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5 Classics that are Great for the High School Classroom

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jul 1, 2015 3:27:34 AM

 I think it can be nice to switch up the reading list every couple of years or so.  Sometimes we are forced to change because of school/district policies, and sometimes we just want to change to keep students (and ourselves) engaged in the curriculum. Today I want to share 5 of my favorite books for the high school classroom so that next time you are approached about changing the book list, you have some place to start.  I'd love to hear your suggestions/reasons in the comment section below!  I'm also including links and helpful information about the Simply Novel Reading Guides that will get you ready to teach these books in no time! (Simply Novel reading guides are aligned to common core and are available in print and pdf from simplynovel.com. Check out the website for these titles and much more.)

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Topics: books, curriculum, Lesson Planning, Literature, novels, plays

Using Drama as a Culminating Activity

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jun 19, 2015 1:36:05 AM

A few weeks ago, my dear friend and fellow Bruin alum teacher, Carmen shared pictures of her students reenacting scenes from Romeo and Juliet.  The students seemed so engaged in owning their unique spins on the Shakespearean classic that I had to ask her if I could share her class photos to inspire our English teacher community here at Simply Novel  to try a similar project with any drama on next year's reading list. We are all about adding to the collective tool boxes of secondary English teachers and I think this is definitely a fun one to file away!

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Topics: assessment, Drama, plays, projects

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