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11-12 Poetry Inference Bundle (5 Poems, 50+ Pages) / Print + Digital
CCSS.ELA.11-12.1 is a standard I spent a lot of time teaching because it is *the* inference standard. So I come back to this standard again and again. For this reason, I collect poems that lend themselves to making inferences. However, since inference doesn't exist in a vacuum, I also use these texts to reinforce a variety of other skills including main idea, point of view, text structure, word choice, syntax, mood, and tone. #EnglishTeacher #TeachingEnglish #LanguageArts #ELA #2ndaryELA #ELA
Paired Texts for Teaching The Odyssey / Moore English
This year I started teaching ninth grade for the first time in decades. And that meant I needed paired texts for Homer's The Odyssey. I found these nine texts, including poems and songs, to pair with the epic hero story. These texts are ideal for teaching allusion, tone, synthesis, theme, historical context, close reading, inference, and main idea.
Direct Quotation, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing Graphic Organizers
Before writing an essay, it's important to review the differences between using direct quotations, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Plus, it's helpful for students to practice the different citations for each type of evidence.To help teachers achieve these goals, I have put together a collection of graphic organizers that help students practice using direct quotes, turning the quote into a paraphrase and summary. As a challenge, some of the graphic organizers ask for MLA-style Works Cited entries.
To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans
When my students read To Kill a Mockingbird, we are working on a variety of skills, including synthesizing main idea and themes across texts. With this novel study, students can practice story elements, plot and conflict, characterization, making and supporting inferences, determining theme, and making connections to the real world. I've put together a variety of lesson plans for Harper Lee's classic novel, including writing prompts, paired texts, multiple choice questions, and journals
Everything You Need to Know About Anchor Charts #mooreenglish @moore-english.com
Anchor charts are a way of life in elementary and middle school classrooms. But they should also be part of you high school instruction! Anchor charts are an essential instructional tool for secondary ELA teachers. Bring your language arts classroom to the next level with anchor charts for author's purpose, theme, rhetoric, classroom norms, discussion norms, drama, rhetoric, and so much more! These are my favorite secrets and insights for teaching English!
Analyze Test Data in 6 Steps Educational Blog / Moore English
Analyzing assessment data is an important part of teaching. After students take summative and formative assessments, teachers and data teams have a valuable opportunity to gain insight into the needs and strengths of students. These are 6 simple steps teachers and data teams can take to make the most meaningful data conversation and to build data walls, data binders, and to see data trends.
"Anthem for Doomed Youth" Poetry Analysis Questions / Google Ready + PDF
Wilfred Owen's "Anthem for Doomed Youth" is a visceral, powerful, and challenging poem. His words continue to resonate across the generations. The lesson includes a pre-reading and annotation guide, analysis questions, and context clues questions. Overall, this poem is a great tool for analyzing text structure, historical context, vocabulary, tone, and author's purpose. With this set, students will practice their inference and paraphrasing skills, too!
Everything You Need to Teach Historical Criticism
At my school, our American literature class is mostly chronological. Students move from early American writing to the contemporary period. In the course, students have the opportunity to analyze the development of American literature. By the end of the year, students are well-versed in historical criticism. With this in mind, I wanted to share some strategies, resources, and text suggestions for introducing historical criticism.
7 Inspired Ways to Teach Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a staple in many British literature and AP literature courses. Jane Austen's social satire is biting, and the novel provides students with opportunities to practice with irony, characterization, tone, and so much more! With these ideas, teachers can engage ANY student in study of this famous novel! I've also included some fun Victorian literature poetry pairings, modern adaptations, and synthesis opportunities!
How to Get Students Excited About Macbeth / Moore English
Macbeth was the first Shakespeare play I ever taught, and it helped me appreciate how much fun your students can have while acting out a drama in the classroom! Here are some of my favorite activities and lessons to use with William Shakespeare's Macbeth. This includes pre-reading activities, guided reading, writing, making connections, synthesizing, visualizing, and applying literary criticism. Macbeth is a great candidate for a British literature or AP literature class!
Pride and Prejudice Anticipation Guide Freebie / Google Ready and Fillable PDF
Pride and Prejudice is a perennial best seller, but engaging students in Jane Austen’s work can be challenging. That’s where an anticipation guide becomes essential. Using an anticipation guide can help students activate prior knowledge and schema before they even begin to read the novel.
What is your teacher truth? @mooreenglish.com #mooreenglish
As teachers, we must be life-long learners, so having the ability to revise our beliefs is essential. As your practice evolves, so will your educational philosophy, and that’s okay. That is all a sign that you are growing as an educator. This all leads you to figure out your teacher truth, your teacher identity your teaching philosophy.
Point of View Gap Fill / Print + Digital / $1 Deal / PDF + Google Slides
Early in the semester, my students use this quick gap fill to review point of view. Students usually complete this worksheet in groups, as homework, or at literacy stations. For me, this is as much a refresher for students as it is a formative assessment. This is a tool to help students revisit a concept they have already learned. This is also a good worksheet to use as test prep or test review. Includes a fillable .pdf and Google Slides, so this is a perfect review for distance learning!
How to Begin and End Classroom Discussions #mooreenglish @moore-english.com
Elevate classroom discussions and make every discussion meaningful with these four simple pre- and post-discussion strategies! These are strategies to invite students to establish discussion norms, practice generating questions, engage one another in meaningful Socratic Seminars, and thinking reflectively and metacognitively. Perfect for secondary teachers across social studies and English language arts.
How to Scaffold Poetry Instruction in Middle and High School
I know that teaching poetry is not every ELA teacher's forte, but it's my teacher superpower. Over the years, I've refined the process to scaffold poetry instruction. Firstly, what have students previously learned about how to read a poem? Then, what topics, subjects, or content would engage students, even those reluctant to read poetry? Similarly, what is the optimum reading level for this lesson? At what level will students be successful? Finally, what is the goal of the lesson? #TeachPoetry