Below are some samples of my work from the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Wayne State University. The samples can be read online by clicking on the titles or downloaded as PDF files.
Affirming the Intersectional Identities of Adolescent Women through Young Adult Literature: A Set of Five Reading Ladders for 9th Grade Students, 2015
This project fulfilled the requirement of a master’s essay for the MAT program. This project seeks to find a way to foster, acknowledge, and affirm the intersectional identities of adolescent women within an English language arts curriculum. The project includes a review of literature, an overview of the project, five five-book reading ladders, and a conclusion. Download PDF.
Constructivism and English Language Arts: Creating Inclusive and Relevant Curricula, 2014
This is a research paper written for a Philosophy of Education course. The paper examines the ways in which constructivist-based English Language Arts teaching methods create a curriculum that is both relevant to and inclusive of all students. Download PDF.
Novel Unit: The Miseducation of Cameron Post, 2013
This is a novel unit on Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post created for a course on Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools. The unit for 10th grade students focuses on the theme of the search for identity. It includes an introductory and concluding activity and seven lesson plans. Download PDF.
Topical Unit: Suspense, 2013
This is a topical unit on suspense created for a course on Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools. The unit for 8th grade students includes “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl, “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and an excerpt from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Download PDF.
Ideas for Teaching Literature, 2013
This is a handbook of ideas for teaching literature created for a course on Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools. The handbook contains ideas for teaching biography, drama, non-fiction, poetry and short story to both middle and high school students. Download PDF.
Multicultural Literature for Young Adults, 2013
This is an annotated list of multicultural literature and accompanying teaching activities and strategies for young adults created for a course on Language, Literacy and Learning. The list includes books about multicultural experiences in the United States as well as in other countries. Download PDF.
Reading Ladder: Strong Female Protagonists, 2013
This is a Reading Ladder created for a Young Adult Literature course. The Reading Ladder is intended to guide adolescent readers through a series of books that increase in reading level difficulty. The books in this Reading Ladder focus on strong female protagonists and represent a variety of cultures. Download PDF.
Censorship and Banned Books Project: The Miseducation of Cameron Post Rationale, 2013
This is a book rationale written for a Young Adult Literature course. The rationale supports the literary merit of including the book The Miseducation of Cameron Post in a secondary English curriculum, despite possible objections to the novel. Download PDF.
Latino/a Literature in the Multicultural English Classroom, 2013
This is a research paper written for a Multicultural Education in Urban America course. The paper examines the deculturalization of Latino/as in American education, discusses the importance of multiculturalism in the secondary English classroom and offers a selection of literature by Latino/a writers that are appropriate to use in a secondary English classroom. Download PDF.
Inclusivity in the Secondary English Classroom: An Inclusive Teaching Guide, 2013
This is a guide created for an Inclusive Teaching course. The guide is intended to illustrate my own philosophy on inclusive teaching and to map out how my future inclusive classroom might function. The guide considers how to work with families, design a classroom, utilize assistive technology, build community, promote inclusive academic instruction, collaborate with support staff, and how to implement change in a school. Download PDF.
Technology and the Writing Classroom: An Exploration of Possibilities and Challenges, 2013
This is a research paper written for a Methods of Teaching Writing course. The paper explores both the possibilities and challenges of employing technology in the writing classroom. The benefits discussed include: collaboration, writing as a social act or process, creativity, and classroom culture. In addition to these benefits, the limitations of technology for writing instruction are also considered. Download PDF.
Philosophy Statement on the Teaching of Writing Revisited, 2013
This is a revised philosophy statement on the teaching writing that I created at the end of a Methods of Teaching Writing course. The philosophy synthesizes ideas from my previous philosophy statement with new concepts encountered throughout the course. Download PDF.
Philosophy Statement on the Teaching of Writing, 2013
This is a philosophy statement on the teaching of writing created that I created at the beginning of a Methods of Teaching Writing course. My philosophy focuses on four main ideas: our main ideas: the first is that writing is a skill that can be learned and mastered with time, patience, and commitment; the second idea is that writing is not merely an academic subject, but an invaluable communication tool that can greatly enrich students’ lives in other academic areas and beyond high school; the third is that writing, as both a skill and a process, can allow students to grow creatively and emotionally; and the fourth idea is that a contemporary writing education must acknowledge the relationship between writing and technology. Download PDF.
How to Create a Website Using WordPress, 2013
This is a video I created for a Computer Applications in Teaching course using the online video creator Animoto. The assignment required that the video address one of the Michigan Educational Technology Standards for Students (METS-S). By providing instructions for creating a website using WordPress, my video addresses METS 9-12.CI.2 “create a web page.”
Class Website Mock-Up, 2013
This is a mock-up of a class website that was created for a Computer Applications in Teaching course using the website builder Weebly. The assignment required that the site’s content reflect themes discussed in the Computer Applications course, such as Internet safety and digital literacy. The site includes a weekly schedule of class activities and upcoming lessons, online resources for students, and a discussion forum that can be used to promote online communication and learning.
The Catcher in the Rye Theme Unit: The Teenage Experience: Conformity, Rebellion and Identity, 2012
This is a unit plan created for a Methods in Teaching English course. This unit plan is intended for a 10th grade class. The main goal of this unit is for students to critically think about the texts and the world around them. This unit is built on students responding to and exploring elements within the texts through both large and small group discussion and writing responses. Students are guided in their reading and viewing of the texts, but are also encouraged to decide for themselves which aspects of the texts are significant and relevant to the unit and our discussion. The unit will culminate with a Multimedia Essay that will incorporate the three texts from this unit, as well as the writing students have done throughout the unit. The Multimedia Essay is intended to demonstrate student’s understanding of the unit’s themes and their ability to apply these themes to a broader context. Download PDF.