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How to Use Book Maps in the Classroom #mooreenglish @moore-english.com
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.
Year long philosophical chairs
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.
2020: Why Changes to the AP English Language Exam are Good for Students - Angie Kratzer
Change isn't always good, but in this case, change is GREAT. Modifications to the AP English Language and Composition exam are coming in 2020. Read Angie Kratzer's tips and take on what they mean for teachers and students.
5 Reasons to Use Stations in High School
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!
How to Assess Close Reading and Annotation
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 Activities #mooreenglish @moore-english.com
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.
Rhetoric Card Sort (Ethos, Pathos, and Logos) / Print, Google Slides, Jamboard
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!
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Paired Poem "Against Idleness and Mischief" /Google Ready
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
How to Teach the Most Difficult CCSS ELA Literature Standard
Straight talk: I think CCSS.RA.7 is a beast. As if that weren't tough enough skill-wise, this is also a monstrous standard in terms of planning. Teachers have to choose texts carefully, making sure each text meets the needs of your students, time frame, and standard. For years, I approached this standard by showing the film version of whatever novel my students were reading. This was a choice that covered a standard without really teaching it. Here's a better approach to helping students!
How to Help Students Develop Self-Efficacy @moore-english.com #mooreenglish
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.
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" SOAPSTone Analysis and Reading Questions
Getting ready to teach Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"? Here's everything you need! This file includes SOAPSTone Analysis, 10 Vocabulary and Context Clues questions, and 15 multiple choice questions! All of the material is ready to use. Answer keys included! Use the vocabulary and reading questions as pencil-and-paper worksheets or use them as a fully editable, ready-to-use, self-grading Google Form!
When Things Get Foggy: Teaching Deliberate Ambiguity
During our study of these two works, students often struggle with a few elements. First, why must the authors have such similar names? Sigh. Then, students struggle with tone, which I address through close reading. Finally, students struggle with the poem’s ambiguity. Does the speaker’s relationship with God remain positive? Or does the speaker lapse back into doubt? Since I know my students struggle with deliberate ambiguity, I’ve put together this post! #ReadingTeacher #Langauge #English
"Shooting an Elephant" Reading Analysis Questions and Writing Prompts + Rubric
George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" is a great short story about the consequences of fear, power, and identity. These questions will help students analyze the text at depth, focusing their reading and considering symbolism, point of view, and historical context. This works well alone or as part of a larger unit of short stories. Also includes writing prompts to help students respond to the text in an organized way! Rubrics included! Features a fillable .pdf, Google Forms, and Google Slides!
"Respiration" by Jamaal May Reading Analysis Questions and Extension Activity
As an 11-12 teacher, I'm always looking for poems my students haven't already read. I'm also looking for texts that leave matters uncertain.Jamaal May's work fits these needs and interests. He is a living black poet whose work most of my students have never explored. He's also a deft writer whose writing leaves readers with room for inference. In the case of "Respiration," May builds a powerful motif and uses a small moment to explore much larger parts of the human experience.
World Literature Teaching Resources
When I started teaching World Literature a few years ago, I had a hard time finding a credible collection of resources that covered literature from a global perspective. Oftentimes, I would find information about Greek mythology and European literature but not enough literature from non-Western cultures. That's why I started this collection of poems, short stories, and lesson plans. Exposing students to world literature is part of unpacking privilege and teaching for social justice. #iteachela