Sub Plans Bundled - Middle School and High School

Sub Plans Bundled - Middle School and High School
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Sub Plans for Middle School and High School

All teachers know what it is like to have a last minute event occur that changes the plans for the day. Maybe you or your children wake up sick or something else unexpectedly happens. Never fear! Select which plans you want to use out of these packets ahead of time, make copies, and put them on your desk in a folder labeled “Emergency Sub Plan.” Then, on those days when crazy happens, you are prepared and don’t have to drag in a sick child with you to make copies or stress out making lesson plans. Of course, you don’t have to wait! These lessons will work for any time you need a well-deserved break or want to do something different.

Set 1
There are several options, but they all deal with making an interactive chart except for one. You select which information goes on the chart. Included is an activity where students look for particular poetic devices in song lyrics or students look for poetic devices in pre-selected poems. There are other option suggestions using vocabulary terms or literary terms as review. Finally, there is an option for students to define and label poetic devices. You choose which is best for your students. I love choices!!!

Since there are several options, these plans could take anywhere from one class period to several days of English class, depending on which options you select.

If you want to do the song lyrics option (which is the most fun), your students will need access to song lyrics. Therefore, they will need to be able to use their phones or computers unless you want to print out some song lyrics ahead of time. There are other options in this sub packet if this one doesn't work for you due to limited internet access. Plus, I have 2 other sub sets that require no internet usage. Check those out at the links below.

An editable PowerPoint is included in the file so that you can change the activity to suit your needs.

Set 2
Option 1: Students read and analyze a poem that made a change. Then, they write their own poem of change for a school rule, national law, or world-wide issue. A brainstorming sheet is included as scaffolding. Answer key for the poem analysis questions is also included.

Option 2: Students write a fable using the characters that match their names and birthdays. A brainstorming sheet is included as scaffolding.

Option 3: Students make a Priority Totem Pole or a Character Totem Pole. Examples are included.

All of these options have explicit instructions, so all you have to do is print them for your students. Since there are several options, these plans could take anywhere from one class period to several days of English class.

Set 3
Option 1: Students read "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin (story included), record lines that demonstrate her changing emotions and draw emojis to match those feelings, answer thinking questions, and write a limerick poem.

Option 2: Students read the article "37 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police" by Martin Gansberg, fill out a Crime Scene Investigation Report, answer thinking questions, and finish with writing a poem about 1 of 3 given topics related to the day's lesson.

Option 3: Students read an excerpt from "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe (excerpt included), hightlight lines that describe setting, recreate the house using the template included, and write a paragraph explaining their description using quotes from the text. It also comes with a rubric for grading.

All of these options have explicit instructions, so all you have to do is print them for your students. In addition, the plans are designed so that a small amount of printing needs to be done to save time and paper.

Set 4
Option 1: Students will create a character and begin writing a short story or narrative poem including their character. To complete this task, students must consider character traits, plot, theme, setting, climax, and resolution as well as draw their characters according to the description they provided. The character template is included. This activity has student instructions, so all the substitute needs to do is hand the task sheet to the students.

Option 2: Students will design a comic strip that includes dialogue using vocabulary terms. There are quite a few options for this one in order to meet the level of your students. There is a regular vocabulary list and a more challenging list with and without definitions provided. You may want students to look up the definitions if they have access to dictionaries or technology. If not, the definitions are provided on a different handout. You decide how many words you want them to include on the pre-made comic template. Instructions are provided on a student handout along with a completed example to make this very easy for a sub. In addition, there is a sheet with instructions but no words in case you have a word list you prefer, and there is a blank comic template if you want students to draw their own people without using a pre-made template.

Option 3: Students will make a poem pennant by selecting one of the four poems provided and drawing images from the poem on a blank pennant. Then, students will explain the poem, its poetic elements, its theme, and their choice of images on a lined pennant. These will look great hanging up in your room. A grading rubric is included as well. You also have the option to change the poems if you have others you wish to use. An example is included on the student instruction sheet.

All of these options have explicit instructions, so all you have to do is print them for your students. Some of these plans can take more than 1 day each, depending on with options you choose.

Best of all – Sub Plans #4 comes in an editable PowerPoint so that you can change anything you wish!

Sub Plans Bundled has plenty of options to keep students thinking, engaged, and focused on close reading while you are away.
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71 pages
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Included with rubric
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