackled two sessions with a program for gifted children, and both times, I was assigned to those courses with about two weeks’ notice, using books and curricula someone else had chosen or designed. As an adjunct, I used to do this pretty regularly, but years in my own classroom, with autonomy over my curricula […]

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DEAR POET: TRIUMPH!

A highlight of my spring poetry unit the past few years has been requiring my students to participate in whatever interactive project the Academy of American Poet proposes for National Poetry Month. The projects always comprise multimedia, engaging contemporary poems, lesson plans and more to make it easy for teachers to incorporate the projects into the […]

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SOLS: TWO WEEKS

Two weeks. Two weeks to pack the clothes, tag the pictures, sort the books, scavenge for boxes, wrap the dishes, wonder why I ever bought that sweater and just how many books I actually own. Two weeks to forward the mail, change the address, call the cable guy, call the utility people, get the shot […]

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SNAPSHOT AT 13

They are thirteen. There is hair: so much hair, and hair care, and grooming, and maintenance, and styling, and products. There are rapidly multiplying piles of shoes, in various colors and styles, and sizes that are increasingly closer to adult. There is wariness about friendship, unsure about what real friendship looks like and how to […]

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SLOS: TWO WEEKS, PART TWO

Four weeks ago, I was awash with a mixture of emotions. Fear of the unknown, nostalgia, grief, anticipation, all of it bound up in the challenge of moving forward, moving on, and leaving behind. Now we’ve been settling into our new home for two weeks, and it feels right. The sunlight pours in the windows, my (substantially reduced) […]

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BOOK REVIEW: SO WE READ ON

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Next year, I’ll be teaching The Great Gatsby again after a long hiatus, and while I’ve never stopped loving the book itself, I’ve been a little intimidated at the idea of getting back into the swing […]

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PROFESSIONAL PROGRESS

When I made a list for myself of ten professional goals back in March, I didn’t expect to have made progress on three of them so quickly! This spring in my Latin American literature class, I conducted my first experiment with adding some choice/independent reading in my classroom when I brought in a pile of books from my […]

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OH HEY, IT’S AUGUST

Wrapping up my six-week summer teaching gig has me feeling accomplished and determined to enjoy the weeks before my school year starts. This is especially important this year because I’ll be taking on an extra class, teaching a new elective and my first honors sections, and returning to a grade level I haven’t taught in years […]

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THE BEST OF MY SUMMER READING

In the midst of moving and summer teaching and you know, life, I read three books and a short story in the past few months that are all treasures I’m thrilled to have found, especially since the three novels were all written by living working authors, which means I’ve got more to discover and look […]

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