If you are looking to reenergize your students while providing engaging and rigorous classroom instruction, here are four different secondary ELA teaching resources for you. All of these work well in the middle school English language arts and high school English classroom. Research Writing Unit It’s that time of year again. It’s almost research season! This resource includes editable PowerPoint presentations to help you teach the research process and MLA format to your students, PDF materials to help students through the research and writing process, and an academic vocabulary unit! Essay Writing Unit Ever since I started using my Essay Writing Unit in my classroom, my students’ have drastically improved their writing. This unit breaks down the writing process into three sections: the introduction, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion. With editable PowerPoint presentations that provide students with examples, this unit will help you help your students! Growth Mindset Es...
When teaching  novels , it is always good to have extra material in your lessons to further emphasize all that the book is saying.  Short stories  are great ways to include more detail on the novel you are reading in class. Whether the short story focuses on a similar issue that the novel explains or if the overall theme is similar, reading a short story alongside a class novel will be impactful in the way your students learn. Plus, the combination is great for  literary analysis . This post contains affiliate links, and while they have zero effect on you, I may receive a small kickback to help me run and maintain this website. Here are seven different short story and novel pairings to teach in your class: 1. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Both of these stories involve a brutal danger drawn at random required by the law. The Hunger Games places the story in a more teen-centric universe, with only teenagers directly engaged with the v...
As teachers, we all stress about the big tests our students have to take and none are more stressful and important than the SAT and ACT. The students fret over it just as much as we do, and we all want to know we are preparing them for the test as best we can. One of the sections that we can focus on without completely changing our lesson plans is vocabulary. Here are five tips on how to incorporate SAT level vocab in your classroom. 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 1. Weekly Vocab Quizzes.  This see...
One of my favorite units to teach is rhetorical analysis because I love incorporating robust, relevant, and timely texts into my classroom, especially when timely speeches perfectly coincide with classical literature we are reading. When teaching rhetorical analysis, one of the most important things to keep in mind is not what the author or speaker says, but how the author or speaker says it and why it is so effective. Once you get beyond the main ideas and supporting details and really ask your students to look at, consider, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of what the author or speaker does, then you are genuinely analyzing a text for its rhetorical merit. 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 ...
Socratic seminars are great learning tools because they allow students to voice their own questions and opinions about the subject being discussed. But with the size of classrooms constantly increasing, they can also be problematic. It becomes problematic when a few students take over the conversation. Without a teacher regulating the discussion, some students can feel left out and unable to communicate their thoughts. But that defeats the purpose of a Socratic seminar. The benefit of a Socratic seminar is that it is entirely regulated by the students. You get to sit and listen, maybe offering a comment now and then, but otherwise, the time entirely revolves around the students having an open discussion about the subject matter. 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 subscr...