Five Back-to-Basics ELA Lessons and Activities for Secondary ELA

Five Back-to-Basics ELA Lessons and Activities for Secondary ELA

One of the best ways to help students build their skills and improve their performance in a middle school ELA or high school English class is to go back to the basics and focus on the fundamentals of ELA. Here are five teaching resources to use that will help your students get back on track.

Figurative Language Teaching Bundle

This figurative language teaching bundle teaching resource includes both the digital and traditional print versions of eight different figures of speech mini-units. Each mini-unit focuses on a specific figure of speech and includes an instructional presentation, task cards, sketch notes, and practice worksheets.

Sentence Structure Teaching Unit

One of the best ways to help students improve their writing is by going back to the basics and teaching the fundamentals of sentence structure with this sentence structure teaching unit. Once students have a good understanding of complete sentences, fragments, and run-on sentences, they will then be able to apply that knowledge to their own writing. This teaching unit includes an instructional presentation, worksheets, and an assessment.

Five Back-to-Basics ELA Lessons and Activities for Secondary ELA
sentence structure teaching unit

Nonfiction Reading Escape Room

While this nonfiction reading escape room places an emphasis on test prep, this activity is also a fun and engaging way to review informational text in the classroom. By working through an escape room format for nonfiction text, students will be able to work together to improve their nonfiction reading skills. This classroom activity contains one nonfiction escape room with multiple tasks and a second nonfiction article with questions to continue practicing these skills.

Parts of Speech Mini Flipbook

A great way to introduce or review the parts of speech is to have students complete a parts of speech mini flipbook. Mini flipbooks are an ideal way to present information to students because they are hands-on activities that promote active learning. Once students complete the mini flipbook, they can either save them in their binder for future reference or glue them into their interactive notebooks.

Five Back-to-Basics ELA Lessons and Activities for Secondary ELA
parts of speech mini flipbook

Digital Grammar Review Activities

One way to incorporate grammar into your classroom instruction is to build mini-lessons and activities that focus on one grammar element at a time. This digital grammar review activity bundle includes four digital grammar activities: parallel structure, hyphens, colons, and semicolons. These digital grammar activities can be used in the classroom or as homework.

Five Back-to-Basics ELA Lessons and Activities for Secondary ELA