With distance learning in full swing, here’s a closer look at ten resources that English teachers can digitally assign their students. All of my SMARTePlans digital resources run on the Google platform and can be posted electronically on secured learning management platforms like Google Classroom and Canvas. With any SMARTePlans resource, students can access the files via the Google Suite and type directly in the file! 5 Digital Resources for Middle School ELA SMARTePlans Digital Parts of Speech Unit This digital parts of speech unit is optimized for digital learning. Utilizing Google Docs, Forms, and Slides, this unit includes direct instruction, practice, and assessments! SMARTePlans Greek Mythology Digital Notebook Engage students in Greek mythology with this digital Greek mythology notebook. Students will learn about various Greek Gods and Goddesses. SMARTePlans Digital Grammar Task Cards These digital grammar task cards are perfect for remote learnin...
One of my favorite ways to deliver content to my students digitally (and also to save paper) is to use Google Forms in the classroom. If you haven’t used Forms before, or if you are new to using Google Forms, this blog post is for you! Google Forms is a survey-like app included in the Google suite, and it works beautifully well with Google Classroom. If you’re interested in the many ways you can use Google Forms in the classroom, you can read my previous post: 10 Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom . To start using Google Forms, you’ll want to open up a Google Form . To start, you’ll have your choice of starting a new form from scratch, or you can choose a template. I usually start one from scratch because it is easier for me. However, I also like to format my Works Cited pages manually… so, yeah. However, if you do choose to use a template, the Google Forms Template Gallery has an education category. Once you are in a new Google Form, you will want to set it up so tha...
While many people find beauty, inspiration, and even great fun in discussing the very same novels your students are learning for class, your students may find this very difficult to believe. They may not recognize the creativity and passion at work in classic novels, because in-class discussions usually take the form of a literary analysis essay. To the young mind, an essay is not typically considered as the most passionate way to talk about any subject. Show your students how invigorating literary analysis can be by introducing them to other mediums of discussion, like art or music. Many literature fans have been so exhilarated by classic novels that they felt moved to write songs or even whole albums about them - resulting in some of the best-known hits of all time! Listening to these songs may help your students better grasp the incredible power of a good narrative arch or the compelling storytelling abilities often found in many beloved works. Here are just a few example...
Here’s a list of ten resources for middle school ELA and high school English that will help you teach digitally and remotely. I've been creating digital, Google-based lessons since 2015, but here is a look at ten of my favorite. To check out all of the resources, search SMARTePlans on my TPT store. Sentence Combining Bell Ringers These sentence-combining bell ringers are the perfect way to help students improve their writing skills. This unit includes an introductory lesson that shows students a step-by-step process for how to combine sentences. It also contains several example slides and plenty of daily warm-up slides for students to complete Growth Mindset Digital Escape Room One of the most important things we can be doing right now is helping our students with their social and emotional learning right now. This Growth Mindset Escape Room is the perfect way to introduce students to growth mindset and provide them with a fun, engaging, and challenging task to complete. ...
At first, the shutdowns started slowly. School districts here and there across the nation closed for just a couple of weeks. And then things got serious -real fast. The week before my district closed was unlike any other week. In essence, my students were a bit more on edge, daily attendance slowly started dwindling, and I kept the news open on one of my computer tabs constantly refreshing it and checking it during each passing period. Schools around us started closing. The numbers in LA County increased. Entire school districts. Disneyland closed. In all honesty, it felt like the beginning of an apocalypse movie. As an avid fan of The Walking Dead, I kept thinking that this is what it must have felt like in that fictitious world as the infection started to spread. However, this isn’t fiction. It’s reality, and it is a reality for which we weren’t entirely prepared. We did not become teachers so that we could teach remotely in quarantine. And yet, here were are. However, this a...
With so many schools shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators around the world are scrambling to turn their warm, cheerful classrooms into effective digital classrooms as they attempt to master remote teaching. One thing’s for sure: It isn’t easy. That is why I recommend sticking with platforms you or your students already know. In addition to creating interactive Google-based assignments for my students, I will also be relying on educational websites. For teachers who taught in 1:1 classrooms, used Google Classroom regularly, and tried out new tech often, the switch isn’t as cumbersome. For teachers who haven’t implemented tech or who teach in areas where students don’t have access, it is an entirely different story. I cannot emphasize the importance of being flexible, compassionate, and understanding at this time.  Here’s a list of educational websites I use in my classroom that will help with teaching remotely. Please note, this is not a sponsored post, and these ...