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I have a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University and have taught for 39 years, mostly in middle schools. My expertise is literature with a strong emphasis on writing. During my teaching career, I have had the opportunity to create a writing program in District 21, Wheeling, IL, and continued to use it in District 25, Arlington Heights, IL. My students have enjoyed the opportunity to be creative in their writings and have had the ability to enhance their skills in narrative, persuasive, and expository writings.
I have taught for 39 years, focusing on literature and language arts. My strengths in language arts have been creating a writer's workshop incorporating expository, persuasive, and narrative writings. In order for my students to write well, they need a strong handle for grammar skills. I have taught them to allow their voices to be heard in their writing; and if they have strong language skills, they will succeed.
I've taught for 39 years with middle school students. I am retired and have a strong background with gifted and advanced 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. My literature curriculum is extensive with a strong emphasis on the classics.
Teaching for 39 years in literature and writing, I have had many encounters with students who have been successful in analyzing and critically evaluating an author's voice in writing. I have always focused on the ability to have my students relate to the real world in reading classical literature.
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