Back to School English Curriculum Lessons Complete for High School

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9th - 12th
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English Curriculum for High School is 155 pages of rigorous, engaging, lengthy package of quality products that can be reused for years. This bundle includes: a literary analysis essay, narrative essay, expository essay, mentor sentences lesson, journal prompts, grammar guide, one-pager activity, and a philosophical chairs unit. Your learners will enjoy the rigor and creativity of these engaging activities built from best teaching practices.


  1. Essays: literary analysis, narrative essay, and expository essay.
  • Teaching essay writing can be a daunting process, but these lessons guide students through a step-by-step process of writing a personal narrative, literary analysis, and expository essay. Each lesson can be used in class or assigned for distance learning as independent student work. The instructional videos with writing tutorials can also be presented as whole class instruction or assigned for students to complete at home.

  • These lessons demonstrate the entire process of writing a narrative essay, literary analysis, or expository essay using the elements tailored to the specific essay such as narrative: a short story to develop a plot. The videos, PowerPoints, graphic organizers, worksheets, and rubrics allow students to practice and develop their writing skills. The detailed lesson plans for high school English curriculum make implementing the lesson easy for teachers.

  • All aspects of writing are covered in these lessons: brainstorming ideas, developing a thesis, introducing main ideas, writing an essay hook, while incorporating the 6 Traits of Writing.

2. Mentor sentences activity

  • 31 pages of mentor sentence work featuring the most progressive, innovative authors, as well as classics. Some authors include: John Green, Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Anne Frank, Harper Lee, Jarrett Krosocka, Dashka Slater, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Lois Lowry, and so much more.
  • Students analyze structure, grammar, and impact and in return mimic the author's style.

3. One-pager activity

  • Prompt
  • Template
  • Student Examples

4. Philosophical chairs lesson plan

  • Directions
  • Process
  • Speaking etiquette
  • Graphic organizers
  • Topics (long list)
  • Check list
  • Norms and expectations
  • Talking points sheet
  • Rubric grading sheet

5. 16 critical thinking Do Now/journal response prompts

  • Philosophical topics that will get students to think on a high level of critical thinking. All "do nows" are writing prompts.

6. Grammar guide basics based on Lynne Truss's "Eat Shoots Leaves"

Entertaining review of:

  • Capitalization rules
  • Commas
  • Brackets
  • Apostrophes
  • Semi-colons
  • Colons

7. Novel Study Worksheets

  • Reading comprehension
  • Visualization
  • Costa's question cues
  • Purpose of reading
  • Close reading
  • Vocabulary scan
  • Connecting
  • Double journal response

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Product keywords: literary analysis essay lesson, expository essay lesson, narrative essay lesson, mentor sentences lessons, do now prompts, one-pager activity, philosophical chairs unit, high school English curriculum.

Total Pages
155 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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