This week’s Secondary ELA and Social Studies resources will help your student practice active listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

We’re featuring Back-to-School Language Arts Escape Rooms, Upstander Interactive Bulletin Board and Activities, Slam Poetry Units, and so much more.

Get your students practicing these necessary skills early this year with these resources, half of which are FREE!


StoryCorps Listening Guide-Digital and Paper Versions!
StoryCorps Listening Guide-Digital and Paper Versions! by Jessica Fletcher Fierro

It’s FREE!

“StoryCorps is a storytelling archive, where everyday Americans go in and interview one another. New episodes air each Friday, and they are often extraordinary, heartwarming, and inspiring. This would work with any episode, and can be edited/adapted since it’s a Google Docs resource.”

Back-to-School Language Arts Escape Room
Back-to-School Language Arts Escape Room by Jessica Fletcher Fierro

“Want to start your year with collaboration, engagement, and fun? This escape room/breakout activity is perfect for you! This is a great way to review basic grammar and parts of speech for the beginning of the year.”

TED Talk Lesson: A Parkland Teacher’s Homework for Us All
TED Talk Lesson: A Parkland Teacher’s Homework for Us All by Social Studies Toolbox

It’s FREE!

“If you are looking for a way to open the door to thoughtful conversation about the gun violence epidemic in this country, this powerful TED Talk by Diane-Wolk Rogers is an appropriate entry point.”

Upstander Interactive Bulletin Board and Activities
“Upstander Interactive Bulletin Board and Activities” by Social Studies Toolbox

“Educate students about what it means to be an upstander with this interactive bulletin board. This bulletin board includes key vocabulary, inspirational quotes, examples of upstanders in history, and much more!”

Slam Poetry Day One Lesson Plan
Slam Poetry Day One Lesson Plan by Teacher Off Duty

It’s FREE!

“While slam poetry is an incredibly engaging form of poetry to teach, it can be difficult to know how to start. This ready-to-go lesson plan has everything you need to get your students writing incredible, from-the-heart slam poetry from day one.”

Slam Poetry Unit Plan--Middle-High School
Slam Poetry Unit Plan–Middle-High School by Teacher Off Duty

“This slam poetry unit plan pushes students to write and perform powerful slam poems about problems that matter to them. It includes everything you need to teach the unit: 3 weeks of lesson plans, slides, handouts, and rubrics as well as a carefully curated, highly diverse set of slam poetry examples with links to videos and transcripts.”