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A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Narrative Writing

A well-told story can help a person see things in an entirely new way. It can change a law, inspire a movement, and make people care fiercely about…  learn more

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Plot Generator – Create a short story

How do you write a short story really quickly? Choose a style, opening and type of ending, name your character, choose a few adjectives and Plot Generator will…  learn more

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The Concord Review

The Concord Review publishes academic essays of high school students, especially on topics for college AP exams.  learn more

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The Right Write Site

The Southern Oregon Write Site (SOWS) project originated as support for the writing process, but evolved into an online discussion forum. What the Internet adds to the writing…  learn more

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National Scholastic Press Association

National Scholastic Press Association, with more than 1,350 members, is a national community of student journalists and scholastic journalism advisers. NSPA advances journalism and media as a vital…  learn more

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Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL offers over 200 free resources for a wide variety of student groups including ESL learners, junior high and high school students, adult education and even professional…  learn more

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High School English Lesson Plans

Finding engaging English lesson plans for hard-to-impress high school teenagers is no small task. Here you will find hundreds of helpful teaching ideas, units and themes that can…  learn more

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Poem Hunter

Best poems by famous poets all around the world on Poem Hunter. Read poem and quotes from most popular poets.  learn more

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Writing Commons

The encyclopedia for writers, researchers, and knowledge workers  learn more

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NobelPrize.org: Animated Games & Lessons

On this page, you’ll find educational resources including animated games and easy-to-use Nobel Prize lessons for teachers to use in the classroom. Teachers and students are especially important…  learn more

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The Language Nerds

The Language Nerds is a place that was furnished to the best comfort of language enthusiasts. We strive to keep people with a passion for language entertained and…  learn more

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Glossary of Shakespeare's Words

Understanding 16th century English can be a challenge for students. This site lists thousands of words, from abjure to wot, provides their definition, and shows where each word…  learn more

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8 Reasons Why I Teach Banned Books… and You Should Too

It seems like every year a new book makes the news for being challenged or banned by a school. Books that have been banned run the gamut from…  learn more

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Why did Phillis Wheatley Disappear

TED Talk In 1775, General George Washington received a poem from one of colonial America’s most famous writers. Its verses praised the burgeoning revolution, invoking the goddess of…  learn more

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Read Write Think Unit Plans

Here at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best…  learn more

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ELA Classroom: 20 Meaningful Vocabulary Activities for Every Grade

We Are Teachers Learning new words is like adding to your writing wardrobe. Your writing becomes so much more interesting and engaging when you have more options available.…  learn more

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826 Digital Writing Lessons

Lessons are highly engaging and ready to use. They’re built around a topic and genre and focused on an educational outcome.  learn more

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What are Literature Centers?

Literature Circles are a way for students to assume a specific role in the study of something (usually a text). Though almost always associated with the content area…  learn more

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TED-Ed Lessons With a Halloween Theme

A TED-Ed lesson examines what made Poe's macabre works timeless classics. In Why Should You Read Edgar Allan Poe? students can learn about Poe's guiding principles for writing, the recurring…  learn more

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Celebrating Poetry for Teens

Tune in for recommendations of a variety of poetry books for teens.  Featured titles include themed collections of poetry compiled for teens as well as collections of poetry written by teens.  You’ll also hear about a…  learn more

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Read, Write, Think: Teaching Poetry in High School

Albert Somers offers teachers a vast compendium of resources for teaching poetry in a highly accessible format.  Every lesson plan on ReadWriteThinkTM has been aligned not only to…  learn more

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All About Adolescent Literacy

AdLit is a national multimedia project that provides educators and families with resources to support readers and writers in middle school and high school. We are an education…  learn more

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AdLit: Video Library

Find multimedia resources to help you improve teaching and learning in your classrooms — including a classroom strategy library, video modules demonstrating effective practices, professional development webcasts, and…  learn more

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Romeo and Juliet Teaching Unit Kit

Take your students on a thought-provoking, insightful, and hands-on journey through Shakespeare's classic play with this comprehensive teaching kit of lesson plans for Romeo and Juliet. Featuring 19 guided…  learn more

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TeachersFirst's Shakespeare Resources

