Sub Plans for Middle School and High School
Teachers’ jobs are unique because even when we are out, we still have to work. We work to get the plans ready, work the day we return, and work to get everything checked from the day we were out. It is almost like double work to be out! These plans can easily fit easily fit into any day you need to be out. I don’t know about you, but the day I get return to my classes, I feel a bit disheveled trying to get back into the groove. Thus, the 2nd option in this packet has follow-up options for the day you return so that you have some time to catch your breath. If you just need an option that will take a class period so that you can pick up where you previously left off in your regular lessons, then any of the options will work great!
Select which plans you want to use out of the packet ahead of time, make copies, and put them on your desk in a folder labeled “Emergency Sub Plan.” Go ahead and include your class roll, bell schedule, seating charts, class procedures, special duties, or anything else necessary. Then, on those days when crazy happens, you are prepared and don’t have to stress out making lesson plans.
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. These activity options will keep students thinking, engaged, and focused on close reading while you are away. Of course, you don’t have to wait! These lessons will work for any time you need a well-deserved break!
The Usher house activity is from ”The Fall of the House of Usher”
For more stress-free sub plans:
Sub Plans #1
Sub plans #2
Sub Plans #4
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