Hello, and welcome to It’s Lit Teaching! My name is Heather and I’m a high school English teacher. Here at It’s Lit Teaching, my goal is to help awesome educators like you not only survive, but thrive throughout the school year.
I started this blog and my Teachers Pay Teachers store to help! So, how can I help you?
I’m building my classroom library and trying independent reading, but I have no idea where to start!
- Check out my Lit Literature reviews! These are written to help high school English teachers wade through all of the awesome young adult literature out there so only the best make it to their shelves. (Psst! I recommend starting with Black and White!)
- Read One Day of Independent Reading in with High School Students to read a real-life example.
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My curriculum needs some edgy, diverse, and engaging young adult literature!
- Read Taking a Risk with Risky Literature for some motivation and inspiration.
- If you are specifically thinking of teaching The Hate U Give, read: The Hate U Give: The Most Important Book I Ever Taught, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Week 2 of The Hate U Give, and Help! My School Won’t Let Me Teach The Hate U Give!
- Make adding these super easy with pre-made lesson plans and activities.
I’m struggling to keep up with my teaching duties, let alone my actual life!
- For some feel-good reading, check out Dear First Year Teachers: It Gets Better and 5 Self Care Tips from a Real Teacher’s Pet.
- Eliminate some prep work with done-for-you units. I have one for The Hate U Give and Dear Martin, with more always on the way.
- Then breathe, and find out The One Thing Your Students Need the Most.
I’m just looking for some ideas to make teaching more fun or to hone my craft.
- Read Why You Should Teach a Creative Writing Class, and then use this FREE “I Am” Poem lesson with your students to see how it goes
- Have you tried Scaffolding in the Creative Writing Classroom or Authentic Assessments yet?
- Need something more advanced? Learn How to Close Read A Whole Novel With Students of Any Skill Level.