Reading a whole novel over the course of a few weeks can leave students drained and exhausted. By the time students complete the book and go to take the final exam or quiz over the book’s contents, they may have forgotten some essential elements. Take the time to review each novel with your class before assigning the final test. When I plan my schedule, I usually have students take the test after they turn in their essays. Not only does this help students review, but it also gives me a class day to grade essays! Here are four critical topics to cover in your class novel review. Plot Sequence Analyzing the specific order of events in a narrative will outline some specific points in the plot. Identifying the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution will help students review and remember the critical incidents of the novel’s plot. One way I like to do this is through a jigsaw activity. Students will work together in small groups, and each group will iden...
Movement in the classroom is beneficial for many reasons. First and foremost, getting up to move in the classroom might help anxious students relieve stress. Moving around during class also helps to reduce stress, and it helps to get our blood circulating. Here are five ways to incorporate movement in your classroom to improve learning and student engagement. Here is a list of 8 ways you can add movement to your classroom while also incorporating student accountability. 1. Collaborative Brainstorming There are so many positive benefits that stem from collaborative brainstorming . Not only do students get to learn from and teach one another, they also gain self-confidence. To conduct group brainstorming in your classroom, assign a variety of different topics to each group. Each group should have a different topic. Students will get up and move to work with their new group. This activity also lends itself to a gallery walk activity to promote even more movement in the classroom...
Sometimes the best way to improve your classroom is by stepping out of it…and walking down the hall to the library. Your school’s library has a vast number of resources just waiting for you and your students to take advantage of. Most importantly, your librarian is there to help with all of your classroom needs. Here are a few things to know about your school’s library. 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 Please sign me up Subscribe You will not receive spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit Electronic Resources School libraries have access to many online and downloadable r...
Older literature can be hard to teach sometimes in the modern age. Language can become misinterpreted, students might not be interested, or the stories just don’t have the same meaning anymore. However, current pop culture does replicate and successfully take on the messages of this older literature. Watch any television show, read any new book, or listen to the latest music, you can see the elements of classical literature. Here are some shows to check out to give a new spin on the classics: 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 Please sign me up Subscribe You will not receive spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time. ...
The short story is the backbone of the English class. Learning how to read through one, how to analyze , and seeing the different pieces of imagery and metaphor that can be found in it. However, writing short stories is something that can significantly help students. It’s a way to exercise the brain through the different creative processes that go into it. Much of learning nowadays is focused on the mathematical and analytical side of the brain. Creativity is not always seen as an important thing within schools as compared with test scores. However, students need to be able to exercise the creative side of their brain. Otherwise, they start to think of things in one particular way and are not open to other ways of thought. Since there is this focus on the analytical side of student’s brains, students often feel limited in ways to express their creativity. This is an excellent way to give students that freedom to think about situations that they or others they know might be i...