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Which of Shakespeare’s comedies works best with grades 9-10? I really like “Twelfth Night” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I’m wondering if anyone has ever used “The Taming of the Shrew” or “The Merc… more

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How many of you have a set curriculum and how many of you get to choose the literature/create your own content? Which do you prefer?

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What’s the consensus on CRT in this bowl?

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Looking for teachers using the HMH Into Literature Curriculum… Our district just decided to purchase this last week and we have open house before our training. I need a school supplies list! Do kids n… more

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What do you use for formal HS vocabulary instruction? Our district has urged us to have students find their own words in self-choice reading selections and practice using them correctly. The argument … more

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I refuse to do any type of planning until the absolute last minute.

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I am thinking about switching from teaching sixth grade English to middle school ESL next year. I am weighing the pros and cons for each position. Has anyone else made the switch from English to ESL… more

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How do you decide what books are appropriate to have in your classroom library? I'm a first year teacher and focused on 9-12 in college, so most of my books are YA geared toward older kids. I have… more

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What lesson plans and activities for stranger danger concerns?

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How do you approach cultural relevant literature in your school/class?

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As a teacher, what is a pressing issue or two that you would like to change in your district, curriculum, or school?

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My district is thinking about purchasing HMH into Literature for our reading and writing curriculum. We currently use Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop and are not happy with it. Does anyone h… more

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5 and 6th grade teachers- which class novels are you teaching next year?

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Looking for a new core text series for 9-12 General ELA to meet CC and balance fiction and non fiction. Any suggestions?

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Hey teachers 💜 I'm leaving teaching, at least temporarily, but I'm having trouble finding work. I have an English Education degree and three years of experience, and I don't know how to t… more

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Hi All! I am teaching English 4 for the first time this fall, and I’m just wondering what ideas y’all have for starting off. My class will be TINY (less than 5) so I want it to be super-engaging. All … more

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Any teachers who are also writers? What genre and do you share your work with others? Anything you would want to share here? I love reading anything written by other teachers!

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I teach middle school reading intervention, but I am noticing a high amount of students at our school do not have any phonemic awareness. What are you best ways to combat this?

I can not … more

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Have you shared any online reading resources for your (2021-22) students to use over the summer? If so, what? I have found that First Book offers a good program.

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Are you a "come in early but bolt out at the bell" or “come in at the bell but stay crazy late hours" kind of teacher? Or do you just live at school, you're both early AND late? (I… more

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What is the best resource you’ve found to use for introductory poetry for middle school?

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Has the current political/social climate affected the content you teach in class? If so, how?

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If you attach a writing or project grading rubric in Google Classroom, do you also make specific comments on the kids’ docs or in the box under the numerical grade? Some colleagues tell kids to look b… more

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What can we do about the decline of grammar and mechanics skills in our students’ writing?

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What advice would you give to a middle school student whose best friend from kindergarten no longer wants to be friends with him but will not give a reason?

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I need some new and fresh ( in other words, interesting), ways to teach a transcendentalism unit. I have no trouble with the current day part, but I need some major help making Thoreau and Emerson rel… more

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I’m thinking about moving up to a high school English position from 8th grade English. Mainly I’m looking for a change. Any thoughts on the differences I’d be facing?

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Anyone have any good advice for getting students to think/respond on their own? So many times when I ask them to write their own thoughts about something and to explain why they hold that opinion, man… more

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ELA Teachers, what do you use for your SGO data? Running Records (increasing reading levels) or do you use a different benchmark?

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Anyone have links to videos of students engaging in a successful Socratic seminar? Was hoping to show my students (middle school) a 3-4 min exemplar on how one might look at their age

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Over the years, is there a specific poem or larger text that has consistently resonated the most with your students compared to the other works you look at?

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Anyone teaching an 11th Lit course with an EOC Test? How are you preparing students by reviewing for the writing section (Informational, Argumentative, Narrative)?

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Texting vs English class:

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