Books for Starting High School English Class Off Right
- Grades: 9–12
A friendly and productive class spirit is the key to effective writing workshops. These books will help you facilitate better classroom discussions about writing and literature.
Classroom Discussion by Dixie Lee Spiegel
Full of effective strategies for preparing students for whole class and small group discussions.
Classroom Tip: Use this book to help discussions become as engaging and reflective as possible.
Fresh Approaches to Working With Problematic Behavior by Adele M. Brodkin
Although designed for K–5, many activities can be modified for high school. Problems like speaking out of turn and low participation occur in all grade levels.
Classroom Tip: Use this book to get your entire class involved — shy, aggressive, and reluctant students alike.
Great Grouping Strategies by Ronit M. Wrubel
It's never too early to get your students working cooperatively. Full of new ideas for grouping.
Classroom Tip: Alphabetical, by ability, by interest? Use this book to vary the way you group your students for various activities.
Moving Forward With Literature Circles by Dixie Lee Spiegel, Jeni Pollack Day, Janet McLellan, and Valerie B. Brown
English classes should be home to engaging conversation. This book helps you guide the conversations and helps your students to share ideas in a variety of ways.
Classroom Tip: Use this book to help spur student conversations about literature.