The amount of material available on Shakespeare is endless. These original and reviewed resources are an attempt to collect information on the works most commonly encountered in a…  learn more

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50 Reading & Writing Websites

Language arts, which include reading, writing, listening and speaking, may seem daunting if it’s been a long time since you’ve conjugated a sentence or written an expository essay.…  learn more

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TeacherVision: Reading and Literature Lesson Plans

Learning to read well is a vital skill for students to master. Help them achieve that goal with printables, lesson plans, and activities that enhance reading skills. Browse…  learn more

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144 Picture Prompts to Inspire Student Writing

The New York Time Learning Network. A school year’s worth of short, accessible image-driven posts that invite a variety of kinds of writing. These short, accessible, image-driven prompts…  learn more

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10 Must-Teach High School English Lessons

Christina, The Daring English Teacher, is a full-time high school English teacher, wife, and mother. With more than a decade of teaching experience, she focuses on providing engaging,…  learn more

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15 Back-to-School Ideas for Middle and High School

With the back-to-school season upon us, it is time to begin planning for the first week of school activities you’ll complete this school year. Here are 15 engaging…  learn more

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FIVE BOOKS: AMERICAN LITERATURE

American literature is a story of expanding frontiers. Our expert interviews will lead you through the full range of literature, from the early days of the American republic…  learn more

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Teach Theme in a Short Story Lessson

In a short story, the theme refers to the central idea or underlying message that the author wants to convey to the reader. It is the broader concept…  learn more

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Poetry Out Loud: Lesson Plans

Poetry Out Loud is not intended to replace classroom activities like creative writing. In fact, the two naturally complement each other. For that reason, we have created a…  learn more

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ELA Resources for Teachers

Facing our History. Explore our wide range of curricular resources and professional learning for secondary English Language Arts classrooms. Our ELA resources integrate literacy skills development with social-emotional…  learn more

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10 Picture Books to Use in Your High School English Lessons

Even the “big kids” like a good ol’ read-aloud every once in a while, so you might be surprised to see how engaged (and interested!) your high schoolers…  learn more

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Journeys in Film: Educators

Journeys in Film lessons are designed to be simple enough for the teacher to manage. Many of the techniques for active learning used in the lessons can be…  learn more

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55+ Metaphor Examples, Plus Clever Ideas To Teach Them

Writers use figurative language like metaphors to bring their writing to life. But what exactly is a metaphor (and how is it different from a simile)? Learn more…  learn more

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TeacherVision: Connory Row by John Steinbeck

Discover brief discussion techniques of plot, character development and theme employed by Steinbeck in his brief novella, Cannery Row. This guide is designed to assist teachers in moving students…  learn more

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TeacherVision: The Grapes of Wrath Reading Guide by John Steinbeck

Find questions, exercises, and assignments designed to guide students' reading of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath while promoting discussion, research, and writing. The questions, exercises, and assignments on these…  learn more

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Lesson Planet: Fighting Fake News Lesson Plan

Fake news. Alternative facts. Internet trolls. In an age of Newspeak, it's increasingly important to equip 21st century learners with the skills needed to determine the legitimacy of…  learn more

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Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

Although summarizing the plot is an important component of a book report, it does not lend itself to student creativity.  By mimicking popular websites that relate the plot…  learn more

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iThrive Curriculum Games

Game-based learning helps high school teachers meet teens where they are through play-a tool they are familiar with. Games give students a chance to immerse themselves in new information,…  learn more

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Annenberg Learner: In Search of the Novel

Discover creative strategies for bringing novels to life for middle and high school students with this workshop, featuring the words and works of 10 novelists, including Charles Dickens,…  learn more

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TeachingEnglish Secondary Lesson Plans

Here you can find a wide range of full lesson plans to use in your secondary classroom. All of our lessons are designed around themes engaging and relevant…  learn more

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The Ultimate High School Reading list

As an educator and a passionate advocate for the transformative power of reading, Literature can have a profound impact on young minds. With this in mind, here is…  learn more

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40 Strong Persuasive Writing Examples (Essays, Speeches, Ads, and More)

The more we read, the better writers we become. Teaching students to write strong persuasive essays should always start with reading some top-notch models. This round-up of persuasive…  learn more

