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Whole-Group Lesson:

“Stretching Out a Scene”


After my students had trouble showing a scene in their fantasy short stories, I designed a PowerPoint to model step-by-step how to stretch out an important scene, using The Lion King as a “text.” This was the introductory lesson to a six-day revision process. Reflected here are many of the strategies I use on a daily basis to engage students, including humor, multimedia, and even just having students come to the front for mini-lessons.

  1. National Board Certified Teacher

  1. Exceptional class management skills & structures

  1. High expectations for and strong rapport with students

  1. Collaborate regularly across departments & grades and present PD to share best practices

  1. Skilled at using Workshop Model, student-led discussions, and Project-Based Learning to excite students about reading, writing, and history

  1. Energetic & passionate

Stretching Out A Scene

Detective Rover Mystery

The Greek Game

Intro to Reader’s Workshop

Sample activities & Lessons

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Greek Book Project

Museum Scavenger Hunt

Intro to Tone & Mood

Personal Persuasive Essay

Writing a Literary Essay

The Punctuation Song


English Language Arts

Sample Rubrics/Peer-Editing

Street Art Project

Intro to Writer’s Workshop

Sample Materials created for Professional development

Class Management Workshop

Middle School Grammar Packet

Demo Lessons & Other videos

DVD Yearbook Montage


At the end of every year, I create a DVD yearbook for each of my Humanities classes; this is the opening video montage from one of them. It’s a strong representation of the hands-on activities and projects I create*, and how I make the classroom itself a conduit for learning, where students can walk in and immediately know, “This is a place where learning happens.”

(*“Oracle Shells” & “Pyramid-Building” not self-designed; “Little Shop of Horrors” and “PEEC” completely organized by other teachers)

I asked for permission from parents to post these videos online. For privacy reasons, students who were not in my class or whose parents didn’t respond to my request have had their faces blurred.

Small-Group Lesson:

“On Turning Ten”


In this lesson for our Poetry Unit, students were asked to analyze Billy Collins’ “On Turning Ten” through group dialogue and personal connections, using evidence from the text to back up their assertions. This was the first time students had done extended small-group discussions, but the underlying strategies and structures they learned in their partnerships were very present.

Egyptian Jeopardy

Collage © Belen Serra Lara; used with permission

Final Exam Review Packets

Great Depression Video Project

(for To Kill a Mockingbird)

Ecotopia Project

(Humanities/Science/Visual Arts)

Human Nature Visual Essay

(for Lord of the Flies & “The Lottery”)

Shakespearean Newspaper

(for Romeo & Juliet)

The China Game

(introductory trailer)