I have taught university undergraduates, high school students, adult English language learners, and adults with intellectual disabilities. Below you'll find links to materials that I created to use with my students. These are "View Only" Google files that you are welcome to copy, edit, and adapt for your own classroom, for homeschooling, or for any other not-for-profit purpose.


The materials here so far were created for the ELA classroom. I intend to add ESL and creative writing resources in the future. Please check back!





Vocabulary Lessons

Fifty 11th-12th-grade level tier two vocabulary words that can be taught over the course of ten weeks. Each set of five words has an Intro document plus an Extension document with exercises to facilitate acquisition and retention of each word, rather than just memorization. Aligned with ELA Common Core Standards RL.11-12.4, RI.11-12.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.


The first four sets of words are all from the novel Siddhartha. Further resources for teaching this novel are below.


Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse) and the Hero's Journey


Evaluating Digital Information

When I taught this unit, I used a lot of materials from Stanford History Education Group's Civic Online Reasoning series, in addition to what I created below. Aligned with ELA Common Core standard W.11-12.8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience.


The Serengeti Rules

Guided Viewing Questions and extension activities for Nature documentary streaming free from PBS.com

Aligned with ELA Common Core standards: RI.11-12.3: Analyze a complex set of ideas and explain how ideas interact and develop over the course of a text.

RI.11-12.4: Analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of key terms over the course of a text.

RI.11-12.10: Read and understand informational texts proficiently and independently.


"A History of Chocolate"

Article from History.com adapted to a simpler reading level. This accompanying slide show should be shown before reading the article for students to assess what they think they already know about chocolate, then again after reading the article to assess what they learned. I used this reading and slide show as a complement to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is a fun vocabulary review activity I also created to go with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Reading Comprehension Questions for chapters 1-9 of The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez



Journal Writing Prompts

Slideshow of twelve+ slides, each giving students a choice of an intriguing quote, a comic, and/or a prompt to respond to. The comics were all created by my marvelous brother Mike Elliott. You can check out more of his work at "Will five o'clock never come?" The prompts are borrowed from Picadilly's 300 Writing Prompts.