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How To Use Lit2Go Audiobooks in Your Classroom

FCIT’s Lit2Go audiobook website contains an amazing number of books and passages at all reading levels. The variety of recordings and the possibilities for using them can be a…  learn more

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GeoInquiries for American Literature

Use maps to enhance teaching about plot lines, authors’ lives, and the historical context surrounding some of the most important and commonly read stories in high school American…  learn more

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Must-Read Classic Novels with Timeless Life Lessons

In the vast tapestry of human literature, you will uncover a treasury of wisdom that has weathered the relentless march of time, and this wisdom is meticulously woven…  learn more

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110 Interesting Idiom Examples Everyone Should Know

Idioms are expressions that have a meaning that isn’t immediately obvious from the words themselves. Every language has them, and fluent speakers use them casually without even thinking…  learn more

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25 High School English Activities You’ll Want To Try Right Away

Engaging middle and high schoolers can sometimes be tricky. How many times have you planned (what you think is) a cool and exciting lesson, only to walk away…  learn more

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The Lord of the Rings Reader's Guide

Extend students' enjoyment and understanding of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings by using the discussion questions in this printable reader's guide. This guide includes questions and page references for The…  learn more

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PBS Literature

Literature explores the main themes of written language. Young readers can use the REACH collection to study main ideas and compare and contrast central characters of a story.…  learn more

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Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Resources; Prologue; Literary Analysis  learn more

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PBS LearningMedia: Romeo and Juliet in 60-Seconds!

Watch cast members from the National Theater's production of Romeo and Juliet attempt to summarize the play in 60-seconds! Use this video as a challenge to students to…  learn more

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25 Robert Frost Poems (Free Printables)

Say the name Robert Frost and you can practically hear trees swaying and snow falling. Robert Frost (1874-1963) is best known for his poems about nature that meditate…  learn more

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20 Langston Hughes Poems Everyone Should Read (Free Printables)

Poet Langston Hughes (1901-1967) was one of the most influential voices of the Harlem Renaissance. This movement brought national (and international) attention to the voices of Black artists, writers, and musicians.…  learn more

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25 Famous Walt Whitman Poems (Free Printables)

Walter Whitman Jr., better known as Walt Whitman, is considered one of the most influential American poets in history. He was also an essayist and journalist, and his…  learn more

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34 Must-Share Poems for Middle School and High School

It can be hard to know which poems will spur your middle and high schoolers into deep, meaningful discussion and which will leave them yawning! So we asked…  learn more

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Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning about Fake News

LessonPlanet. The framers of the United States Constitution felt a free press was so essential to a democracy that they granted the press the protection it needed to…  learn more

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March Book Madness: A Competition of Novels

Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, Championship… every March I hear these buzzwords in my library. The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament livens up the room. Teens huddle…  learn more

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Poetry Appreciation: Free Lesson Plans, Activities and Resources

April is Poetry Month and William Shakespeare's Birthday is April 23rd. Use this curated collection of free poetry lessons to engage preK-12 students in expressing their feelings during--or momentarily escaping…  learn more

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Elements of Poetry

In this interactive lesson, discover how literary techniques like figurative language, imagery, and symbolism contribute to the overall meaning of a poem. Explore how a poet establishes and…  learn more

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MAKE “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” STORIES WITH GOOGLE FORMS AND AI

How to create stories for students. Use Google Forms and AI to make interactive, cross curricular adventures for students. Or help them create their own. Written by Belinda Howell…  learn more

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23 Best Books for 11th Grade Students

Choosing terrific books for eleventh-grade students to read is a must.  Expose them to a variety of stories and topics that will prepare, challenge, inspire, and encourage them as they…  learn more

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Teaching English: Secondary Lesson Plans

Here you can find a wide range of practical resources to use in your secondary classroom. There are full lesson plans to choose from, covering different topics and…  learn more

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Teaching English Resources

Here you can find a wide range of full lesson plans to use in your primary classroom. All of our lessons are designed around common themes from primary…  learn more

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Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips, is an educational technology project of GLT Global ED. The site is not part of Google, but integrated Google Earth into it's presentations. Their goal…  learn more