Rae O.'s Profile

Rae O.
Co-Director UC Merced Writing Project
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

About Me

I have been a teacher consultant with the UC Merced Writing Project since the summer of 2001. I am currently the project’s Assistant Director for Secondary. In this capacity I have organized and facilitated Teacher-Led-Workshops; Saturday CAHSEE Academies; Young Writers’ Summer Academies; A Math Summer Academy integrating writing; CELDT Academy; and an ISAW Advanced Institute to name a few. I have participated in the CWP Statewide initiative for Improving Student Analytical Writing (ISAW) since 2001 and have been a CATE Pre-Convention presenter many times.

I have been an educator for the past 40+ years and have taught all levels of high school English from remedial to honors and freshman to seniors. I have been a Program Specialist at the district level and worked with English, Social Studies, GATE, and Career Technical Education teachers. In addition to my work with the writing project I was the Merced Regional Coordinator for Cal-PASS where I facilitated professional learning councils in Math, English Language Arts, and English Language Learners.

My professional experiences include: Coordinator for the Merced Union High School District Writing Assessment; CAHSEE Item Review Committee; AWPE Scoring; NWP Scoring Conference; ISAW Scoring; Facilitator for GEAR UP Vertical teams in the Atwater Area; and BTSA Mentor to name a few.

I am active in the educational community in Merced County and am an advocate for improved writing instruction at the secondary level.

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Apps to Review
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October 29, 2014
High School App Flows
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August 28, 2014
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August 27, 2014
Short Videos for Classroom
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August 27, 2014
Teacher Resources/Lessons
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August 27, 2014

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Addressing Reader's Needs Thru Peer Review
English Language Arts
Grade 6 – 12
6 steps
November 25, 2015
Writing from an Informed Perspective
English Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade 6 – 12
8 steps
December 7, 2014
Introducing Argumentative Writing: Toulmin Model
English Language Arts
Grade 6 – 12
5 steps
November 16, 2014
Using Short Animated Films to Teach Literary Elements: Theme
English Language Arts
Grade 6 – 10
7 steps
October 6, 2014
Literary Archetypes in Movies: The Hero's Journey
English Language Arts
Grade 6 – 10
5 steps
October 3, 2014
Analyzing Setting & Plot in the Development of Theme: "The Most Dangerous Game"
English Language Arts
Grade 9 – 10
5 steps
August 29, 2014

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Hook Students with QR Codes
posted on December 15, 2014
Adding movement and layered technology into lessons can promote engaged critical thinking.

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