Now with resources to meet the Common Core reading standards for both Literature AND Informational Texts in a high school English course, this set includes suggested readings for each anchor standard, graphic organizers, overview handouts, as well as extension assignments and essays. $
If your textbook is outdated and isn't relevant to your students, it is time to diversify. In this Twitter chat, middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed sources for contemporary fiction and nonfiction. Teachers also shared their experiences with verse novels, graphic novels and "reading" other media: videos, images, and infographics. Read through the chat for ideas to implement in your own classroom.
All writers of essays need to know how to write a thesis statement. Unfortunately, this proves difficult for inexperienced writers so teaching thesis statements should be the first step in teaching students how to write essays. This lesson plan on reviews the qualities of a good thesis statement and shares attention-grabbing ideas and activities.