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The Big Six is a tool that I developed in graduate school to help teachers take a consistent, rigorous, and focused approach to teaching poetry analysis. When teaching poetry, the goal for teachers is simple: GET OUT OF THE WAY. The worst damage we can do as teachers is setting the stage for teacher-led and teacher-dictated conversations about poems, what they mean, and how they should be interpreted. Here are 30 poems to help you do that in your classroom. #poetry #teachingpoetry
These are my best tips and tricks for effectively and efficiently teaching and grading literary analysis essays. From designing the question to making the rubric work for a more holistic approach, this is the first post in a series of articles to help teachers streamline their writing instruction and become better, faster graders! #writingteacher #gradingessays #englishteacher
If you're looking to recommit yourself to new, invigorating ways of teaching, this is the best place to start - 10 ideas to try in 2019! Re-excite your ELA classroom with escape rooms, podcasting, new approaches to reading instruction, and even fun new ways of experiencing grammar. #elateaching #englishteacher #teachingideas #englishteachingideas #englishlessonplans
Finally! A cell phone policy that works at the high school level. Here is a tutorial for setting this policy up in your own classroom!
If you're ready to take on the role of team leader at your grade level or curriculum committee, you'll need to be prepared. Here are the top tips to keep you organized, focused, and effective as a leader at the high school or middle school level in your English Department. Be the best ELA teacher-leader you can be with these ideas and a free download.
Here's how to most easily navigate through a first attempt at writing and implementing a new curriculum for a new novel in your secondary ELA classroom. #essentialquestions #inquiryunits #curriculumdesign #elacurriculum
Socratic seminar is an excellent and engaging way for students to practice higher order thinking skills. This 56-slide PowerPoint resource with printables is a Socratic seminar featuring the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes. A well-organized protocol for conducting a formal discussion or Socratic seminar based on Hughes’ poem and more than ten pre and post seminar activities are included. #socraticseminar #poetry #langstonhughes
Engage your inner Shakespeare with our fun and interactive activity! Discover the world of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and more, while enhancing your creativity and critical thinking skills. Perfect for students, teachers, and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike, this activity is a must-try for anyone looking to unlock their love for the bard. Join us now and let's bring Shakespeare to life!
Whether you're preparing for a socratic seminar or an argumentative essay, this is the outline of a unit to do either. This mini unit plan contains ten sources for students to read, a prompt to respond to, two outline options, and lesson plan ideas for teachers. Using textual evidence as a basis for discussion in high school English is critical for college readiness. Take your lesson plans to the next level using inquiry-based teaching and a student centered approach.