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…

Looking for ideas to teach narrative writing? Click through for ways to make your teaching more effective, productive, and organized.

How to Teach Narrative Writing

When it’s time to teach narrative writing, you’re faced with lots of choices, requirements…and grading. Looking for help with where to start and how to organize this writing task?  Here are some tips for teaching successful narrative writing. What is narrative writing? Narrative writing tells a story. It may or may not be true. It […] Read more…

Ready to teach creative writing? Click through for tips to making it the best class ever! Download the free story starters and you're ready to go!

Tips for Teaching Creative Writing

Teaching creative writing?  Here are some tips to get you started. How to Teach Creative Writing All writing is (or at least should be) creative.   However, if you are teaching a specific creative writing class, here are some tips to keep it moving: Plan your outcomes. Build your lessons. Create a feedback loop. Foster […] Read more…

Wondering what to teach in November? Here are 12 ideas to keep your students working and enthusiastic!

What to Teach in November

Wondering what to teach in November?  Here are 12 ideas to help you get started. In the U.S., November means cooler temperatures, settling into school routines, voting, and Thanksgiving.   Journal Prompts 1.  Teaching gratitude.  Fall seems to be a natural time to think about gratitude here in the States.  I love this gratitude journal. The digital version is great to display […] Read more…

Use diagnostic writing assessments to improve your classroom instruction. Click through to discover how, and download a free writing assessment tool.

What Your Students’ Writing Samples are Telling You

The best way to learn about your student writers is to perform a diagnostic writing assessment.  This can help you analyze what your students need and determine your instructional strategies. When you get a batch of new students, you need to get to know them as human beings, but also as students — and more […] Read more…

Searching for ways to help struggling writers? This post provides a variety of ways you can do that. Help your middle school students achieve writing fluency this year!

How to Help Struggling Writers

I recently received a message from a teacher asking for help with her struggling middle school writers.  She knew that all of her plans, units, and writing prompts were not going to be effective teaching tools if her students didn’t grasp the writing fundamentals they needed. Perhaps you spent an entire in-service day planning your […] Read more…

Host a reading challenge with your students. Whether they read 4 or 40 books, you'll find tips here that will help you run a successful reading challenge.

15 Tips for a Reading Challenge

Ready to host a reading challenge with your class?  Whether you want your students to read 4 or 40 books this year, here are some ideas that will help you be successful. The Problem with a Reading Challenge It’s no secret that middle school students aren’t spending as much time reading as they are on […] Read more…

How to strengthen digital literacy -- tips to help your students develop critical thinking skills.

Strengthen Digital Literacy for Students

The internet is a wonderful place where you can learn all kinds of amazing things. The internet is a terrifying place — where you can learn all kinds of amazing things. Both of these statements are true! Enter Digital Literacy Parents and teachers alike can see the benefits and perils of online information for children. […] Read more…

Looking for ideas for October? Here are 12 ideas that will strengthen writing, reading, researching, and speaking skills for your students!

What to Teach in October

Looking for October lesson plan ideas — or have the have the crazies of October already hit? 🎃 Either way, here are 12 ideas to help you keep students working and engaged for the month (numbers 5 & 6 are my favorites!). Writing Adjust journal prompts.  One of my students’ favorites is to write about […] Read more…

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