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Middle and high school English teachers: use this pre-reading strategy to activate your students' prior knowledge so they can use it to understand character and theme as they read. Read all about it in the latest post by Room 213.

Pre-Reading Strategies - Learning in Room 213 %

Middle and high school English teachers: use this pre-reading strategy to activate your students' prior knowledge so they can use it to understand character and theme as they read. Read all about it in the latest post by Room 213.

Panel discussions are a great way to engage students in meaningful classroom discussion. Get your free complete resource to run your own panel discussion!

Panel Discussions: Make Your Students the Experts in Five Simple Steps

Panel discussions are a great way to engage students in meaningful classroom discussion. Get your free complete resource to run your own panel discussion!

Deeper Class Discussions with the TQE Method | Cult of Pedagogy

Deeper Class Discussions with the TQE Method | Cult of Pedagogy

Want your students to have rich, complex conversations about the texts they read? This method leads to the kinds of classroom discussions you thought only happened in college.

High School Literature List - This is an extensive but certainly not exhaustive list of reading selections for high school. This first section focuses on American Literature.

High School Literature List ~ American Literature

High School Literature List - This is an extensive but certainly not exhaustive list of reading selections for high school. This first section focuses on American Literature.

First Day of School Stations Activity, Icebreaker, Middle

First Day of School Stations Activity, Icebreaker, Middle & High School, FREE

I hate cheesy name games and I refuse to make the worst first impression by just reading a syllabus to my students. The solution is this engaging first day of school stations activity designed to facilitate discussion and help you start building a strong classroom community from Day One.UPDATE: This...

If you'd like to use learning stations in the your ELA classroom but don't know where to begin, this blog post has it covered.

Learning Stations In Secondary ELA Classrooms - David Rickert

If you'd like to use learning stations in the your ELA classroom but don't know where to begin, this blog post has it covered.

How to scaffold literary analysis instruction for middle school and high school English language arts students.

Scaffolding the Literary Analysis Response

How to scaffold literary analysis instruction for middle school and high school English language arts students.

Making Meaning with Melissa: My #1 Way to Reduce Grading Time and Increase Student Ownership - Save time grading essays with the ideas and tips presented at this blog post. Middle school & high school teachers will enjoy saving time grading papers. Students will be help more accountable and invested in their work. Click through for all the details. {6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classroom or home school} Plus a FREE download!

My #1 Way to Reduce Grading Time and Increase Student Ownership

Making Meaning with Melissa: My #1 Way to Reduce Grading Time and Increase Student Ownership - Save time grading essays with the ideas and tips presented at this blog post. Middle school & high school teachers will enjoy saving time grading papers. Students will be help more accountable and invested in their work. Click through for all the details. {6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classroom or home school} Plus a FREE download!

Here's a look at nine of my favorite ELA activities from the last school year that you can incorporate into any middle school ELA or high school English classroom. #secondaryELA #middleschoolELA #highschoolEnglish

My Favorite High School English Activities of the Year

Here's a look at nine of my favorite ELA activities from the last school year that you can incorporate into any middle school ELA or high school English classroom. #secondaryELA #middleschoolELA #highschoolEnglish

This activity gets kids thinking about what literature is through a variety of examples from musical scores, to comics, to everything in between. Perfect for the first few days of school.

"What Is Literature?" A Fun Activity to Get Students Thinking - David Rickert

What is Literature? In this activity students explore this question by looking at not only novels and poems, but also songs, photos, and advertisements.

Analyzing Literature with Graphic Essays – Living in the Layers

Analyzing Literature with Graphic Essays

The Georgia Department of Education English Language Arts division has its very own Twitter account and has been hosting a weekly series this academic school year of “Twitter takeovers”…

How do teachers get students to talk about their reading in a meaningful way? As a high school English teacher, I’ve often been reluc...

Roundtable Discussion - Turning Book Discussions Over to Students

How do teachers get students to talk about their reading in a meaningful way? As a high school English teacher, I have often been reluctant to let students lead their own book discussions. When I have tried book discussions in the past, students focused on the literal meanings of their books, usually recalling plot events; however, I wanted them to use critical thinking and to make inferences and relevant connections with their reading. Over the years, I’ve experimented with strategies that…

Close Reading Bookmarks & Tips

Close Reading Bookmarks & Tips

Give your students this great tool as they read their texts, so they can be active readers and critical thinkers. Let them make the inferences they need to make to understand the text, rather than passively waiting for you to direct them. I have also Included a short slide show to introduce close ...

This freebie by Bespoke ELA contains a strategy for helping students craft commentary for literary analysis. Excellent for writing workshop and essay writing in secondary English Language Arts.

Commentary for Literary Analysis:  Four Square Strategy for Success — Bespoke ELA: Essay Writing Tips + Lesson Plans

Commentary, or analysis, is the most difficult part of writing a literary analysis essay. All other parts of essay writing have formulas to follow except commentary, which is why it is the most important skill to practice and master in essay writing. This blog explores a strategy to target commen