Diversify Your ELA Curriculum: Non-Traditional Texts to Engage Middle & High School Students

October 14, 2016

If your textbook is outdated and isn't relevant to your students, it is time to diversify. In this Twitter chat, middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed sources for contemporary fiction and nonfiction. Teachers also shared their experiences with verse novels, graphic novels and "reading" other media: videos, images, and infographics. Read through the chat for ideas to implement in your own classroom.
This #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about using non-traditional texts in the ELA classroom. Middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed sources for contemporary fiction and nonfiction. Teachers also shared their experiences with verse novels, graphic novels and "reading" other media: videos, images, and infographics.

Read through the chat below for recommended collections of new fiction, lists of award winning young adult literature, and titles of graphic and verse novels. You'll find sites with teen-friendly current event articles and other high-interest topics. You'll also get ideas about where to find and/or create your own videos and infographics to share with students.

Hope you'll join us next Tuesday October 18th at 8pm EST to talk about close reading and annotating texts. We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group (even if you aren't on Twitter). 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

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