Life isn't easy for English teachers today. We are constantly frustrated by any number of the following issues:
The curriculum writers and teachers at Teach Box believe in inquiry-based learning. This means that student learning is driven by questions: we ask them and students explore a variety of sources to discover an answer for themselves.
Each month, your Teach Box will be centered around an EQ (Essential Question). Think of if as a mini-unit or curriculum supplement that asks students to think deeply about a meaningful question, not just regurgitate literary device definitions or answer plot-based text questions. We've already delivered Boxes asking:
How is social media changing relationships?
How does one maintain his or her cultural identity?
When is it time to take a stand against the status quo?
By using Essential Questions, teachers can not only address their mandated texts, but they can also easily deepen writing and discussion with Teach Box materials that ask kids to think on a more global scale and investigate the ways nonfiction current events and literature can work together to answer these kinds of questions.
Here at Teach Box, we strive to bring creative, rigorous, and fresh curriculum to secondary English teachers. Whether you're sick of the same ole' same ole' things you've been doing or just looking to liven things up, we hope that introducing Essential Questions into your classroom revolutionizes the energy of your discussions and text experiences with your students.