Teaching poetry this month? Whether you are looking for more ways to gear up for National Poetry Month or projects to make poetry fun , I’ve got you covered. Here is a look at five of my favorite teaching lessons and activities for teaching poetry! Sticky Note Poetry Analysis This sticky note poetry analysis teaching resource includes everything you need to teach your next poetry unit. This poetry teaching unit includes an instructional teaching presentation for direct instruction, suggested poems to teach, and plenty of hands-on and engaging poetry analysis organizers. Poetry Analysis Task Cards Incorporate these poetry analysis task cards in your next poetry teaching unit. These task cards can be used with any poem of your choosing, and there are 40 unique task cards. These poetry task cards also make the perfect addition to a poetry station activity in the classroom. Poetry Analysis Mini Flip Book Your students will love creating this poetry analysis mini flip book . As your stu...
While I am a huge advocate of assigning writing to students at the beginning of the school year , middle school ELA and high school English teachers can assign narrative writing at any point in the year. Teaching students about narrative writing and assigning a narrative writing project helps students work on their creativity, while also focusing on important literary elements. I explain to my students that just like the short stories that we read and analyze in class, they also need to create a setting that enhances the lot. Just like the short stories we read and analyze in class, they also need to fully develop the protagonist and antagonist. Once students see this connection, they become stronger readers and writers. To help with this concept, my narrative writing teaching unit helps walk students step-by-step throughout the process. Here are 10 narrative writing prompts to consider using in your classroom. Personal Narrative Prompts When I choose one of these personal narrative ...
Teaching students how to write argumentative papers can be a challenging task. From teaching students how to include and refute the counterclaim to ensure students find the most relevant evidence to support their claims, teachers have their work cut out for them. When I teach students how to write argument essays , I like to introduce challenging concepts to my students using ideas and topics they are familiar with. By doing this, I help them understand more complex ideas in a simple and easy-to-understand way. Teaching Argument Essay Writing Step 1: Develop the Claim One of the first steps in helping students write an argument essay is developing the claim. Students need to understand that a claim is a debatable statement that they can back up and support using evidence and reasoning. Once students have a good idea about their essay's claim, they can start writing their essay. To teach students what a claim is, I'll write a series of statements on the board, and we will have a...
When it comes to teaching argument essays in the high school English classroom, I prefer to provide the students with some choice for their essay topics. By including students in the essay topic selection process, they feel more included in the process, but they will also be more engaged because they will feel like they have a say in their assignment. When assigning a hot topic or controversial issue argumentative essay , I always let students select a topic in which they are passionate. However, I also make it clear that their topic cannot be discriminatory or hateful in any way and that they must fund valid and credible evidence to back up their claims. When I do this in the classroom, I also like to make sure that only one student per class has the same topic. I unusually have essay topic sign-ups in two different ways, and both are first come first serve. One way that works is that I usually open up topic selection either before or after school. The students know about the day in a...
Intersectionality - what exactly is it, and why does it matter in the classroom? For many, intersectionality might appear to be just another one of those sanctimonious buzzwords. While the term's everyday usage, especially over the internet, has spread like wildfire over the past few years, it is essential for teachers and students to understand intersectionality. Intersectionality is more than just a trending word at the center of a tweet; it is an idea and practice that has a far-reaching impact on the daily operations of our world and our students' worlds. Here are some tips on how to not only to explain intersectionality to students so that they can effectively apply it to their study of character, but also to help apply that understanding to the day-to-day activities of your classroom. 1. Start with a broad definition of the term, allowing yourself and students to explore analogies. Oxford dictionary defines intersectionality as "the interconnected nature of social ...
Embedding quotes within a larger piece of writing is another one of those elusive skills that can be a challenge to break down and teach. It’s not a skill that students learn through osmosis or some other mystical way. Teaching students how to embed quotes takes a lot of scaffolding, examples, and practice. And because I like to break down complex skills into smaller steps, I thought I would share some resources to help! Teaching students how to effectively and seamlessly embed direct quotes and paraphrases into their writing, especially literary analysis , can be overwhelming for both teacher and student, which is why I offer 3 Tips for Teaching Writing in the Secondary ELA Classroom . Here, I encourage educators that when teaching writing, it’s very important to break down the process into manageable steps and focus on one skill at a time, building time into your instruction for repetition and lots of practice. Resources for Teaching Embedding Quotes To help the ever-busy teacher wit...