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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…

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…

Looking for ways to teach critical thinking skills? Here are ways to use propaganda to help students practice. Free lesson plan included.

Propaganda and Critical Thinking

Teaching our students to be critical thinkers is more important than ever.  One (fun!) way to do this is to teach about how propaganda is used in popular culture.  Examples abound! Start with propaganda they know 👉You can find a lesson plan to teach propaganda in my exclusive resource library.  You can gain access here! […] Read more…

These 12 poems are perfect for middle school students. The post includes lesson plan ideas and a free poetry discussion starter.

12 Poems that Speak to Middle Schoolers

Here are 12 poems that seem to be written specifically for that special group.  Poems that will speak loud and clear to your students! Elementary teachers have Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein; high school teachers have T.S. Elliot and William Butler Yeats, but what about middle school?  👉Start the discussion about what makes a poem […] Read more…

7 ways to teach dystopia literature

7 Steps to Create Book Clubs with Dystopia Literature

Students LOVE dystopia literature!  From The Hunger Games and beyond…the genre is popular! That’s why it is a perfect match for your book clubs. Students can’t seem to get enough of them, and there are so many great titles to choose from!  That’s a good thing when we want our students to want to read! Capitalize on the popularity […] Read more…

5 Ways to Teach Summarizing Skills

Teaching students how to summarize a text is important… So important that it is part of the CCSS reading standards for literature and informational texts beginning in grade 4 and continuing (with greater rigor) through grade 12. As educators, we know why summarizing will help students: improve reading comprehension filter main ideas from details follow […] Read more…

11 Dystopian Novels for Your Middle School Students

Dystopian literature remains popular with middle school students… and they can’t seem to get enough of this genre.  Why not use these popular titles to run your literature groups? Here are: eleven sure dystopian novels that your students will enjoy reading, discussing, debating, and analyzing! well-known and lesser-known titles for students who want to read […] Read more…

Teaching Characterization with Short Films

Teach characterization using short films that will keep your students engaged in learning! But first… What is characterization? Characterization refers to the way a writer develops and creates characters.  How does the character come to life?  That is characterization. How is a character developed? The writer may use direct or indirect ways to develop a character.   With direct characterization the writer tells the […] Read more…

5 classic novels that middle school students will actually want to read!

5 Classic Books for Middle Schoolers

What’s a “classic” piece of literature?  Mark Twain defined it as “something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” Those words might ring true when you sit down to read War and Peace  or Moby Dick, but what about middle school classics? Modern Classics in Middle School A classic includes enduring themes, relatable characters, […] Read more…

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