The Class Vs. The Teacher: An SSR Reading Game

This is a kind of revenge game… It’s the end of the year and let’s be honest here: We’re all a little fed up. I’m tired of the cellphones, the poor work, the laziness, the last minute everything… And then add the talking, the restlessness, the packing up early, the whining, the excuses and the…

Box Connect Reading Game

Getting my low level kids to read is becoming a huge task–it’s the end of the year and the last thing they want to do is open a book. This book was actually a very quiet activity. We’ve been doing a lot of games lately and so with this game, I gave them the option…

ERWC Juvenile Justice: I have Bad News!

This is the introduction activity that I use for the ERWC Juvenile Justice Unit. It’s a good start to get them thinking about the different issues that exist with Juvenile criminals and what kinds of issues there are with children being tried as adults and gets them thinking about how it would feel to suddenly…

Tic-Tac-Toe Reading

One of my English classes is doing Book Circles but man, this week, they SHOULD be done with their books but they really aren’t and so we’ve been doing games all week to help them to read more of their books. Download the PowerPoint HERE

Reading BINGO game

Motivating kids to read is sometimes very difficult and getting them to get through a potentially LONG passage adds a special challenge. Finish reading an Article BINGO: We are doing a Juvenile Justice Unit in our ERWC curriculum and we spent the last two days reading this Greg Ousely article: Greg Ousley Is Sorry for…

ERWC Juvenile Justice: Court Cases

This is the set of slides I use as one of the beginning activities in the ERWC Juvenile Justice Unit. This comes after THIS activity where we go over the Definitions and talk about that. This set comes with a Quiz as well as NOTES about Juvy Hall vs Adult Prison. Sometimes I do this…

Duck, Duck, READ! Lottery Game

SSR can be torturous… is that just me? So I came up with this game to help and to give some random kids motivation to actually read and actually work… It’s the end of the year and man, we need all the motivation we can get! And everyone likes a game of chance, especially when…

ERWC Juvenile Justice: Fiction Short Story

This is an essay I often use at the beginning of our ERWC Juvenile Justice unit. I find it helps as we start reading about child criminals and start talking about it, if they start imagining what that would be like, how that would feel. So I assign them to write a story about a…

Brave New World Daily Quizzes

Are you reading Brave New World? We are. I read 1984 for many years and this year I got the other option of teaching Brave New World and thought we would try it. Very interesting book and an interesting companion to 1984–wish we could somehow read both even, that would be a very interesting unit……

Writing a Research Paper: Organizing your Research Cards

I do this activity as the Final Day after we have finished our 2-3 days of Research This is to help them make sure they have all the information they will need before we move on to the next step. This is especially important for the Citation information and I’ve found it helps a lot…