Using Interactive Notebooks to teach class novels can be rigorous and engaging, even for middle and high school. Here are some tips and tricks for setting up your novel units. Read more at teachnouvelle.com

Teach a Class Novel with Interactive Notebooks


Do you love the idea of Interactive Notebooks but are unsure of how to use them to teach class novels? Stay tuned for my best tips and tricks for designing rigorous and engaging class novel units. I am a huge proponent of using Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs, INBs, INs) in high school. I love them for the ease of structuring…

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Expose your secondary students to a wide range of classic poetry using these engaging bellringers! Students create and analyze, finding fun and meaning in each of these thirty class poems.

Use Bellringers to Help Students Love Poetry


Today, I’m teaming up with some amazing Secondary ELA sellers on TpT to share our best resources with you! My best resource on TeachersPayTeachers is a set of Poetry Bellringers. I created this resource as a way to help teachers share several classic poems with students in a short amount of time. Also, since each activity is a Bellringer, or…

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A Writer's Workshop model can be a great way to engage students in the writing and revising process. Writing a short story will help students strengthen their understanding of the elements of fiction, develop analytical skills, and give helpful peer feedback.

Writer’s Workshop: Short Stories in High School


Last fall, I did a Writer’s Workshop with my 9th graders to help them write their own short stories. We did this as part of our Dystopian unit, but the process works with any genre. In this post, I’ll cover the Writer’s Workshop process in my classroom, how I manage the reading load, and things I am still trying to…

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Whether you are a first-year teacher, a military spouse, or a veteran teacher moving to a new job, being the new teacher in a school can be intimidating. Check out this blog post for tips to succeed as the new teacher on the block. From teachnouvelle.com.

Succeed as the New Teacher


Rockin’ It as the New Teacher Whether you are a first-year teacher, a military spouse who’s always on the move, or a veteran teacher switching districts, there are times when it’s necessary to be a new teacher in a building. Here are some tips for new teachers that I’ve learned after five years of teaching in as many schools. Through…

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Evaluating drama can be tricky, but in the ELA classroom, it's important to still hold students accountable. Here's how I assess a variety of skills. This is a mix of objective and subjective assessments every step of the way in the process of putting together a class play. This is applicable for every drama activity in the ELA classroom.

Evaluating Drama in the ELA Classroom


So, you’re considering doing a Class Play or you’ve started practices. Now, you’re wondering how to get students really working and eventually evaluate them. But how do you go about evaluating drama? It’s a process, right? It’s subjective, I hear you saying. Read on to see how I graded students on their effort and achievement in the class play. In…

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The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles is a perfect opportunity for integrated learning. Prince Ailani's journey unfolds against a backdrop of Hawaiian culture, history, and earth science. Learn more about using this book in your curriculum at teachnouvelle.com.

Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles


Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles Description from Goodreads: The Kingdom of Oceana SURFER. SHARK TAMER. FIRE WALKER. EXPLORER. TEENAGER. HERO. Five centuries ago, on the island now called Hawaii, there was a kingdom filled with adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask,…

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Simplify your back to school routines with color coding. This classroom management strategy will help you and your students stay organized throughout the school year. Check out more tips and resources at teachnouvelle.com.

Color Coding Your Classroom


Back to School can be a stressful time, but with the right tips, resources, and mindset, we can all have an amazing start to the school year! A huge time-saving idea is color coding your classroom. A Back to School Classroom Management Tip: Color Coding Your Classroom If you’re like me, it can take a while to learn every student’s…

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I finally nailed teaching symbolism to my students! Using candy was both efficient and engaging, and they kept referencing this lesson for the rest of the year. This strong foundation really helped their literary analysis skills. TeachNouvelle.com

Teaching Symbolism with Candy


I have been reflecting on my favorite lessons from the school year, and one of the most fun and effective was teaching symbolism with Tootsie Roll Pops! Not only were the students enthusiastic about eating the candy (because aren’t they always?), they really grasped the concept of analyzing a symbol. We were nearing Halloween and deep in our Short Stories…

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The end of school can be crazy, but check out this blog hop full of tips for Calming the Year End Chaos. Tip #8 from Danielle @ Nouvelle: Drama Games!

