Online Resources for the ELA Classroom

 It's been a year y'all... and I think it's safe to say we have relied on our digital lessons more than any time in our teaching careers. Teachers are in classrooms face-to-face with students, teaching 100% virtually and everything in between.  We have had to pivot in a moment's notice from in-class to virtual and back to in-class again.  Here are our favourite online/digital lessons and activities that we have used this year to help us get through the chaos!

Addie Williams has you covered if you're working on a Digital Novel Study!  Whether you're working on a whole class novel or working on digital literature circles or an independent novel study, these activities will work with any novel. Covers topics such as characterization, text response, final projects, and more!  

Nouvelle ELA loves to find creative ways to engage reluctant readers. Burnbridge Breakouts is a series of digital escape rooms that help students practice inferencing and strengthen reading skills. Each chapter features a different teen protagonist working to solve a mystery in the same small town, exploring locales like a haunted mansion, the abandoned mine, and a spooky hospital. Each chapter incorporates on-level nonfiction activities. These games are a great way to engage reluctant readers!

Secondary Sara has you covered if you're looking for some help with grammar. Her self-grading grammar units, ready for Google Drive, have been key to her sanity during this pandemic, and she hopes they help you, too! Check out this list of all available topics to see which ones your students need most. (And if you’re not sure, there are diagnostic tests as well!) Check out all of her Digital Grammar Units here.

Tracee Orman's digital activity will sure to get your students engaging in a fun discussion. Have your students analyze the pros and cons of regifting in my Argument Analysis pack! It's one of her favorite resources for this time of year and it just got a digital makeover, so it's perfect for distance learning! (Though you can still use the print-and-go feature if you wish!) Students will analyze the pros and cons of regifting, then form their own arguments. It also includes a fun research component where students create their own infographics.

The Classroom Sparrow has you covered for classroom organization. These Digital Daily Agenda slides can help you establish a classroom routine and provide a helpful reference point for you and your students with these editable daily agenda slides for Google™ Slides and PowerPoint.

The editable templates provided make it easy to qu
ickly display your class agenda, daily bell ringers, learning objectives, important announcements, reminders, homework, materials needed, fun facts, word of the day, and more! 
The slides can be projected in the classroom, uploaded to a Google™ classroom, or printed.

Want to get your students more engaged online? Jackie from Room 213 has several activities you can use to get them interested in showing up and turning on that computer. You will find ones that can be used for both independent and collaborative work to build your students' reading, writing, and research skills. Each comes with clear directions and links for you and your students. Click here to check out her fun resource!

Christina, The Daring English Teacher, loves teaching her students how to analyze literature using short stories. These short story close reading activities are the ideal way to introduce students to literature and close reading. This short story resource includes seven story-specific assignments that take about a week each. Students begin by reading the story, and then they go back to closely analyze carefully-selected passages for literary elements!

What would you say if I told you that I could have your students begging for more grammar? 📝 The Grammar Challenge by Presto Plans is a full-year, 40-week grammar program for middle and high school English language arts teachers. It includes assessment, instruction, narrative stories, and weekly escape-room style challenges to improve student grammar, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. 🔐

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