As a middle school ELA or high school English teacher, there is so much content to teach students. From teaching essay writing to reading comprehension, grammar to listening skills, ELA teachers have a lot of content to cover. Here's a look at 10 middle school ELA and high school English lessons to include in your classroom. Essay Writing Bundle - This resource breaks down the essay writing process into manageable chunks with a mini-units that focus on the introduction and thesis, body paragraphs and topic sentences, and the conclusion. New Years' Resolution with Sticky Notes  - I update this resource every year, and I recently updated it for 2020! These activities combine growth mindset qualities with New Year's goals and resolutions. It's the perfect way to jump into the New Year. Synthesis Writing Bundle - If you are looking to add rigor and engagement to your upcoming argument writing unit, I've got you covered. Each synthesis writing unit include...
With so many different forms of media readily accessible at the tap of a finger, teachers have lots of content from which to choose. Here are seven different forms of media that teachers can use to help teach writing to students. Magazine articles Magazines contain a variety of writing. From in-depth news stories to personal profiles, magazines offer lengthier text that provides readers with more detail. Showing your class the variety of stories that magazines publish can help students understand the different kinds of writing there are that can make an impact. Students can use magazine articles as mentor texts for lengthier writing assignments that don't fit the standard five-paragraph mold. Television shows Television show writing is a little different than the writing students may be used to, but there are still benefits from studying it. It may seem ridiculous to study television, as people often view TV solely for entertainment purposes. However, studying television...
Teaching in the second quarter and toward the end of the first semester can be a bit tough. The novelty of the new school year has worn off, October is long, and winter break is just a bit too far away still. However, there are quite a few positives that the second quarter of the school year brings. For one, your students know all of your classroom routines, and your body has completely adjusted to school time. Here’s a look at ten classroom lessons and activities that I like to teach and include in my classroom in the second quarter of the school year. Argument Writing - Students love a good argument essay prompt, and this unit includes all of the materials that you’ll need to teach your students about argumentative essay writing. It includes student writing resources and an editable PowerPoint presentation for direct instruction. Writing in the Third Person - If you are anything like me right about now, you’ve assigned your students their first essay and quickly r...
This is a sponsored post by Listenwise.com. If you haven’t checked out Listenwise.com yet, you and your students are missing out on some fantastic listening-based lessons and activities in the middle school and high school classroom. As a high school English teacher at a public school that participates in annual state standardized tests, I definitely feel the pressure to adequately prepare my students so that they do their best on the test. Not only do state tests contribute to school funding, indexing, and ranking, but in California, a junior’s score on the state test gets printed on their transcript and can affect Cal State college admissions. The stakes are pretty high. There are quite a few ways that I help prepare my students for state testing, and one of them is by focusing on the lowest scoring testing strand: listening. Currently, 22 states have a listening component on their state tests, and not just in California, but throughout the entire nation, students score the ...
If there’s one thing that students of all ages love and find joy in, it’s music. Thanks to technology, streaming services make all kinds of music available to anyone with a smartphone or a laptop. Mixing and matching favorite tracks and creating playlists is a rite of passage to tweens and teens; a marker of their ability to decide what they like and dislike for themselves. So why not incorporate that into your curriculum? Incorporating music into selected reading units can transform and channel that strong sense of individuality and autonomy into excitement for literature and developing critical thinking skills. The key? Playlists, Playlists, Playlists! You’ve probably heard your students discussing their playlists, whether they’re talking about the songs they love, exchanging customized collections as gifts, or ribbing each other about their respective musical guilty pleasures. Siphon that passionate energy and self-driven creativity into classroom assignments using that v...
This post is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. As a high school English teacher, I love helping students learn and strive for their best possible future. One way that high school girls can achieve excellence is by joining the Girl Scouts of the USA. Research shows that Girl Scouts are more likely than non–Girl Scouts to achieve academic excellence. When it comes to teamwork, hands-on learning and reflection, and decision making, Girl Scouts will overachieve. One of the highest honors Girl Scouts can earn is the Gold Award . The 2019 10 National Gold Award Girl Scouts are remarkable girls who are making a positive impact in their communities and in the world. These girls are exemplary role models for our students. And while there are ten girls who earn the honor of the National Gold Award Girl Scout, any high school Girl Scout can earn their Gold Award. Furthermore, any girl in high school may join Girl Scouting for the first time and still be eligible to become a Gol...