When teaching literature to secondary ELA students, it is important to include and angle to approach to the novel. An appropriate approach to literature is necessary for any reader to understand and appreciate a text fully. For students, a lens matching the text can not only help their understanding of the reading but their general strength in English courses as well. The following are four critical approaches to literature that will help students grow as readers as well as short-stories that students can read while learning about these approaches. The Feminist Approach: The feminist approach to literature encourages students to analyze the relationships between characters while considering gender roles. It highlights an existing hierarchy while forcing readers to consider the historical context of the piece. Feminist literature is an essential tool for readers and writers alike as it provides a voice while provoking personal reflection. Students looking to analyze a short-story th...
Along with practicing interviewing skills, another set of skills that high school juniors and seniors should hone are writing personal resumes and cover letters. The skill of self-promotion is one that students will need for many years to come and can be the difference between gaining or losing a golden opportunity. Written below are a few quick tips to help students make the best first impression to potential employers on paper. The Cover Letter Much like the dozens of essays students have written across their high school career, a cover letter should make a clear and concise point, namely, why the writer deserves and would be a good fit for the position he or she is applying for. For this reason, students need to write a cover letter for every position they apply for that is written specifically for the position advertised. They can’t and shouldn’t make an all-purpose cover letter that generally describes how the writer is a “good worker.” Such cover letters tend to be too vagu...
Teaching writing has always been my favorite part of a class. From short stories to essays , I like to provide my students with fun and engaging topics and prompts to help them learn to love writing. However, it seems like every time that it comes time for papers, many students have a hard time thinking of something to write. Everyone gets writer’s block. It’s not something new, but it something that people have an issue addressing a lot of the time. Sometimes, it can be uncomfortable for students to admit that they are struggling to come up with an idea, or that they have the idea, but just don’t know how to start. So here are three ways to help your students through their writer’s block. Join my email list! Subscribe to receive updates from The Daring English Teacher. Thank you for subscribing! You will soon receive updates, freebies, and teaching ideas. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address ...
This past school year I started incorporating mini flip books into my instruction, and I absolutely love how they have transformed the way I teach and review content with my students. Middle school and high school students are still kids, and every once in a while they need some “down” time in the classroom. That is why mini flip books are so great. As the students assemble to books, they get several minutes to themselves. As they cut out and assemble the pages, I allow them to listen to music, chat with friends, or keep quietly to themselves. My only request is that my students have their books assembled by the time the timer goes off. Side note: when my students assemble the books, I display a timer on my projector and give them 15 minutes to color, cut out, and staple their books. On assembly day, I display all of the paper on a table. I make sure that I place them in order from the first page to the last page, and I also set out a class set of scissors. I then dismiss ...