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Secondary Back to School Resources

Secondary Back to School Resources - Previous Revision

Back to School 2012. Get ready for the 2012-2013 school year, by visiting our resources, lesson plans, and activities to support you now and throught the school year. 

Check out these fresh ideas to feel empowered, and renew yourself as you head back to school! 

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Lesson Plans

The ReadWriteThink website provides quality lesson plans, interactive student materials, web resources, and ELA standards to classroom teachers.

The website provides interactive student materials, web resources, and ELA standards to classroom teachers.

Check out these examples of some secondary level lesson plans that focus on back-to-school and creating classroom community.


New Books and More from NCTE

Here are some of our most popular items for the secondary audience. To see the complete list of secondary items, click here.


Through Eileen Murphy Buckley’s 360-degree approach to teaching critical literacy, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.


Scott Filkins brings us into his and colleagues' classrooms to demonstrate how high school teachers across the disciplines can engage in inquiry-based reading assessment to support student learning. Principles in Practice imprint


Teacher-poet Judith Rowe Michaels describes how she refocused her ninth-grade English course to help students explore writing—their own and the assigned literature—as an art form with the same potential for creativity as, say, Web design, filmmaking, or music.


College Credit for writing in High School 

Editor(s): Kristine Hansen, Christine Farris

This collection explores various options that students have for "taking care of" the first-year college writing requirement, including AP tests, concurrent enrollment/dual-credit courses, the International Baccalaureate diploma, and early college high schools.


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Common Core State Standards

Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards SeriesGrades 9-12
Author: Sarah Brown Wessling

Unlike some materials that offer explicit units of study, this series reminds teachers how to maintain the integrity of innovative and student-centered classrooms.  While any standards movement can default to sameness, this series shows that the national standards and a national curriculum are not the same. The teachers featured in the books demonstrate that the most effective curriculum is the one created by individual teachers focused on the learning needs of their students.

Thumbnail for Grades 9-12 Core Standards Virtual Conference RecordingsGrades 9-12 Core Standards Virtual Conference Recordings
Presenter(s): Sarah Brown Wessling



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