Are you familiar with The New York Times Learning Network blog? Since 1998 they posted lesson plans, writing prompts, student contests, news quizzes, and much more based on articles and multimedia from The New York Times. All articles referenced on the blog are free, not behind a pay wall, and new content is added daily during the school year. I am a freelance contributor to the blog but I am also an avid user of the blog.
The blog contributors and editors do a great job developing lesson plans and they are often interdisciplinary. I love that they are simple and easy to present. I love to use the lesson plans as my emergency sub plans because they are high quality and can be led by someone who does not have a lot of background knowledge.
I’ve used many of the lessons on the blog so I can recommend the following for use in secondary classrooms looking to bring science topics into the English classroom:
- Teaching with Trilobites
- I Remember: Teaching About the Role of Memory Across the Curriculum
- Teaching Star Wars with The New York Times
- Text to Text | ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ and ‘The Sequel’ (This is also a great book to read with students! So much to talk about. There’s also an HBO movie about the story).
- Text to Text | ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘A Fight Club for Flies’
- Text to Text: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and ‘In the Cave: Philosophy and Addiction’
These are just a few of the many, many lesson plans available from The Learning Network. The resources available through the blog are practically endless and each lesson plan has many extensions and cross-curricular ideas. Spend some time this summer browsing the site!