Here are 6 strategies for grouping students. Perfect flexible grouping methods for differentiation, projects, and team building activities.

Grouping Students – Strategies that Work

No matter how entertaining you are, your students still need to move around and talk during class. Here are some great ways to get students moving, talking, problem solving, and interacting with different classmates. What’s the perfect size for grouping students? Students often struggle in groups. One student make take over and do all the […] Read more…

What lessons do you have planned for March? Here are fresh lesson plan ideas and activities you can try this month.

What to teach in March

Looking for fresh ideas for lesson planning? Here are suggestions for what to teach in March. Here are some important events this month that you’ll want to be sure to add to your calendar: March is Women’s History Month The first week of the month is “Write a Letter of Appreciation” week Read Across America […] Read more…

Follow these easy steps to teaching expository writing.

How to Teach Expository Writing

Ready to teach expository writing? Before your students jump into expository writing, make sure they understand what it is. What is expository writing? Whether you refer to it as expository or informative writing, expository texts explain. They inform the reader about something — the writing can be structure as: how to do something cause/effect comparison/contrast […] Read more…

What should you teach in February? Here are ideas to help you get the most from this month!

What to teach in February

Looking for ideas of what to teach in February? Here are some ideas to get you started! This article contains affiliate links.  You can read more about that here. There are tons of quirky, funny, and interesting holidays this month. You can find a whole list here. Here are some of the important ones that […] Read more…

Need help preparing emergency sub plans? Here's a quick guide to preparing for a sub.

Emergency Sub Plans for Middle School

Plan for a substitute by creating emergency sub plans for your middle school ELA classroom. What’s worse than missing school? Planning for a sub! Even if you have the luxury of planning ahead, preparing for a sub is often more painful than just being at school! Here are some ideas to get you ready! 👉 […] Read more…

Teach your students how to write memoirs with this easy-to-follow guide.

Writing Personal Narratives/ Memoirs

Ready to teach your students how to write a memoir essay? Here are steps to help you teach effectively and your students to produce a meaningful piece of writing. What is a memoir essay? A memoir is a personal essay that explores an event that a person has experienced. It’s different from a personal narrative […] Read more…

Need mentor texts to help your students understand memoir writing? Here is a list of 13 texts you can share to get them started.

Memoir Mentor Texts for Middle School

Use memoir mentor texts to help you teach this genre to your students. Here is a list of mentor texts to help you get started. This article contains affiliate links.  You can read more about that here. When you start teaching memoir writing or personal narratives, you’ll want to provide students with mentor texts that […] Read more…

Looking for teaching ideas for January? Here are 11 that are sure to help. Grammar, writing, reading, and more. Click through for exclusive freebies for teachers!

What to teach in January

Not sure what to teach in January? Here is a list of ideas to get you started! Here are some important events for this month that you’ll want to be sure to include on your calendar: January is International Creativity Month January 17 is Kid Inventor’s Day January 18 is Thesaurus Day (Peter Mark Roget’s […] Read more…

Wondering what to teach in December? Here are 10 ideas to keep your students working and engaged through the month. Click through for a free ugly sweater lesson plan!

What to teach in December

Not sure what to teach in December? Here’s a list of 10 fun activities for one of the most challenging teaching months of the year. (Number 9 is my favorite!!) Journal Prompts 1.Holiday memoir Use journal prompts to help students dive into their memories!  This is a great prewriting activity if you plan to have […] Read more…

Engage middle school students in narrative writing by using short videos. Click through to learn how to effectively use commercial, pixar shorts, and TV shows to get your students thinking about narrative elements.

Using Videos to Teach Students about Narrative Writing

As you are preparing your students to begin with narratives, teach them the elements of the genre.  Before they even put pen to paper, you can use videos to teach narrative writing.  Why? We are surrounded by stories.   Commercials, TV shows, movies, video games, print ads, and billboards — they all tell (or attempt to) […] Read more…

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