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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

    3 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

    4 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...

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

    10 months 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

    3 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...

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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 months 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

    13 months 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.

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

    3 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 you," and "I'm...

  • Dolls for Native American Children
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    Dolls for Native American Children

    3 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 largely from the...

  • South Asian Dolls
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    South Asian Dolls

    3 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...

  • A Doll for a Boy
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    A Doll for a Boy

    3 years ago

    I keep reading about the importance of doll play in girls' development and thinking, What about the boys? I was planning on looking into the subject of dolls for boys before too long, but I got a bit of a push. Someone...

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

    3 months 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

    3 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 Dolls: Growing Diversity
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    Multicultural Dolls: Growing Diversity

    3 months ago

    I got my older niece a dollhouse, and now I'm considering an "heirloom gift" for the younger one. A doll, perhaps, but not just any one. I keep turning back to look at a particular one: a beautiful little Indian doll...

  • Dolls for Older Kids
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    Dolls for Older Kids

    3 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

    13 months ago

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

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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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...

  • Shabby Chic Studio Apartment
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    Shabby Chic Studio Apartment

    3 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

    10 months 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

    4 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

    3 months 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

    3 months 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 en-swirled...

  • One Room Living
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    One Room Living

    3 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

    3 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.

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

    3 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

    3 months 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 wrong...

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

    3 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 poem can...

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

    3 months 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.

  • The Velveteen Rabbit: Classic and Audio Editions
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    The Velveteen Rabbit: Classic and Audio Editions

    3 months ago

    The Velveteen Rabbit is the story of a toy bunny that's rewarded for his faithfulness, for loving and being loved, but only after his fur has been worn off and he's become contaminated with scarlet fever germs. Once he...

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