One of the best planning tools a middle school ELA or high school English teacher can have is a detailed, unit-by-unit secondary ELA pacing guide and curriculum map . For both new and veteran teachers alike, having a pacing guide helps to provide the initial framework and structure for the lessons and activities within a set year. I remember my very first year teaching. One of the classes I was assigned was a freshman support English class. For struggling students, this was their second English class in their schedule, but it didn’t count as a high school English class -it was an elective they had to take. I had no curriculum, no planning team, no help, and I was even told NOT to use the textbook or read the standard text because the other freshman English teachers might use some of that content. It was a struggle. Had I had something like this free Secondary ELA Curriculum Map and Pacing Guide (available in both a traditional print and digital format ), I would have had more guidance...
One of the most challenging things for a (new) teacher is planning and pacing the curriculum. After all, there are so many different standards to teach, practice, and assess, and so little time. Whether you teach middle school ELA or high school English at a school where you have a strict pacing guide or if you teach at a school where you have complete freedom in your planning, planning for year-long ELS instruction is tough. I’ve taught in both situations, and each one has its positives and negatives. My secondary ELA pacing guide is a culmination of years of experience teaching high school English. Regardless of how your school is structured, every teacher in every single classroom needs to plan lessons, activities, and assessments, and figure out how much time to spend on each one. Getting the timing of it down takes a few years, and pacing and planning is something that changes with every school year. To help out teachers, I am sharing my secondary ELA pacing and plann...