English & Language Arts Teachers

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Never Have I Ever.... winged a class without a lesson plan LOL

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Sorry for posting this here, but it's the only safe space. My soon to be ex has bought our 3 kids 30 presents each for Christmas. So much for teaching them it's not about gifts. ☹️

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I've been having success with individual reading conferences. I'd like to do the same with writing, but students seem intimidated/embarrassed to talk about their writing. How do help them?

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How do I get kids to see the importance of an outline? As a writer myself, this is the #1 strategy that helps me write an article, but when left to their own devices, my students never use one.

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Favorite funny/comedy novels? Memoirs written by comedians?

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What are your students' favorite novels to study? I'm looking for modern/inclusive and not the typical classics.

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Any fresh ideas/pbl for teaching Farhenheit 451? What other texts/movies have similar themes?

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Anybody taught “A Long Walk to Water” for 6th grade? We just adopted it and I need some suggestions to get my kids to understand the whole new culture it introduces to them.

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Here's your save-my-sanity question of the day. Our classes end-- for the year-- in 3 weeks. We also will have testing and finals. Do you think "1984" + misc dystopia will hold Sophomore interest?

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Creative projects to do as a summative for Of Mice and Men?

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I'm so proud! On the last day before break, my class of mostly reluctant readers read to a kindergarten class and they were amazing. I never saw them so animated or with such big smiles on their faces! I feel grateful and blessed.

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Have any of you ever gotten approval from admin to replace a classic novel with one that is more culturally relevant and/or modern for the class demographic?

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A good way to tie The Canterbury Tales to today: Before my seniors read “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” I had them conduct a survey asking the question “What do women desire the most?” They had to record responses from males and females above and below the age of 25, and then write a reflection about their findings. They were so surprised to see that we still want the same things in our romantic partners!

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How many of you attended the NCTE Conference on Friday? What did I miss?

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How do you teach the Canterbury Tales to make it interesting? I was thinking of having the students picking a character and acting out or writing a skit to show their attributes.

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Has anyone ever taught Into the Wild? We’ve just selected it for English 3 but I’ve never read it. Heard it deals with transcendentalism though.

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Have any of you had success with Black Out Poems where students use words from the text to create their own poems? Can anyone share examples/pics?

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Anyone have suggestions for a student who can’t read “A Christmas Carol” for religious reasons? 7th grade, static/dynamic characters, comparison essay, drama &stage directions on the assessment

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How do you teach students to write conclusions that pack a punch and don't just simply summarize the whole essay? These essays need more voice!

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Have you ever misplaced students' essays?????? Ummmmm LOL

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