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Hi. I'm a teacher and a writer. One of my passions is stringing words together -- and another is reading them out loud! I enjoy recording audio (public domain works as well as my own pieces).I teach small group writing classes in the Seattle, and have recently begun teaching online.

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  • Recycled Miniatures: A Little Something From Next to Nothing
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    Recycled Miniatures: A Little Something From Next to Nothing

    2 years ago

    When I was a kid, I didn't necessarily make a lot of miniatures. I appropriated them. I observed that rectangular magnets removed from the refrigerator and turned onto their underside looked like pans of brownies. Domed...

  • Eating Vegetarian With Reduced Histamine and Glutamate
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    Eating Vegetarian With Reduced Histamine and Glutamate

    3 years ago

    I am being facetious when I say I am allergic to flavor! Sensitive to flavor enhancers would be closer to the truth. It's not the most typical form of intolerance, but there are times I need to be very careful about...

  • Alternatives to 18 Inch American Girl Dolls
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    Alternatives to 18 Inch American Girl Dolls

    2 years ago

    Part of the message of American Girl is that maturity is about values -- industriousness, compassion -- and not about make up and heels. Part of the message is that girls can be competent and smart (and pretty) no...

  • The Cross of Gold Speech: Beginning Rhetorical Analysis
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    The Cross of Gold Speech: Beginning Rhetorical Analysis

    2 years ago

    William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech was a masterpiece in its day. It still is -- and it can be used to develop students' rhetorical analysis skills.

  • Cynthia Rylant Beginning Chapter Books: Lesson Plans
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    Cynthia Rylant Beginning Chapter Books: Lesson Plans

    2 years ago

    Literature for children who are still learning to decode? Sure! It takes talent to take big ideas and themes and scale them down. It also takes skill to develop character and add humor when using shorter sentences and a...

  • Informational Texts: 2nd and 3rd Grade Science
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    Informational Texts: 2nd and 3rd Grade Science

    2 years ago

    There's science -- and then there's science reading! Both require instruction. Content area reading in science and social studies can be more difficult than fiction. Left to their own devices, students often select...

  • Little House in the Big Woods: Supporting Comprehension
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    Little House in the Big Woods: Supporting Comprehension

    2 years ago

    Why read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods -- and why in the primary grades? Well, first of all, there's the matter of my little niece, who was a second grader last Christmas. We were talking about...

  • Lesson Plans for Sarah, Plain and Tall
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    Lesson Plans for Sarah, Plain and Tall

    2 years ago

    I was a little surprised by the Newberry-winning historical fiction Sarah, Plain and Tall when I first encountered it in the college of education. Part of the premise: a dad who advertised for a wife! Ah, but this was a...

  • Charlotte's Web Lesson Plans
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    Charlotte's Web Lesson Plans

    2 years ago

    I've known Charlotte's Web since I was seven. Isn't that the case for so many of us? The story of the amiable pig and the clever spider who saves him never does go out of style. But 2012 proved quite a year for the...

  • Lesson Plans for The Stories Julian Tells
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    Lesson Plans for The Stories Julian Tells

    2 years ago

    The Stories Julian Tells is a popular beginning chapter book for students at third grade level. It's an engaging family story with some 'big ideas' or themes that children have to dig to get to. It's a Common Core...

  • Mary Poppins Lesson Plans
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    Mary Poppins Lesson Plans

    2 years ago

    For nearly half a century, children have been watching Mary Poppins. Fewer have read the original book by P.L. Travers. I believe it's a worthy read. While it lacks the singing that I so enjoyed in childhood, it does...

  • Lois Lowry's Gossamer: Lesson Plans
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    Lois Lowry's Gossamer: Lesson Plans

    2 years ago

    Newberry-winning children's novelist Lois Lowry is adept at presenting universes with rules not quite like our own. In Gossamer,she presents us with a unique world, even though ostensibly it takes place in our own...

  • Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans for High School: Critical Analysis
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    Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans for High School: Critical Analysis

    2 years ago

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is almost an all-ages book. It was written at about 6th grade level, though younger students have embraced it as their own. The book even provides opportunities for high school students to...

