Kriss Kross, part II

I can’t believe I forgot to put this up here. I made another crossword puzzle a few weeks ago, something to keep kids busy while I was subbing for middle school study hall.

On one side of the page I copied a handout on the 12 (but really 14) Olympians. I forgot to include Hestia, dernnit. Maybe I’ll update it at some point to include her. On the other was the crossword. For some reason, middle schoolers really love crosswords. Go figure. Downloads after the jump.

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Modals and Advice Columnists

I recently took on a long-term subbing gig as an ESL/ELL teacher at an inner-city charter school. The previous teacher left nothing behind, so I’m starting from scratch, and developing my own curriculum as I go. Heaven help us.

How I feel after only the first few days.

How I feel after only the first few days. These kids ain’t easy.

I’ve decided to start with an “advice column” unit, in order to teach modal verbs (can, should, might, etc.) and to develop writing skills. There are many great resources online, such as this quick how-to on teaching modals on Busy Teacher, but I wanted to add my own touch to it.

I took an existing advice column, found here, answering the letter of a girl whose boyfriend refuses to shower. The poor, unfortunate soul. Add an assignment to find some modal verbs… finish it off with some reading comprehension questions… and… VOILA! A worksheet to drill a mundane grammar concept in a slightly fun way.

Snatch the free download after the jump:

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