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After teaching English in NYC high schools for over 10 years, I have observed that the most academic progress can be made more privately as in a one on one tutoring session. I have used unorthodox texts to teach literature analysis ranging from films as text, to using graphic novels as literature. I have had past students pass the NYS Regents exam writing about comic book characters using analytical terms that most considered strictly for Shakespeare and the cannon of "Classic Literature." I use the graphic novels as a parallel to classic literature thematically and analytically. I do not teach English...I teach children. I incorporate philosophy, science, math, cultural studies, etc. into my lessons as most students do not learn in a linear fashion.
I've been a HS English teacher for over 10 years, some of that time spent preparing students for NYS Regents exam. I have graded numerous essays over those years and have extended knowledge of what the standards of the exam are and what graders are looking for on the essays they read.
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