Calming the Year End Chaos: Tips for Success


Calming the Chaos at the End of the School Year Hello, all! We just had our final exam today, but I know that many of you are still guiding students through the end of the year. It can be a crazy time, and here’s an idea of how I calm the year end chaos. Keep reading to the end to find…

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Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood - Book reviews that you can use to build your library.

Books to Read, Love, and Share: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood


  Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood Ivy grew up in her great-grandmother’s house under the constant gaze of old portraits of distinguished Milbourn women and wrapped in the dust of old prizes and journals. She comes from a long line of bright and brief stars, each taken too soon by mental illness or murder. Her grandfather pushes her to find…

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How to Deal with Irritation in Rehearsal - Ways to Cope & Resolve the stress of directing a high school production.

How to Deal with Irritation in Rehearsal


When You Get Irritated in Rehearsal We are in the last few days of rehearsal for our Spring Musical, and I’ve been thinking about irritation a lot. I’ve been getting and trying to reflect on what makes me so (INFJs for the win!). I got home today from our big Saturday practice (9-3, phew!), and saw that Lisa and Jonathan…

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Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw - Book reviews to help you build your classroom library.

Books to Read, Love, and Share: Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw


  Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw Noor, the daughter of a sex worker, has grown up in a brothel through hardship, cruelty, and sadness. Grace, the daughter of a successful CEO, has her reputation tarnished by a vicious bout of cyber-bullying and spirals into depression. Can these very different girls learn from each other and eventually save one another?…

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Drama in the ELA Classroom - Build your students' competence and confidence with these basic drama skills.

Building Drama Know-How in ELA


Drama Skills for the Class Play In the last post, I talked about casting the class play. Now, I want to talk about developing basic drama skills. This will encourage engagement from all students, all the time. This is something that I struggled with in the beginning, but I developed some tools to help my students. If you’re like me,…

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How to Set Up and Cast the Class Play - Use these tips to help integrate Drama in the ELA classroom.

How to Set Up and Cast the Class Play


Drama in ELA: The Class Play In this series, I’m going to share my experiences integrating Drama in ELA and producing a class play with my 9th grade English class. Drama is so engaging for students, but is often put aside because it seems like a lot of work or doesn’t obviously correlate to higher test scores. In this series,…

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Found Poetry for Fiction & Non-Fiction


In addition to studying poetry during National Poetry Month in April, I love integrating poetry throughout the school year. A favorite resource I use to engage my students in literature is Found Poetry! You can do this with any class novel or independent reading, and it’s a way for students to seek many “correct” answers. This is a fun, no-pressure approach…

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Drama in the ELA Classroom: Improv Games


3 Games to Introduce Drama in the ELA Classroom I have loved drama since my 3rd grade class got to be Arabian dancers in the school’s performance of “The Nutcracker”. When I was in middle and high school, I always wanted to do “acting” options for projects, sometimes asking my teachers ridiculous things like “can I show you the parts…

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Reviews at TeachNouvelle: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Books to Read, Love, and Share: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry


  The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry Natalie’s last summer before college is off to a fine start, except that she has to drive her siblings around and her best friend is off at soccer camp. Then, Natalie starts seeing things that can’t possibly exist: houses that weren’t there before, friends who don’t even recognize her, and…

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Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Books to Read, Love, and Share: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt


  Underwater by Marisa Reichardt After a terrible tragedy, Morgan is too afraid to leave her apartment. She casts aside friends and hobbies for life as a shut-in. However, her brother just got cast in a play and a new boy, Evan, has just moved in next door. Now, more than ever, she longs to take the first step back…

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Books to Read, Love, and Share: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Everything, Everything Madeline, who can’t leave her Clean House for fear of dying from an allergy to an unknown trigger, wants more. She wants to feel the ocean in between her toes and smell the musty old spines in a used bookstore. She reads thousands of pages to escape the confines of a white-on-white filtered-air house, but knows in her…

