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Back to School Lessons for the Secondary Level Classroom - Previous Revision

The ReadWriteThink website has been providing quality lesson plans, interactive student materials, web resources, and ELA standards to classroom teachers since October of 2002. Highlighted here are examples of some secondary level lesson plans with a focus on back to school and creating classroom community.

Not your everyday calendar, here you can find important events in literary history, authors' birthdays, and a variety of holidays, all with related activities and resources that make them more relevant to students. View by day, by week, or by month.

Back to School stories-a podcast
As teens and preteens prepare to go back to school, recommend a book that features the settings and situations of school. Adolescent readers will have plenty to relate to, and these books can spark valuable conversations about their attitudes toward school, as well as important school-based social issues such as peer pressure, bullying, and the history of public school integration.

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers, Podcast for Grades 6-12
Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode will feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.

Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report

Offers 50 diverse suggestions intended to offer students new ways to think about a piece of literature, new directions to explore, and ways to respond with greater depth to the books they read.

What is "College Level" Writing?

Just what defines “college-level” writing? This collection, edited by Patrick Sullivan and Howard Tinberg, seeks to engage this essential question with care, patience, and pragmatism. It includes contributions by many well-known composition scholars as well as by high school teachers, students, and administrators.

What is "College Level" Writing 2?
This sequel to What Is “College-Level” Writing? (2006) highlights the practical and the pragmatic aspects of teaching writing.  By design, the essays in this collection focus on things all English and writing teachers concern themselves with on a daily basis—assignments, readings, and real student writing.

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