Thanksgiving Activities for Secondary ELA

With the changing weather and the excitement of winter break just around the corner, this time of year means that students can get pretty squirrelly! Luckily, teaching students about Thanksgiving and the meaning of gratitude translates well into the secondary ELA classroom and there are plenty of important lessons to be had (and keep themContinue reading “Thanksgiving Activities for Secondary ELA”

Halloween Writing Activities for Secondary ELA

This time of year can bring out the writer in anyone, provided they have the right inspiration. My students love anything Gothic, spooky, and mysterious and definitely have their own ideas for a good ghost story. Here are some of my favorite Halloween resources for this time of year. Each of these require no prepContinue reading “Halloween Writing Activities for Secondary ELA”

Favorite Poe Stories to Teach for Secondary ELA

One of my favorite authors to teach this time of year is Edgar Allan Poe. My 8th grade students are absolutely fascinated with the macabre and spooky – and I’ll admit it, I am too! There’s a reason why Poe has been taught in English classrooms for decades – he’s the master of mystery andContinue reading “Favorite Poe Stories to Teach for Secondary ELA”

Poetry Activities for Secondary ELA

April is National Poetry Month! This is a great time to get your students thinking, reading, and writing all things poetry. Here are a few low-prep ideas to get you started. Read the poem-a-day at Poets.org. Poets.org: Poets.org is produced by the Academy of American Poets. It is the original online resource for poems, poets’Continue reading “Poetry Activities for Secondary ELA”

Secondary ELA Valentine’s Day Activities Round-Up

Hi teachers! Valentine’s Day isn’t just for elementary grades; it can be an exciting season in the secondary ELA classroom too! It’s a great season for poetry writing and inspiring words of love! Valentine’s Day Poetry Writing With Valentine’s Day Poetry Stations, students rotate through 7 stations and experiment with these types of poetry. ​​Students recordContinue reading “Secondary ELA Valentine’s Day Activities Round-Up”