April lesson plans for middle school ELA need to be VERY engaging. April can be a difficult month. Spring has arrived, and students (and their teachers) find the pull of the warm breezes and golden sunshine more than a little enticing. With this draw away from the classroom, it becomes all the more important that your curriculum has a draw of its own.
So today let’s talk about lessons and materials that keep our students’ focus. Check out these April lesson plans for middle school ELA.
During the month of April, my classes focus on two very important skill sets:
Reading and writing poetry as well as understanding fake news. It is important that students begin to see poetry as something that occurs in daily life (songs, spoken word, free verse novels) and not something old and obsolete. Students also need to practice their critical thinking and analytical skills about what they see in the media and online. I have students analyze various media sources (websites, news articles, videos, etc) to determine what is real and what is fake.
Try This Print and Go Resource This Month
This resource contains 5 high-interest lessons to help students understand what fake news is and how to spot it. This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom™ as well as Google Slides™ formatted lessons for 1:1 schools.
- What is Media Literacy?
- What is Fake News?
- How to Spot Fake News.
- Fake News Stations (5 Different Topics)
- Creating Fake News Final Assignment
Articles To Inform Your Teaching
- Teaching Poetry to Middle School Students – Teaching poetry to middle school students does not have to be difficult. Check out these 2 teaching strategies that make poetry accessible.
- Fresh Ideas for Teaching Poetry – Ideas on how to teach poetry so students are engaged and eager to learn about this text type.
I hope some of these tips, lessons, and ideas about April lesson plans for middle school ELA are things you can apply in your own classroom.
Have a great day and stay tuned for May’s lesson plans.