  • The Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans
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    The Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans

    3 weeks ago

    The Wizard of Oz is high interest reading for students in the middle grades. Explore lesson plans for the classic book as well as for the new prequel and sequel.

  • Louisa May Alcott Poems
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    Louisa May Alcott Poems

    2 years ago

    Louisa May Alcott's poetry provides insight into her life. Explore her poetry through text, audio, and historical reference.

  • Baby Baa Baa: Still Talking after 30 Years
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    Baby Baa Baa: Still Talking after 30 Years

    2 years ago

    Baby Baa Baa was a born conversationalist, and he is oh-so-charismatic -- though admittedly, he has always been limited to a handful of key phrases. They are expressions like "I'm Baby Baa Baa," "I love...

  • Latin American Dolls... and Doll Clothes!
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    Latin American Dolls... and Doll Clothes!

    2 years ago

    There have long been dolls that represented Latin American nations. They are changing, though, and becoming more multidimensional. In some cases, they represent individuals in the modern world, not just traditional...

  • Dolls for Native American Children
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    Dolls for Native American Children

    2 years ago

    Traditionally, "Native American inspired dolls" have been objects that sat on shelves, teaching a mixture of truths and untruths, primarily to adults. Many have been a mishmash of cultural traits, drawn...

  • South Asian Dolls
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    South Asian Dolls

    2 years ago

    To girls, dolls can be confidants. They can also be a reflection of a girl's current and future self. These days, thankfully, dolls come in all the shades that people do. Depending on their faith and traditions, they...

  • Asian Dolls: Representing our World
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    Asian Dolls: Representing our World

    2 years ago

    In decades past, there was the Japanese Jan doll, providing at least a token acknowledgement that little girls of different ethnicities sat in classrooms together (with their hands up). But mostly little girls, whatever...

  • Henry David Thoreau Poems
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    Henry David Thoreau Poems

    2 years ago

    Henry David Thoreau is a well-remembered and well-loved literary figure, even now, 150 years after his death. It's primarily his prose that is studied, but he is also credited with about 300 poems. In poetry, he...

  • Multicultural Barbies: A Changing World
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    Multicultural Barbies: A Changing World

    2 years ago

    What's the function of Barbie -- besides old-fashioned play? Does Barbie allow us to see ourselves, and what we can aspire to be, or what we could never be (and should never want)? The question isn't that simple,...

  • Alternatives to Barbie and Bratz
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    Alternatives to Barbie and Bratz

    2 years ago

    Lately I've been exploring the role of Barbie in children's lives. When I was a kid myself, I had a Ballerina Barbie and several inexpensive imitations. I never thought of Barbie as a role model, and I didn't give a lot...

  • Dolls for Older Kids
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    Dolls for Older Kids

    2 years ago

    At what age do girls stop playing with dolls? It depends... a lot. Some girls leave them behind as soon as they have the skills to read, manipulate tech toys, or swing a baseball bat. Others love dolls all their lives. ...

  • A Little Princess: Lesson Plans
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    A Little Princess: Lesson Plans

    3 weeks ago

    Explore lesson plans and resources for Francess Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess.

  • Make a Tudor Dollhouse
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    Make a Tudor Dollhouse

    2 years ago

    If you want to put together a real Tudor house, it's going to take some amazing construction skills! If you want a miniature Tudor, though, it may be easier -- and cheaper -- than you think. There is more than one way...

  • Teaching Critical Literacy with The Secret Garden
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    Teaching Critical Literacy with The Secret Garden

    2 years ago

    A few years ago, a school that I worked at cast off all its copies of The Secret Garden. The school library had limited space for its collection; so it had become an annual task: thinning out the shelves to make room...

  • Habitat Study: Polar Lesson Plans
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    Habitat Study: Polar Lesson Plans

    2 years ago

    If you went to the Arctic, what do you think you'd see? During our habit unit, my second and third graders would begin the morning by enthusiastically chanting that poem. They knew there was much to see in polar lands!...

  • Thrifty Decorating: Faux Verdigris Finish
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    Thrifty Decorating: Faux Verdigris Finish

    2 years ago

    The photo shows three items I painted over a span of years. Verdigris -- or rather faux verdigris -- has been one of my favorite paint finishes for most of my adult life. It's an easy-to-apply paint finish that looks...

