Like teaching remotely, ending the school year while teaching remotely is anything but ideal. We miss our students and our classroom communities we’ve built. And even more upsetting is the lack of closure students, and teachers will have this year. When schools shut down in mid-March, we had no idea it would be for the entire school year. However, one of the best things we can do for our students and ourselves right now is to stay positive for our students. Here is a list of ten different end-of-the-year activities that you can do remotely with your students. Collaborative Google Slide Project With a collaborative Google Slide project, you would assign each student one Google Slide to create. Students could fill their Slide with pictures, favorite quotes from the year’s readings, what they learned from the class, or their favorite memories from the school year. The options are endless! Once everyone submits their completed Google Slide, and you compile them into one present...
One of my favorite ways to assess my students' essay-writing skills without actually assigning a traditional essay is with the graphic essay . A graphic essay is an excellent essay alternative for the middle school ELA or high school English classroom. A graphic essay is a graphic representation that contains all of the essential essay elements. It combines writing, visual elements, and design. When assigning a graphic essay, you can have students include any particular aspect from the essay that you want. Getting Started The first step to completing a graphic essay project in your classroom is to have a clear idea of the skills and content you want to assess. For example, if you are working on an argument and persuasive unit, are you looking to assess a counterargument? If you are working on an informative piece, are you looking for explanatory evidence? Once you know what you want to assess, start mapping out the student requirements. I’m pretty old-school when it c...
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 learning...
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. Activities...