HELP! First time teaching HS ELA!

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  1. giggles9393

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    I need any advice/help you have! :eek:

    I was just offered a job teaching high school English! (Freshman and seniors.) I have never taught in HS before and I'm not sure what to except. Do you have any tips?

    Also, to the other ELA teachers- are there any lessons that you'd recommend, more specifically for the first few days of school?

    TIA!:)
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    Do you have a copy of your syllabi? A pacing guide?
     
  4. Mrs. K.

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    Do you know what texts you'll be covering? I teach seniors, which is British Literature here, and I've taught freshmen in the past.

    Give us a little more information, and we'll be able to help you more effectively. Also, go join the English Companion Ning, which is an online community of over 25,000 English teachers.
     
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    Thank you for letting me know about Ning! I will check it out. I wish I had more information as to what I am teaching, but for now all I know is:
    9th grade inclusion class - Starts with short stories: Gift of the Magi and The Most Dangerous Game
    Later on, The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet
    As far as 12th grade, all I know is it is college prep courses.
    I'm sure I will know more when I get my schedule, however I will only have a week to prep after that before school starts!
     
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    For the 12th grade college prep: in the absence of other information, get a Barrons SAT prep book. The Seniors tend to re-take the SAT around Halloween. Find not only examples, but strategies. Make sure they know how to approach the exam.
     
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    My seniors also write a college application essay, so you might want to look at some resources for that.
     
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    Might have been me. When I joined, there were about 1,300 members. It is indeed a great resource!
     
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    Mrs. K suggested the ning to me about two years ago and I'm sooo grateful!! Other good English sites:

    Web English Teacher
    BetterLesson.com
    awaytoteach.net
    Teachit.co
    readwritethink.org
    National Endowment for the Humanities has great lessons
    learner.org (select the discipline on the lower left hand side)
    PBS has good resources
    9-12 Handouts by topic: http://www.huffenglish.com/?page_id=15
     
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    I implore you...change that username!
     
  11. czacza

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    That's the name the OP has had since becoming a member and it's the name we all know.
     
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    Yes, but maybe flip it and add an s....don't want to be a student teacher forever :D. It can be TeachStudents
     
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    It can be anything she wants.
     
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    These are all great resources! Now, off to prepare with the week I have left!!
     
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    Giggles, if you need anything, please PM me. I taught seniors last year and this year. I also teach sophomores, which may have some texts you're teaching. I'd be happy to share ideas, resources, etc...
     
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    Thanks soo much!!
     
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    I've taught 9th grade English for the last two years (although I'm in middle school this year). I taught Romeo & Juliet and the Odyssey both. For Odyssey last year, I had the kids make an Odyssey board game, which they loved. It was a really cool lesson. Feel free to PM me if you want any of my handouts or lesson plans. For Romeo & Juliet, I often showed the film version of an act before I taught it. I found they understood the reading a lot more. We also did a lot of figurative language with that.
     

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