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Author Archives: edunstan

Reflections

I did not have a particularly successful October in my internship, though I started the month off feeling very confident. Coming out of undergrad, I felt like I had a solid foundation of knowledge, both English and pedagogy related, to use as I worked with my eighth graders in a Title I, majority-minority school. All … Continue reading »

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My Transformative Experience

I was tasked with writing a 500 word statement on a transformative experience that has happened during my time in the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington. There was only one possible thing I could write about, but it is deeply personal. I avoided writing this but in the end have found … Continue reading »

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Unit Lesson Plan

I have enjoyed creating a lesson using digital technology this semester. Some of the tools I can see myself using in the future, but others completely frustrated me. I actually found a piece of software that allows you to annotate website (InsertLearning) for this class and could not find a good way to integrate it … Continue reading »

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Teaching of English Unit

Here is my unit lesson for the book Monster by Walter Dean Myers. Monster-Unit

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Real or Fake?

As my middle-schoolers are using technology more to learn the importance of media literacy, I have been giving them examples or resources that I have personally vetted to make sure the information I present my students is always accurate and factual. I felt that they needed to learn the basics how to analyze things found … Continue reading »

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Flipped SuperBowl Classroom

Most of what my students have been looking at when dealing with persuasive advertisements in previous lessons have been static images or words, so I wanted them to start connecting how imagery and word choice are important in video commercials as well. The exit-ticket for the class period before this one will ask the students … Continue reading »

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Interactive Whiteboard Activity

Continuing my trend of having my seventh grade students learn about persuasive writing through different forms of media, this lesson has students look at modern advertisements to introduce the concept of pathos, ethos, and logos. I wanted the students to be aware that peer pressure exists in the form of media and pop culture; by … Continue reading »

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Life Stories Told in Ink

I’m a Millennial and like all stereotypical nerdy non-conformists, I have tattoos to help tell my life story. My starfish on my foot reminds me that every step I make, I can be making a difference. Every step I take can be and should be towards making the world a better place. The starfish story … Continue reading »

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On Learning to Write

By the time I entered kindergarten as a just-turned-5-year-old, I already knew how to read and write. The reading came when I was three and jealous of the attention my six year old sister got when she worked on her 1st grade assignments. I too wanted to be near my parents with a book at … Continue reading »

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My Application Essay to UMW

I originally didn’t get into the University of Mary Washington after applying to transfer from Northern Virginia Community College. I had mediocre grades from my own lack of trying and from what turned out to be only the beginning of my journey of chronic health problems and disabilities. My original essay lacked any soul. It … Continue reading »

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