Sub Plans for Middle School and High School English
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 options will keep students thinking and engaged 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 or want to do something different.
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 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 - these activities come in an editable PowerPoint so that you can change anything you wish!
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