Hot -N- Ready Strategies
STAAR Review Edition
STAAR is Coming... but breathe!
Comprehensive List of Instructional Strategies
Thinking Near "the Box"
You can take the "Who Am I?" activity and incorporate technology to adapt a "Heads Up" style game. OR you can create "Taboo" cards to have students work with academic vocabulary. I'm sure you can even find a cool app to help with this. Take a look at and JustSayIt! and Word Charades in the App Store.
You can adjust the "Just the Facts, Please" activity by having students make inferences using different media. Students can use the visual prompts or film shorts in order to make inferences. My favorite film short to use is "For The Birds." You can also use YouTube videos to have students go through a series of exploratory questions to generate thinking and using evidence to support that thinking. I had pleasure of attending a workshop facilitated by M. Smith who shared a packet of how to teach literacy using YouTube videos. This is definitely worth a look and it can be easily modified for your needs. Her packet includes the following YouTube Videos:
Or you can get creative like this teacher did and create a crime scene to have students gather in groups to "investigate" and gather conclusions about what happened.
Here are a few student samples from Mrs. K. Briseño's classroom:
- Hope can make people go forward. –Linda Lee
- Failure is a lesson of success. –Benson Liu
- Sometimes you do something not because you want to do it, but to challenge yourself. –Steven Cheng
- If you want to do something, you shouldn't care about what other people say. –Andre Fontes
Gretchen Bernabei attaches truisms to her visual prompts for students to use to guide writing.
Even sad things are important.
The 11 Minute Essay
Using Student Writing as Models
Use these writing samples to teach craft lessons in:
- time transition
- deepening a truism
- point of view/ absolutes
- layering thinking
- dialogue with inner reactions
- embedding other types of text/ genre
- abruptness for power
- dead giveaway
- genre switch: story of a letter
Revising and Editing
Kernel essays are the perfect starting point for getting authentic writing out of your students. Kernel essays are a simple, fun, and fast way of seeing if students have a story worth telling. You can choose to start on a regular sheet of paper or use a planning sheet.
You can start with a kernel structure or have them create one using sample essays.ENG II Kernel Essays
HS Remediation Packets
Past Hot-N-Ready Packets
These packets were compiled and given during ongoing PD this year. They contain a variety of strategies that can be easily implemented into your lessons without changing your content.
Packet 1 includes Hashtag Activity, Conversation Questions, and Quotation Mingle.
Packet 2 includes Tableaux, Support Your Position, and Written Discussion.
Packet 3 includes Devolved Essays, Pitchforking, and Infoshots. Also includes many visual prompts from Bernabei.