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Keep Your Secondary Students Reading

Independent Reading in High School


  How to Keep Kids Reading in High School One of my biggest goals as a high school teacher is to help my students love reading. I am an avid reader, and hit my book challenge for the year (75 books – woo-hoo!), and I want my kids to find books that they can connect with. I see the primary…

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The Literary League 12 Days of Christmas Freebie Round-up & Sale


Thanks so much for the overwhelming response to the 12 Days of Giving hosted by the Literary League!   To celebrate the season and our favorite fellow teachers (that’s you!), we’re all having a sale in our TpT shops today, Saturday, December 12th and tomorrow, Sunday, December 13th.  That’s right!  Pop over to each of our shops and you’ll find all of our resources…

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12 Days of Giving: Freebie!


Welcome to Day 9 of the Literary League’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! We know that the holiday season is busy for both teachers and students, and it never seems to slow down after that. To help you make it through the rest of the year, you need a stock pile of lessons that can be easily implemented at…

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The Literary League Kicks Off 12 Days of Giving for Secondary ELA Teachers


Literary Leaguers are in the holiday spirit and we’re hosting  12 Days of Giving!   We’re super excited to share some of our favorite freebies (both seasonal and all-year-round resources) with you and give you the chance to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate!  The 12 Days of Giving runs Tuesday, December 1st – Saturday, December 12th.   Here’s…

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Interactive Notebooks for High School


We just finished our Short Story unit and WOW, what an amazing time! I’m using Interactive Notebooks for the first time this year with my 9th graders, and so I’ve been converting/reimagining a lot of my Short Story lessons for ISNs. It’s been a major treat for me, so I’m here today to talk about how that’s going. Interactive Notebooks…

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Fresh Start for the School Year

A Fresh Start for the School Year


Hello, all! It’s been a season of change here at TeachNouvelle, and I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome new readers. Whether you are a teacher, author, avid reader, or any combination of the three, I strive to develop wonderful resources for you to use. My name is Danielle, and I am a Coast Guard spouse living and working…

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Back-to-School Giveaway by The Literary League


  By the time I grab my books and I give myself a look I’m at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by. It’s alright’ cause I’m saved by The Literary League! That’s right, we are at it again! It’s one of the biggest back-to-school give-aways courtesy of some of your favorite ELA sellers.  We’re teachers too, so we know…

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TeachersPayTeachers: Back to School Sale!


Back to School Savings! Want to rack up some major savings on materials and lesson plans during this back-to-school season? The Literary League is coming to your rescue! Check out these amazing secondary ELA sellers to save up to 28% on your TeachersPayTeachers purchases. Danielle Knight (Study All Knight) — Darlene Anne- ELA Buffet — Mrs. Spangler in the Middle…

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Need a fresh activity for back to school? Check out this blog post for some back to school anticipation, preparation, and celebration at teachnouvelle.com.

Back to School: Anticipation & Activities


Back to School Thoughts & Activities Hello, all! I’m Danielle and I am a teacher, military spouse, writer, runner, and reader. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a teaching degree, and then followed that up with a Masters from la Université de Poitiers in France. I’ve been teaching for five years now, working in Oregon, France, Germany, North…

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TpT Seller Challenge Week 3: Make Your Masterpiece


I’m back for Week 3 of the TeachersPayTeachers Seller Challenge! This week? A new product! Woo-hoo! Well, the big news here, folks, is that I got a job teaching 9th grade English here in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’m planning for next year, of course, and starting to consider how I’ll get to know my students quickly! It’s a small…

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TpT Seller Challenge Week #2: Dare to Dream


For this week’s TpT Seller Challenge, we’ve been asked to dream big. Well, I have three major goals that my store on TeachersPayTeachers can enable, and they are to travel, to learn, and to share. 1. Travel I have always been very privileged to be able to travel a lot, and I want to continue this in my adult life…

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