Summer school is a time for a serious focus on engagement and creativity. Keeping kids excited about the class is critical when the sun is shining and the out-of-doors is beckoning. And the same is true for you as a teacher!
This fun summer school kit will fast track your ability to prep and teach engaging units all summer long. Inside, I've included some of my post popular curriculum sets, all of which are adaptable to just about any ELA summer program for older students.
Check out the video preview to get a look at the type of units you'll find, then read on for more specific details.
Here's What's Inside:
About Me Bulletin Board
Use the letters and headings in this packet to help you begin to bond with your summer school students. By sharing a little about yourself, you’ll help them begin to build trust with you and make everything else you do together that much easier.
This is another fun classroom décor element for your summer classroom. Put these posters up near a small choice reading library and get your students reading this summer.
Choice Reading Mini-Set
While you may not have time to do tons of free reading in your summer program, you can probably find time for at least one choice reading book. These handouts will help you make it happen. Use the list of popular books to find titles at the school library for your classroom library. Use the book talk assignment as a straightforward assessment at the end of the choice reading period. Use the 1000+ club certificate as an incentive to get your readers reading beyond the one book.
One-Pagers for Vocabulary and Movies
Use these fun activities to complement any vocabulary study or film viewing in your summer program. One-pagers are a creative way to drive critical thinking, and they are a great way to hook students in and keep them engaged.
Projects for Any Book: Food Truck, Apps
Use these creative final projects with any novel you are teaching over the summer. Having students design apps and food trucks for literary characters will give them a chance to show their creativity and make connections between books and their own life and the modern world.
Maker Space Unit
One great way to help students who have struggled with writing overcome their writer’s block is to use the ELA maker space. Get them creating before asking them to write, so the writing process doesn’t feel so mysterious.
Helping students launch blogs about a subject they are truly interested in is a great way to engage both reluctant and passionate writers. You can use this unit to help get students started in writing a variety of types of posts, then watch them fall in love with their new platform!
Helping students nail down how to write a really solid formal introduction will help them improve their analytical writing so much. This unit walks students through the elements of a formal introduction and how to use the intro to plan a clear, well-argued paper.
The Quotation Sandwich
This packet will help students learn how to embed quotations successfully into their formal writing, another vital skill for good writers.
Guiding Group Work
This packet will help students consider what it means to be a good group member and learn how to become one, a subject that is often not addressed in the regular year.
This poetry slam unit will be a great complement to any poetry you might be studying in your summer program, or it’s great as a stand alone project.
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