A Great Resource for Lesson Plans

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:

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!

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