I teach high school students who have dropped out of school or been expelled from their local public school and possibly several others. My students have an age range of 14 to 26. It is like teaching in a behavior alternative school on a large scale, and I use an online curriculum with individual intervention as needed. As you might imagine, my students have not done well on the state’s end-of-instruction exams–especially in English. However, our latest scores were much better than in previous years, and I think that in part is due to our focus on and search for new strategies to try.
Some of the reThink ELA strategies I have used include the teaching with music lyrics, the high-interest short readings (like “The Lottery” and “The Landlady“), and the idea of using more news articles to set up writing prompts.
The kids have been much more responsive to these ideas than others we have tried. Thank you!