Best ELA Teacher Resources for Teaching English Language ArtsTop English Teacher Aids for English ClassroomsTeaching English is no small task. Students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas. English Language Arts (ELA) encompasses grammar, vocabulary, composition, and research. Having the right ELA teaching aids and resources in your classroom helps … Read More
How Impeachment Works
September 25, 2019Zachary B. WolfCNNLexile: 1400L–1500L Calls to impeach President Donald Trump began among some Democrats almost the day he was inaugurated. They ballooned after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress about interactions between the Trump campaign and Russia and, separately, Trump’s efforts to squash the investigation, potentially obstructing justice. But now that Trump has admitted to trying to influence Ukrainian President Volodymyr … Read More
Middle-Grade Narrative Writing: Using Mentor Texts to Describe Setting (Snapshots)
I always start and end the year with narrative writing in some form. While I often focus on things like voice and ideas with this genre of writing, it really is all in the details when it comes to helping the reader see what you are talking about on the page.
Why Ricky Martin Is Unapologetically a Part of My Classroom
Wait—before you assume that’s just plain weird and click on a story with more educational value, at least hear me out.
Concept Attainment—The ELL Way
April 18, 2019Maria Lee One of my favorite strategies to use with English Language Learning (ELL) students is Concept Attainment. This strategy helps ELLs connect prior knowledge with new concepts. The Concept Attainment strategy is based on Jerome Bruner’s research into a psychological process called Concept Formation. In order for humans to cope with their diverse environment, people group information … Read More
Lit With Liz | American Street
American Street just sounds like the perfect symbolic name for a book whose main character is an immigrant. Right? American dream on American street? Sounds pretty perfect.
Fighting Senioritis: The Joys of Teaching 12th Graders
Senioritis, according to anyone who’s ever been one, is when motivation and effort levels flat line, usually during senior year, resulting in tardiness, absences, and poor grades.
9 Things I Have Learned About Teaching Writing
February 28, 2019 Aimee Ross Credibility first: I have 27 years of experience as a high school English teacher and five as an adjunct for a local community college. I have taught 10th-grade English, journalism, 12th-grade English, creative writing, and Composition I and II. And I even advised the school newspaper for a decade. I have taught hundreds, maybe thousands … Read More
Get Lit With Liz
February 21, 2019 Liz Zupan There are books that you forget as soon as you finish them. There are some that leave you stunned from the surprise ending that transformed your literary reality. And there are some books whose story lingers with you long after you have turned the last page—popping into your mind and filling the small moments of … Read More