  • Painted Lady Dollhouse
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    Painted Lady Dollhouse

    4 years ago

    Never let it be said that I passed up a $6.50 dollhouse kit. There it was at Value Village, a Crestview -- half price no less. It appeared complete except for the directions (and, hey, someone is selling instructions...

  • Shabby Chic Studio Apartment
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    Shabby Chic Studio Apartment

    2 years ago

    If you're like me, and you live in a small space -- but you're too old for the dorm look -- you have some choices. Will you try to make your 200 square feet look bigger, or will you turn them into a cozy little nook?...

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems

    2 years ago

    Listen to Ralph Waldo Emerson poetry, and explore the meanings behind works such as "The Amulet" and "The Fable".

  • Robert Frost Summer Poems
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    Robert Frost Summer Poems

    3 years ago

    Summer is on its way, but there's still time for literature! Robert Frost was a master at capturing the nuances of different seasons, and summer is no exception. In his poems, we find summer captured in a variety of...

  • Emily Bronte Poems
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    Emily Bronte Poems

    2 years ago

    Emily Bronte's poetry includes evocative cadences and enigmatic meanings. Listen to some poems and explore poetry analysis here.

  • Robert Frost Winter Poems
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    Robert Frost Winter Poems

    2 years ago

    "Whose woods these are I think I know..." I found myself reciting those words (again) on a light, bright winter night when sun bounced off snowflakes and darkness didn't come. Recently, my city found itself...

  • Cottage Style Dollhouse Furniture: Distressed Ivory
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    Cottage Style Dollhouse Furniture: Distressed Ivory

    2 years ago

    Distressed ivory is an antique white finish that looks stunning on shabby chic or cottage style furniture -- either full scale or miniature. It is particularly well suited for doll furniture (especially if a collector...

  • One Room Living
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    One Room Living

    2 years ago

    This little studio feels right. I had a larger one for quite a few years because I had a cat, and kitty cats do like their space to frisk about. Some time after the death of that cat, I moved down to a smaller room -- a...

  • Robert Frost Autumn Poems
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    Robert Frost Autumn Poems

    2 years ago

    Robert Frost's poems capture the nuances of seasonal change. Explore the many faces of fall while listening to audio recordings of a few Frost autumn poems.

  • Desert and Forest Ecosystems: Lesson Plans
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    Desert and Forest Ecosystems: Lesson Plans

    2 years ago

    Science comes alive when you bring a little bit of nature into the room. Luckily, even those who live in the city may find nature all around them. How about placing a little of your ecosystem into a habitat box? It's...

  • Processing Disorders: The Understimulated Brain
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    Processing Disorders: The Understimulated Brain

    2 years ago

    The book is called Fidget to Focus. I found it on the lending/ trading bookcase at my apartment building. I am not sure if it will alter the course of my life, but it has sure altered the course of my internet research...

  • The Little Prince: Truth in Metaphor
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    The Little Prince: Truth in Metaphor

    2 years ago

    Antoine de Saint Exupery's author's note on The Little Prince-- "not for grownups" -- is a bit facetious. On the one hand, The Little Prince does portray 'grownups' as folks who go around foolishly pursuing...

  • Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall': Multimedia Lesson Plans
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    Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall': Multimedia Lesson Plans

    2 years ago

    Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" can be read as an early 20th century nature poem, the tale of two neighbors who meet in April to repair the damage that the winter freeze has inflicted upon their shared wall. The...

  • Listening in on Joshua Kadison
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    Listening in on Joshua Kadison

    3 years ago

    I knew "Jessie" and "Beautiful in my Eyes" in college, but I didn't know Joshua Kadison. It's been only a couple years since I found one of his CDs on clearance at Half Price Books and took it home...

  • Promoting Critical Literacy with The Ugly Duckling
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    Promoting Critical Literacy with The Ugly Duckling

    2 years ago

    Should we close the book on a happy ending or explore the story's hidden messages? "The Ugly Duckling" is an excellent text for developing critical literacy skills.

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