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…

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

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…

Writing a Research Paper: 2nd Draft

These are the slides that I use to transition my kids from their Rough Draft to writing their 2nd Draft. At this point, we have finished writing their Rough Draft paragraphs which if you haven’t read yet, go HERE first! You can find the complete Powerpoint file here: Writing your 2nd Draft You can find…

Writing a Research Paper: Brainstorming a Topic

First: If you already know your Topic or have been assigned a Topic…. skip this step! Obviously, you should do that Assigned Topic ๐Ÿ™‚ If you were not assigned a topic though and you need to find a good topic, start here: If you would like the actual Powerpoint File, it is HERE: Brainstorming Your…

8 “Educational” Game Apps for High Schoolers

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10 High School Apps your student needs to be using

#1: Google classroom: My district bought access to this program this year so we used it because that was the big push. (I also really searched a program called OneNote that I also really liked but theย  decision was made for me in this case) Google Classroom is a nice way to organize assignments, post…

Tools Not Toys: Getting started on educational cell phone use

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