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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.


Humor Writing: Activities for the English Classroom
Author: Bruce Goebel

Divided into four chapters—(1) Humorous Words, Phrases, and Sentences, (2) Funny Stories and Essays, (3) Light Verse, and (4) Parody—the book offers more than 150 activities you can use to help students develop writing skills in voice, word choice, style, and organization while exploring a variety of genres.


Writing in the Dialogical Classroom
Author: Bob Fecho

Drawing on NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing, and focusing on adolescent learners, Bob Fecho argues that teachers need to develop writing experiences that are reflective across time in order to foster even deeper explorations of subject matter. He creates an ongoing conversation between classroom practice, theory, and research to show how each informs the others.


Adolescent Literacy and the Teaching of Reading: Lessons for Teachers of Literature
Author: Deborah Appleman

Author: Deborah Appleman

Deborah Appleman dismantles the traditional divide between secondary teachers of literature and teachers of reading and offers a variety of practical ways to teach reading within the context of literature classrooms.


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.


Feel Empowered

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



Renew Yourself

Annual Convention

We invite you to join us at the Secondary Level Get-Together on Thursday evening. At this event, you will get to hear famed Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst.  Then, on Friday, join us at the High School Matters event you'll hear three keynote speakers and have an opportunity to participate in two of twenty-five roundtable discussions. You're also invited to join us at the Secondary Luncheon on Saturday where our guest speaker will be Sherman Alexie. 

Click here to register onlineStart planning your convention experience now using the digital edition of the Convention Preview!

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