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Integrating SEL into Your ELA Curriculum
Practical Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

ISBN 9781138345263
Published November 6, 2018 by Routledge
252 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this helpful book, you’ll learn how to seamlessly infuse social-emotional learning into your middle school English language arts curriculum. With the growing emphasis on student assessment and learning outcomes, many teachers find they lack the time and the encouragement to begin implementing SEL techniques into their instruction. This book offers a solution in the form of practical lesson plans—all of which can be implemented without tedious preparation and all of which are designed to boost self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and other key SEL skills. Your students will discover how to…

    • Practice mindfulness and think positively,
    • Exert self-control and employ self-management skills,
    • Become independent thinkers and make sound decisions,
    • Be resilient and develop a growth mindset,
    • Improve relationship skills and avoid bullying,
    • Be authentic and develop leadership skills,
    • And much more!

Each activity is ELA-focused, so students will develop social-emotional learning while meeting key literacy objectives such as reading a nonfiction speech, looking closely at symbolism, analyzing Shakespearean sonnets, and more. The book also includes reproducible tools for classroom use. You can photocopy them or download them as eResources from

Table of Contents



Meet the Authors


Chapter 1: Why You Will Want to Integrate SEL Into Your Curriculum

Part 1: Self-Awareness

Chapter 2: Be Authentic

Chapter 3: Practice Mindfulness

Part II: Self-Management

Chapter 4: Feel Positive

Chapter 5: Control Yourself

Chapter 6: Think Independently

Chapter 7: Be Resilient

Part III: Social Awareness

Chapter 8: Cooperate and Compete Successfully

Chapter 9: Neither Be a Bully Nor Be Bullied

Part IV: Relationship Skills

Chapter 10: Develop Fruitful Friendships

Chapter 11: Demonstrate Leadership

Part V: Responsible Decision Making

Chapter 12: Think Creatively

Chapter 13: Think Critically and Wisely

Part VI: Achieving Teaching Goals More Effectively

Chapter 14: Help for Harried Teachers

Chapter 15: Multiple Means of Measuring Your Students’ SEL

Chapter 16: The Future of SEL


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John Dacey is Professor Emeritus of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in Massachusetts. He is an expert on SEL and anxiety disorders and has a nationally tested COPE program used by parents, teachers, and psychotherapists to relieve the symptoms of anxiety syndrome. He is the author of 18 books on anxiety, creativity, and human development.

Lindsey Neves Baillargeron teaches English language arts to grades 6 through 12 in the North Attleboro Public School District in Massachusetts. She has integrated SEL into curricula, presented professional development workshops on emotional intelligence, and served on the SEL District Steering Committee. She has also served as a member of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts.

Nancy Tripp has taught general education and inclusion English language arts, as well as language-based classes and Tier 2 reading instruction to grades 5 through 8 for 25 years in Westport, Massachusetts. She loves curriculum work and has presented numerous professional development workshops, study groups, and summer institutes.