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As a new teacher, I inherited an honors English class and its summer assignment. At the time, I didn't even think about it. The summer assignment was part of the class, and I used it without thinking. After a few years, I adjusted the summer assignment: clarifying the directions, offering a specific rubric, and changing some of the requirements. I never really stopped to question the act of giving a summer assignment. But I should have. #antiracist #antiracistteaching #socialjustice
The American Dream is part of the Great American Novel, especially The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. For this reason, it's important for English teachers to consider how to incorporate and introduce this concept into the language arts classroom. This strategy uses primary sources, nonfiction annotations, and informational texts to help students create a visual representation of the American dream in different times periods. This is great for teachers and students working with American lit
Self-efficacy will help students in all the areas of academic achievement. Students with higher degrees of self-efficacy are better equipped to handle and respond to trauma and their social-emotional needs. A higher degree of self-efficacy positions students to meet and exceed the benchmarks in state standards and learning targets. Finally, a higher degree of self-efficacy prepares students to climb up Maslow's hierarchy and up Bloom's taxonomy.
s the semester comes to a close, sometimes teachers begin to feel like they are making a last stand between their classroom and entropy. I know that is how I feel sometimes. My school is in a state of increasing entropy right now: we are under massive construction, we are preparing for a substantive change in how we schedule courses, and we may have altered start times next year. To say “change is in the air” would be a massive simplification.
My sophomores are getting ready to read Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Students love the political intrigue, we act everything out, and the play is a great vehicle for reviewing story elements and introducing rhetorical devices! In the past, I've struggled to find text pairings for Julius Caesar. But after years of searching, brainstorming, tweaking, and experimenting, I finally have 4 surprising and unexpected nonfiction text pairings for teaching Julius Caesar.
In four years of Moore English, we've tackled every topic from classroom management to educational technology and high school literature. Today, I've gathered my 5 favorite posts and the 20 most popular. This includes classic American literature such as The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Crucible. This also includes world literature like Things Fall Apart and The Odyssey! Celebrate 200 posts from Moore English!
Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalist essays are staples in many American literature classrooms. "Nature" became the foundation of the Transcendentalist movement and provides students with the opportunity to interact with argumentative writing, including practicing paraphrasing, using context clues, making inferences, analyzing figurative language and literary devices, analyzing syntax, determining author's purpose, analyzing connotation, and visualizing. Ready for digital or print teaching!
Synthesis is a step up from analysis. This step takes careful planning. Follow these steps to help students move to synthesis thinking! These steps and best practices will help teachers decide which texts to use for teaching synthesis thinking and will help you design a curriculum spiral that will keep students engaged and challenged.
Students overlook them. Standardized tests love them. And I didn't know what to do with them. What am I talking about? Text features. After years of apathy, I embraced text features and made them part of my professional growth plan. This is part of my teacher evaluation. By putting them into my evaluation document, I held myself accountable. Over the year, I learned lots of tips and tricks about teaching text features. And I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.
Book maps are a great visualizing tool teachers can use as part of brainstorming, drafting, or teaching the revision process. Book mapping helps students work on making text connections, synthesis level thinking, and thinking metacognitively. Book maps are also good back to school tools or first day activities. This is great for high school language arts classes or secondary English teachers.
Philosophical chairs allow students to take a stance on a topic in a non-confrontational manner. This year long activity helps students develop critical thinking and research skills, while learning how to communicate their opinions in a socially acceptable way. This activity doesn't just teach students skills to only be used in academia, but skills they can use as adults. This resource includes 50 philosophical chairs prompts, differentiated feedback forms, and inner and outer circle tickets.
Using stations in secondary English language arts is a great way to include movement in the classroom! For an English teacher, stations are a great tool for novel study, literary analysis, literature circles, and book clubs. Teachers can use them to drive intervention, small group instruction, to build classroom community, to encourage student self-efficacy, and to provide students with choice. Stations are an instructional tool for elementary teachers, middle school teachers, and high school!
Close reading and annotation are part of critical thinking in the classroom. These strategies work for any content but are especially important for English, reading, writing, and literature classes. Using these reading strategies, students can take charge of a text and their interpretation of the text. With these skills, students can analyze an author's purpose, main idea, tone, and use of language. In this post, learn the DO's and DON'Ts of assessing close reading.
American literature is a wide and varied canon. So my favorite activities, lesson plans, and ideas for teaching American literature are diverse. Includes #edtech activities, focus on literary movements, close reading, poetry analysis, rhetorical analysis, and classroom freebies. Lots of opportunities to provide inspiration for the language arts, secondary ELA, or English classroom.
This set of 20 cards asks students to read different scenarios and sort them based on their primary rhetorical appeal: ethos, pathos, or logos. Each scenario is something students could encounter in the world today, so this is a great way to demonstrate the relevance of persuasive writing. Perfect for bell work, stations, interventions, morning work, test prep, exit tickets, and small groups!
Part way through "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the speaker's husband John alludes to "Against Idleness and Mischief" by Isaac Watts. Reading this poem alongside Gilman's short story provides readers with an opportunity to synthesize across texts and genres. To facilitate this, I have included poetry annotation directions, multiple-choice questions, and an opportunity for text connections. All of this is included in a fillable .pdf and in a Google Form. #poetry #iteachela