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Back to School Resources - Previous Revision

The school bells are ringing, classrooms are buzzing, and we're off on this year's adventure with a new group of students. NCTE has resources, lesson plans, and activities to support you now and throughout the year. 

Elementary Lessons

Middle Level Ideas

Secondary Resources

College Resources


Teaching Strategies

Connecting to Summer Reading This Fall
You encouraged students to read over the summer.  What do you do now that they're returning to the classroom?  Check out the Summer Reading and Learning Resources for ideas!

Back to School Booklist
Compiled by the ReadWriteThink staff, this booklist names texts that can be shared with students the first few days of school. If you have additional titles that have been successful in your classroom, please write and share them with us!

Back to School Lessons for the Elementary Classroom
Highlighted here are examples of some elementary lesson plans with a focus on back to school and creating classroom community.

Back to School Ideas for the Middle Classroom 
Get the year off to a smooth start with these imaginative ideas for writing, talking, and even decorating the classroom with your students!

Back to School Resources for the Secondary Classroom
As you prepare to start the school year, try some of these ideas and lesson plans for secondary level educators.


Related Resources

More Than a Number: Why Class Size Matters
This NCTE Position on class size and teacher workload, from Kindergarten to College, addresses the challenges of incorporating today's high standards into the classroom, and asks that we reconsider the number of students assigned to teachers of English language arts.  

On Demand Web SeminarHomework: To Assign or Not to Assign? What to Really Consider 
Many schools and nearly every teacher has a homework policy, but few are able to agree on what it should look like.  In this on-demand web seminar you'll work through questions such as: What is the purpose and proper amount of homework? What are the characteristics of a good assignment? How can it be assigned equitably considering the variety of student needs in our heterogeneous classes?


Classroom Notes PlusClassroom Notes Plus
Classroom Notes Plus, a collection of innovative ideas and lesson plans for middle level, junior high, and high school English language arts teachers, was published quarterly from September 1983 through April 2011. Archived issues can be accessed from the CNP web page.


Learn more and submit your writing today!The National Day on Writing---October 20
Learn what you can do and see what others are doing. Consider ways to showcase your writing in the National Gallery of Writing by starting a local gallery--any group, including a family, a few good friends, a club or church group, a class, a school, a workplace group, or an entire city. 


Log on to for FREE research-based lesson plans and online resources that will help you use Internet content to teach reading and English language arts in grades K-12.


Features of Literacy Programs: A Decision-Making Matrix
Prepared by the NCTE Commission on Reading, this resources provides checklists that can help all English Language Arts teachers as they prepare their classrooms for the upcoming school year.


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