The Literary Maven: 9 Historical Fiction Titles to Recommend to Your High School Students
Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read because I love history (maybe I should have been a social studies teacher). It's also a genre I love to recommend to students because they learn about an issue, event, or time period as they are reading. Her
How To Build A New Novel Unit From Scratch — Mud and Ink Teaching
After teaching for ten years and then switching schools, I was very quickly reminded of how much work goes into writing curriculum from scratch. For a long time, I was in a happy place of continual revision of curriculum that I liked, but was tweaking here and there for relevance, rigor, and for fun. Now? It’s intergalactic chaos. All that aside, however, it’s also invigorating and exciting. I would call myself “a curriculum person” because this kind of blank slate challenges me in a way t
Jack the Ripper: Analyzing Tone and Bias in Nonfiction
Jack the Ripper. One of the most notorious serial killers of all time. And he was never caught. There are over 100 theories about his identity. If you're looking for a high-interest nonfiction topic to get your students interested in analyzing nonfiction, this is it! This activity has two parts. This high-interest nonfiction unit is sure to catch the attention of reluctant readers across levels. #bespokeela #englishteacher #iteachela #iteachenglish #secondaryela #2ndaryela #tone #bias
The Literary Maven: Classic Literature for the Secondary Classroom: 10 Titles Still Worth Teaching
Classic literature is considered classic for good reason; it's characters are relatable and it's themes are timeless. If you are making additions to or revising the reading list for your English Language Arts course, here's 10 classic literature titles th
First Chapter Friday Book List + Activities
Need a book list and activities for your First Chapter Friday program? In this curriculum set for high school students, find a book list with great Friday reads, sketchnotes templates to keep students engaged as they listen, and posters and bookmarks for helping keep your First Chapter Friday books front of mind for your students. #firstchapterfriday #choicereading #weneeddiversebooks
Discussion Reflection One Pager
If you are looking a great discussion reflection over any reading assignment in your middle or high school ELA classroom, this free discussion resource is perfect! This one page reading reflection will ask the questions to get your students thinking about the text and start a great discussion. This resource is digital and printable so it is great for in person learning or distance learning!
"Junk Journal" Novel Project for ANY NOVEL: A Creative Way to Express Analysis
For this creative project, students will create a "junk journal" representation of their interpretation of a novel. This project works for any text in secondary ELA and presents an engaging way for students to interpret literature. #creativeprojects #novelstudy #readingworkshop #projectbasedlearning #englishteacher #secondaryela #readingworkshop #writingworkshop #novelprojects #bookclub
The Literary Maven: Young Adult Literature for the Secondary Classroom: 21 Titles Worth Checking Out
Out with the old and in with the new! Contemporary young adult literature has so much to offer when used in the classroom. Its topics resonate with students and its characters are relatable; students can find parts of themselves in the novels. If you are
Narrative Writing: Choose Your Own Adventure Story
Get students having fun with distance learning by creating a choose-your-own-adventure story. From the brainstorming, to the outlining, to the organizing of Google Slides, to the writing, this lesson is a fun class bonding moment as well as a great creative expression for students feeling lonely in quarantine. Students write for possible different outcomes for their novel after finishing it.
Free Resource from BespokeClassroom.com
Find 50+ free resources for teaching secondary ELA at #bespokeela. Resources are print-ready. Find activities and lessons for reading, writing, speaking, and listening for middle school and high school English Language Arts. #englishteacher #elateacher #iteachenglish #iteachela #bookclub #closereading #readingworkshop #literaryanalysis
Yes, YOU CAN! Use PDF Files for Distance Learning — Bespoke ELA: Essay Writing Tips + Lesson Plans
Teaching online certainly comes with its share of obstacles and roadblocks. It also forces us as educators to become more innovative in our practices and approaches; however, there are so many amazing tech tools to help circumvent these issues— even if a file happens to be a PDF. Here are three ways to use PDF files for online teaching, distance learning. #covidteaching #teachertips #techtips #onlineteaching #distancelearning #remoteteaching
How to Build a Writer's Toolkit for Students — Bespoke ELA: Essay Writing Tips + Lesson Plans
A writer’s toolkit is a resource for students to use as a reference guide during writing workshop. A writer’s toolkit can take the form of a digital folder or even physical folder. Both options can work for students depending upon the needs of your students— or your individual preference.Here are the basic steps for building a writer’s toolkit for students to use during writing workshop throughout the school year. #writingworkshop #writersworkshop #essaywriting #essay #englishteacher
THE COMPLETE MAUS | MAUS I & II BUNDLE | INTERACTIVE LEARNING MAUS
MAUS II (test, questions, teacher notes) PRINT OR DIGITAL 29 PAGES AND 22 SLIDES *10 PAGES OF TEACHER NOTES – some of these notes are my own but others are from the Jewish Virtual Library, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, and from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. *10 SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS IN PRINT FORM *12 SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS IN SLIDES *22 GOOGLE SLIDES! A MULTIPLE-CHOICE TEST with 20 questions, answers, and page numbers. CLICK TO SEE MORE!
The Complete Gothic Unit for High School-- Close Readings, Assessments + MORE!
This high-interest bundle contains 50+ items for teaching Gothic literature to high school students. It includes close readings of novel passages, short stories, and poetry along with creative writing assignments, assessments, and fun stuff! Students LOVE Gothic literature, and these readings + activities are a sure way to motivate students to read, write, speak, and listen. #gothic #readingworkshop #frankenstein #dracula #poe
The Literary Maven: Two Sentence Horror Stories: Build Students' Writing Skills Even on Halloween
This year I am pushing my students to write and rewrite, to look at their word choice and choose stronger verbs and more specific nouns, to add sensory details. On Halloween, we'll do all that and work through the entire writing process in just one class as we write two sentence horror stories.
Slide Show Book Report Project Template | Paperless Post-Reading Assessment
This Slide Presentation Book Report is no-prep, fully editable, and paperless. You can change, add, or remove slides in the template to fit your needs. Directions are included on each slide so you could leave this project with a sub, or assign as homework/ independent work, etc.
Argument Prompt: Does a hashtag create real social change?
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.