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It would be impossible to understand Renaissance art without knowing something about the philosophical movement that affected it so strongly. Humanism is, in essence, seeing life and human nature as it actually was. It stressed the study of nature and human beings and focused on human thought, reason, culture, and the human experience. Humanist ideas were reflected in art during this period, especially with the study of the human body.
Not all high school English curricula include literary criticism. For this reason, it can be hard to find high-qaulity resources for teaching lit crit in secondary English. With this in mind, I've put together a collection of 40 poems, dramas, novels, short stories, essays, articles, and informational texts to use with literary criticism. This collection covers the major schools of literary theory, including biographical criticism, formalism, New Criticism, Marxism, feminist theory, ...
Teaching commas and other punctuation can bog down grammar lessons! Add some fun grammar activities with your grammar and mechanics lesson plans. Connect grammar to writing with these grammar activities that teach commas and other punctuation. Includes a free grammar download.
Everyone loves TPCASTT. It’s a good acronym to guide students through the process of reading poetry. But oftentimes my students are so intimidated by poetry that they can’t even get started. So I teach my students these four steps before reading a poem. Each one of these steps is designed to help students break down a poem so it becomes less intimidating. These steps work for ANY poem and empower students to take ownership of a text. In addition, each step sets students up for quality annotation
Parts of middle school language standards include verbals and verbal phrases. This grammar outline includes tips and ideas for teaching verbals. Add a free grammar sort to your verbal phrases activities. Middle school grammar includes teaching verbals and verbal phrases.
Close reading and annotating strategies for fiction and non-fiction: handout and bookmarks for your secondary ESL learners. #annotatingstrategies #closereadingstrategies #responsetotext #talktothetext #readingskills #secondaryESL #middleschoolELA #versatileteachertoolkit
This short essay asks students to study Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech and Langston Hughes' "Harlem" poem. The essay asks students to analyze the rhetorical strategies and stylistic elements used in both texts, then compare and contrast the use of dreams as a theme in both.
We each have a personal belief system that compels us to take action to promote or defend causes that we believe in. Use these writing prompts on ethics to stimulate your middle school and high school students to explain their position and point of view. .#WritingPrompts #WritingPromptsHighSchool #WritingPromptsonEthics
Just in time for Black History Month or any time of the year. Check out the activities included to go with the famous speech by Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I a Woman?" This lesson includes comprehension and analysis questions, components of a good speech, a writing activity and more. Perfect for your for your middle and high school English Language Arts literature or social studies classroom.
Do you dread teaching grammar? Do your students struggle to understand it? If so, let me help you make it engaging and meaningful for your students. For years, educators have debated over how to teach grammar. Should it be taught in context? As a stand-alone lesson? Or maybe not at all? I’ve concluded that a strong understanding of grammar improves the reading and writing abilities of students. #highschoolenglish #middleschoolenglish #teacherblogger #secondaryela #grammarteacher
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!
Why does ELA have such a prominent place in most school's curricula? Could it be connected to the way that our classes have been pushed to focus more on generic literacy skills (which should be everyone's responsibility) and less on literature? #ela #englishteacher #teachingliterature #teachingliteracy #englishclass