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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…

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7 Steps to Create Dystopia Literature Book Clubs

Ready to start using dystopia literature in your book clubs? Students LOVE it!  From The Hunger Games and beyond…the genre is popular! That’s why it is a perfect match for your book clubs. What are the best ways to get started? Let’s dig in: Students can’t seem to get enough of them, and there are so many great […] Read more…

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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 or reading challenges? Here’s how: Here are: eleven sure dystopian novels that your students will enjoy reading, discussing, debating, and analyzing! well-known and lesser-known titles for […] Read more…

teach characterization using short fun pixar films

Teaching Characterization with Short Films

Teach characterization using short films that will keep your students engaged in learning! Short films like Pixar shorts are perfect for this lesson — and students love them! Students get hooked into the lesson right away! How do you teach it? Let’s dive in: But first… What is characterization? Characterization refers to the way a […] Read more…

classic texts for middle school students

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 Classic Novels in Middle School A classic includes enduring themes, relatable […] Read more…

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5 Historical Fiction Titles for Middle Schoolers

How do you use historical fiction? If you’re in a self-contained classroom, using historical fiction is a natural connection with your social studies content.  It is an awesome way to build background knowledge and help students make strong connections. But what about me? I don’t teach social studies.  I do know what our social studies […] Read more…

Series students will love

5 Series With Characters Your Students will Love

There are so many wonderful series written for middle schoolers. Here are some favorites: Series are important business when it comes to keeping middle school students reading. ¬†They are also great to add to your literature circle rotation since you can offer a “gateway” book. Reluctant readers love them because they are easy to slip […] Read more…

nonfiction for middle school

Nonfiction for Middle School

We all know the issues with middle school and reading.  Weaknesses in reading skills can take a toll on student achievement as we ask and expect them to read more — both in volume and depth.   But nonfiction is so tempting, so tantalizing, so dramatic…just dare your reluctant readers not to pick up a […] Read more…

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