Bring personal expression, creativity, and relevance back to your ELA classroom.
The day I realized my son and daughter had not written one poem or piece of non-academic writing in their entire high school careers was the day I clarified my thinking about my own teaching. Personal expression — and by extension, creativity — must be a driving force in my classroom. What’s the point of learning in-text parenthetical citations, how to write a literary analysis, or knowing how to summarize a text if one feels no personal connection to those tasks?
Whether we’re reading or writing in my ELA classes, we are always mindful that what we are really doing is finding our own humanity… expressing our personalities, tapping our creativities, and digging for relevance to our own experiences within the texts we read and write.
You can teach creative writing AND prepare your students for college and career. Let’s learn and share:
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Please contact me to let me know about creative ways you’re teaching ELA to high school students. I am especially interested in the following:
- headline poetry lessons and activities
- American classics and diverse text pairings
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