A growth mindset unit, a personal narrative essay unit, a unit on how to teach poetry, and a guide to teaching with reading logs—this bundle has everything you need to teach your students to dig deep and think for themselves, to write about literature and understand poetry, to develop a growth mindset to take on new challenges this school year, and to write meaningful and well-written personal narratives.
Back to school means new skills to teach students, like close reading and how to analyze literature, but it also means an opportunity to get to know students by spending some time reading about their struggles and failures through essays that tell their stories, and to help them adopt a mindset that will bring them success this school year.
No lectures, no power points—this is all student-centered, rigorous and engaging activities.
These are the units that will pay off for the rest of the school year. When you teach your classes with these resources you will:
—get to know your students
on a deeper level from the start of the school year
—teach your students to write reading logs (also called reading responses or reading reaction papers) so that they can analyze literature without prompts
—teach your students to read, analyze, understand, and write about poetry
—empower your students to understand and adopt a growth mindset
about failures and challenges in their lives
—show your students that this school year will be full of challenges, but that you will help them gain the tools that they need to take on those challenges
—empower your students with the tools to think for themselves
Products included in this bundle, all available at a discount when you buy them together, include:
Poetry Lesson Plans: How To Teach Poetry For High School
By the end of this seven-day unit, your high school students will have the skills and strategies that they need to read, analyze, and write about poetry independently.
The method that students will learn in these lessons is to unpack a poem using a graphic organizer. After sixteen years of teaching students to read poetry, I have found that this is the most practical and accessible way for students to understand how a poet’s choices help to create meaning. Additionally, by playing with poetry writing themselves, and creating original poems based on their own experiences, students will understand the elements of poetry from the inside out.
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Reading Logs | Reading Journals | Reading Response Handouts for High School
This guide to reading response reaction journals based on quote analysis and close reading will get your students reading, analyzing, and writing about literature on their own. I have been teaching with reading logs for eleven years, and this guide includes what you need to teach your students to think independently without having to read and grade every single thing they write
including: an introduction to using reading logs in your classroom; two differentiated step-by-step printable handouts for students; a simple but complete rubric for grading logs; suggestions for grading student work without burning out; student samples with analysis; printable student samples for your students to grade and discuss; everything that you need to implement reading logs in your classes tomorrow.
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Growth Mindset Lessons for Students in the Classroom
There is enough here for 16 to 23 days of teaching
—a full month worth of growing your students’ confidence and skills. Included in this resource is everything that you need to teach your students about the brain science behind the theory of growth mindset and to get them thinking about how they deal with challenges and failures in their own lives including:
—Developing a Growth Mindset for Students: Video, and Quiz
This introductory lesson will engage students with a quick quiz to test their grit and resiliency and a fascinating TED Talk about growth mindset.
—Growth Mindset Lesson: Challenging Non-Fiction/Informational Passage
The questions on this challenging non-fiction article will get your students thinking about the real-life consequences of mindset as well as about their own attitudes towards difficult work.
—Poetry Lesson: Two Poems on Growth Mindset
The lesson on these two poems will push your students to continue their exploration of the themes of the unit
—Poetry Lesson to Teach Close Reading and Literary Analysis: Adrienne Rich
This poem explores how we deal with the pain of the past; questions on the poem are engaging and accessible.
—Growth Mindset Creative Research Project for High School
This group project will get your students researching real life examples of people who succeeded because of their hard work and determination in spite of many setbacks.
—Narrative Writing Ideas & Prompts: Lesson Plans for High School & College Essays
This six-day unit will get your students writing strong personal essays about important events in their lives—with a focus on times when they failed and learned from that experience.
Bonus items include
a suggested unit schedule, a guide and rubric for holding a graded discussion, a prompt for a synthesis essay, a graphic organizer for organizing that essay, and a letter to parents explaining the science behind the theory and what they can do to help their students.
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"This is a wonderful collection of resources that I can use in all of the English levels I teach. Thank you for helping me get a great start to the year."--Karen Fox