How to manage free choice in writing workshop

How to offer choices in writing workshop

Middle school students love options! By providing choices during writing workshop, you will increase student excitement and engagement about the writing process. Here are ways to do just that. The difficulty of teaching writing Well, let’s be honest. Teaching writing is really, really hard work! All of our students are at different levels. In one […] Read more…

What are effective teaching strategies for vocabulary instruction?

10 effective vocabulary teaching strategies

Teaching vocabulary can be a real challenge. Looking for some extra help? Here are vocabulary teaching strategies that with help you and your students in your word study. Why is vocabulary important? We know that vocabulary instruction is important. When our students can understand, decode, and determine the meaning of new words, their reading comprehension […] Read more…

fun activities for the end of the school year

Fun activities for the end of the school year

Need engaging, fun, and rigorous end of school year activities? I’ve teamed up with these awesome teachers to share our best lessons with you that will help you all the way through the last day of school! The end of the school year can be stressful — how can you keep your students engaged when […] Read more…

What should you teach this month? Here are lesson plans and ideas for you to make teaching a breeze!

What to teach in May

Ready for this month? Here is a list of to help you decide what to teach in May. Grab your calendar and mark down these holidays! May is Latino Books Month It is also Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month May is “Get Caught Reading” month (check out the ideas below!) Of course, May […] Read more…

Learn how to teach blackout poetry.

How to Teach Blackout Poetry

Looking for a fun poetry activity? This will guide you on how to teach blackout poetry — and why you should! You know those books on your shelf that are falling to pieces? Grab ’em! You’re going to love using them for blackout poetry! What is blackout poetry? Blackout poetry is a type of “found” […] Read more…

Ready to teach poetry? This post will guide you through the process.

Strategies for Teaching Poetry: The Ultimate Guide

Looking for teaching strategies as you begin a poetry unit? Teaching poetry can be intimidating — for both students and teachers. But it doesn’t have to be! This post dives into ways you can teach poetry in fun and effective ways. Read on! Why should I teach poetry? By the time your students reach middle […] Read more…

Here are ideas to help students get excited about research. Lesson plans and ideas that will get you started.

How to Get Your Students Excited about Research

Research should be fun!  Yet it often involves restricted topics, rules, and requirements that can limit a student’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm.   Encourage students to follow their questions by implementing simple, small research activities about topics they are curious about. Create a Research Notebook I loved making  upcycled notebooks, and I decided to use […] Read more…

Looking for quick ways to engage students in writing arguments? Here are quick lessons and activities to get started.

How to teach argument writing

Ready to start teaching argumentative writing? Arguments and middle school students go hand in hand! Looking for essay topics and ideas to help your students? Read on! What is an argument? That seems like a silly question, but ask your students and you’ll be surprised at the responses you get! What you really want to […] Read more…

Ready to teach persuasive writing? Here are easy to use ideas to get you started.

How to teach Persuasive Writing

How should you teach persuasive writing? Here are some tips and tricks to get your students started. Let’s get started! What is persuasive writing? Before sending your students off to write, make sure they understand what persuasive writing is. Persuasive writing is designed to convince the reader to think or act a certain way. Persuasive […] Read more…

Lesson Ideas for what to teach in April

Wondering what to teach in April? This post is full of ideas to keep your students engaged and you organized! Let’s dive right in! Preview the month Here is a list of interesting and important events that are happening in April. You’ll want to put them on your calendar! April is Black Women’s History Month […] Read more…

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