Do you want rigorous writing prompts that will get your 11th grade students excited about writing and prepared for the challenges they’ll face this year?
If you teach 11th grade English, you know that it can be a tough year. Students are preparing for the SAT test, and some are getting ready to take the AP or IB test. If there is ever a time when you need writing prompts to get your students serious about their writing and reading comprehension skills, this is it.
But often, it’s hard for teachers to get their students to notice details about texts and to write about them at the level that is required for those standardized tests. When you are rushing through novels and plays, trying to “cover” all the requirements, it’s not easy to slow down and focus on the way that authors create meaning in a text—which is exactly what students will have to do on those tests. It’s not enough for students to merely identify a literary device—they have to understand how those elements work together to affect a reader and create meaning.
Even worse—you won’t be there to help them through the process.
You need powerful lesson plans to push your students to read and analyze a text at the next level with explicit questions and exercises to get them thinking about how writers use the literary elements to create meaning in a text.
When your students learn how to analyze writer’s craft by working through the excerpts in this resource, they will:
—understand writer’s craft on a new level when they appreciate the smaller details that create great writing
—feel inspired to take on bigger writing projects of their own
—apply what they learn from mentor texts to their own writing
—have concrete questions to get them thinking about how meaning is created by literary elements
—improve their critical thinking and writing skills
— gain the confidence and skills that they need to take on challenging texts by themselves
With specific suggestions for how to teach with these plans if you have 5 minutes, 20 minutes, 45 minutes, over an hour, or three days or more, you will have an easy time fitting these plans in with your other material.
Additionally, the alternative lesson plans for AP or SAT essay bootcamp, last-minute substitute plans, and plans for a comparative essay based on a longer text studied in class will give you many options to integrate rigorous study of writer’s craft into your schedule.
In all, this packet contains:
• 41 thematically-arranged writing prompts and creative writing ideas
• 47 quick-write prompts based on relevant, inspiring, and thematically-organized questions
• 55 questions to help your students analyze the writer’s craft so that they can internalize the techniques in their own writing
• suggestions for texts for pairing based on what is commonly taught in high school English classes
• all based on 9 thought-provoking mentor text passages
These lessons require little to no preparation on your part. There is enough here to get your students reading, analyzing, and writing about literature for days.
“Fabulous! You week not regret this purchase. I love using this for my classes.”—Candace B.