Story Train: A Strategy for Retelling, Summarizing, and Sequencing by Jongsun Wee

Reading is not an easy task for young readers. Children need to practice various reading strategies to become skillful readers. A lot of reading strategies have been shared with educators through professional books and websites.[1] Simple keywords searches on the internet will also bring many resources for teachers, including how-to videos and downloadable worksheets. Indeed, … Continue reading Story Train: A Strategy for Retelling, Summarizing, and Sequencing by Jongsun Wee

Reimagining Teaching Middle School English with Digital Tools by Cami Christman and Lan Vu

The touch of a keyboard replaces the turn of a page, just one of the many ways that digital tools have transformed the educational landscape.  Today’s educational experience is saturated with technology.  Screen time has become a normal part of the school day for sixth grade students everywhere, and often replaces the use of pencil … Continue reading Reimagining Teaching Middle School English with Digital Tools by Cami Christman and Lan Vu

Using Mnemonics to Comprehend Narrative by Evan Vargas

Stories are everywhere; they seem to be things we gravitate to. As teachers we see the importance of narratives, for they allow us to make connections to the world and deepen our understanding of ourselves. Teaching students how to both enjoy a story and notice patterns that help them better connect to the world, however, … Continue reading Using Mnemonics to Comprehend Narrative by Evan Vargas

The Over-Simplified Guide to Creating Courses, Unit Plans, & Lessons by Jean Prokott

Congratulations! You get to write your own course. What happens next? Here’s a list of ten steps that will make this whole process look a lot easier than it is: RESEARCH What is the name of the course, and what are the state, district, school, and department objectives for the course? What is the theme … Continue reading The Over-Simplified Guide to Creating Courses, Unit Plans, & Lessons by Jean Prokott

Didn’t I See That Before?: Edgar Allan Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado” Seen in Saw & Saw IV by T. Madison Peschock

For the past decade, the humanities have been on the decline, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses have been on the rise.  As recent as February 2020, InsideHigher Ed.com reported that many “humanities programs had been frozen in line with what [is] described as a national trend of declining student interest in these … Continue reading Didn’t I See That Before?: Edgar Allan Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado” Seen in Saw & Saw IV by T. Madison Peschock

What Matters in the Classroom? A Pre-Survey by Jean Prokott

(Download a .docx version of this survey here) Below are various factors that make a successful classroom. Please rank them in the order of which you think is most important (1) to less important (12). On the back of the sheet, justify your order/explain your process. Then, create a graphic organizer that represents how each … Continue reading What Matters in the Classroom? A Pre-Survey by Jean Prokott

From Café to Class: Bringing Book Clubs Into Your Classroom by Hayley Vetsch

It’s easy to discuss books if you like to read. Hobby reading comes easily to most of us English teachers, but I’d wager that it is one of the hardest things to teach in the classroom. In a time where longform is not the popular choice and 140-character essays reign, you can almost hear the … Continue reading From Café to Class: Bringing Book Clubs Into Your Classroom by Hayley Vetsch

Write Anything: How STEM Connects to the Writing Curriculum by Amber Beattie

I must begin with a confession: I am an English person. Truly, there is little that I love more in life than a new book or fresh sheet of stationery. So when I was hired to teach writing to grades 5-8 at a STEM magnet school, I spent a long time considering what it meant … Continue reading Write Anything: How STEM Connects to the Writing Curriculum by Amber Beattie

Centering LGBTQ People of Color with Young Adult Literature in Secondary ELA by Cody Miller & Kathleen Colantonio-Yurko

As English language arts teachers, we believe young adult literature offers an avenue for voices and experiences that are largely ignored by canonical texts. LGBTQ voices are among those omitted from many English language arts textbooks. In the past, we relied heavily on young adult literature to provide our students LGBTQ texts. However, the mostly … Continue reading Centering LGBTQ People of Color with Young Adult Literature in Secondary ELA by Cody Miller & Kathleen Colantonio-Yurko

Centering Students’ Voices in a Public Speaking Genre Study by Burke Scarbrough

Today’s students have access to stirring, powerful text in an ever widening array of forms. As we invite our students to discover the power of the carefully crafted written word, many of those students are even more strongly inclined to celebrate the power of language in oral performance. I’m referring to the genres and media … Continue reading Centering Students’ Voices in a Public Speaking Genre Study by Burke Scarbrough