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 be used for a range of grades and abilities, including AP English suggestions.
Americans lack financial intelligence as evidenced by high foreclosure rates and low savings rates. Be part of the solution by educating tomorrow’s consumers on smart spending practices. Teaching “The Devil and Tom Walker” in can help improve your student’s basic financial knowledge.
Academic writing has very little application outside of the classroom. Exit the ivory tower and teach something useful. Knowing how to write instructions for instructional writing will benefit students for a lifetime.
When students reach 11th or 12th grade it is good for them to learn how to write a basic resume. Students in these grades are also reading novels with very complex characters like MacBeth, The Scarlet Letter and The Great Gatsby. Combine a lesson in resume writing with some character analysis.
Students sometimes struggle to discuss a novel in small group settings. The key to having good group discussion is the work that happens before the discussion. Use the handout in this lesson to help student discuss the major events, conflicts and climax.
In this assignment, students show their understanding of a main character in a novel through creating a shield. The shield created by the student is the visual aid for an oral book report, where the student can discuss the novel and explain the shield for a novel assessment.
When students talk about great books, they create a “buzz” about the book. If students are involved in Accelerated Reader or if they have to read independent novels, this is one way for students to share the books they read with the class and to evaluate the student’s knowledge of the book. This lesson shows how to organize a book talk and how to make a book jacket.