Tips and ideas for teaching high school ELA

5 Activities to Engage Your Students When Teaching The Canterbury Tales

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Like Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales is often a staple in British Literature classrooms. However, it can be difficult for students to understand. The archaic language and the sheer length provide roadblocks.  Teaching The Canterbury Tales can sometimes feel like a chore – just another box on the Brit Lit canon checklist.  Teaching this medieval masterpiece doesn’t have […]

8 Literary Devices to Teach With Gothic Short Stories

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Before I started rethinking my curriculum and organizing it by essential questions (more on that here), one of my favorite units was always my Gothic short stories unit. I love the Dark Romantics – I even took a whole class devoted to Poe in grad school.  I love these stories because they tap into the […]

5 Ideas to Make Teaching Beowulf Fun

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While a staple in most British Literature classrooms, Beowulf can be a bit of a struggle for our students. The diction, the figurative language (so.many.kennings), the format. Teaching Beowulf can sometimes feel like a chore.  Are you looking to inject some excitement into your Beowulf lessons? Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we’ll explore five […]

5 Ways to Revamp Your Curriculum Design

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We all know that keeping our curriculum design fresh and exciting is essential to meet our students’ ever-evolving needs. The traditional sage-on-a-stage, sit-and-listen-and-take-notes-for-ninety-minutes way of education that many of us grew up with doesn’t really resonate with the generation of students we’re tasked with educating.  If, like me, you’ve been doing this a while (I’m […]

6 Ideas for Teaching The Tempest to High School Students

6 Ideas for Teaching The Tempest to High School Students

One of my favorite Shakespeare plays is The Tempest. Magic. Romance. Revenge. Part tragedy, part comedy – this play has it all. Add the fact that the entirety of the play’s events takes place in around three hours. Phew. So. Much. Happens.  As is the case with any Shakespeare play, teaching The Tempest can have its challenges. […]

7 Creative Ways to Use Canva in the Classroom

7 Creative Ways to Use Canva in the Classroom

If you’re looking to capitalize on your students’ creativity, then you need to consider using Canva in the classroom.  Do you remember those DIY books “_______ for Dummies?” Well, I have your  “Graphic Design for Dummies” tech tool: Canva.  Not familiar with it? In a nutshell, Canva is an online graphic design tool that can […]

5 Engaging Ways to Use Learning Stations in Secondary Classrooms

5 Engaging Ways to Use Learning Stations in Secondary Classrooms

It seems that high school students have one of two speeds lately: sloth covered in molasses or Sonic the Hedgehog on Red Bull. Both have their challenges. So how do we either (a) bring them out of their stupor or (b) harness that energy for good, not leave-paper-and-candy-wrappers-all-over-my-floor and-I’m-going-to-have-to-duct-tape-you-to-your-chair evil? (Or is that just me?). […]