lesson plans

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…

Are your students benefiting from writing warm ups or are they just busy work? Here are some practical tips for getting the most from these. And a free week's worth of interactive writing warm ups!

Writing Warm Ups – How to make the most of them

Do you use daily writing warm ups at the beginning of your writing class?  How can you make the most of them?  Here are a few suggestions: 👉You can snag a week’s worth of interactive writing warm ups in my exclusive resource library.  You can gain access here! Writing warm ups + timer Here’s the scene: […] Read more…

Ready to write unit plans? This step-by-step post will help you plan efficient, meaningful units that you'll be able to use year after year! Free planning guide.

Unit Planning (for units you’ll actually use)

Teaching with a unit plan makes your weekly lesson planning a snap.  It also helps you organize and plan your year.  Here are some quick steps to unit planning that will really work! If you’ve already created a year long plan, you’ll use that to pick the unit you want to create.  If your yearlong plan […] Read more…

Fun writing activity to keep students engaged during the holidays.

Keep Students Writing with a Holiday Writing Prompt

It is difficult to keep students’ interested in content material during the holidays!  That is something we can count on! How do you keep students interested in writing? Use an engaging — impossible to resist topic! Student letter to Santa… With a twist! My favorite holiday prompt is:  Dear Santa, Please Take Me Off the […] Read more…

Why should you teach poetry all year? The whys and hows are all here!

How to Teach Poetry All Year

If you love National Poetry month and feel sad when it’s over, consider teaching poetry all year! I’ve written a guest post for Rachel Lynette’s blog Minds in Bloom that includes ten reasons why you absolutely should teach poetry all year — and seven simple ways how to do it. My favorite strategy I like to just share […] Read more…

Weather Poems

T.S. Elliot may have written that “April is the cruellest month,” but January through March can be pretty ruthless!  Snow days interfere with the flow of your class and students feel antsy if they can’t get outside because of wind chill factors.  Not to mention that anything happening outside the windows of a middle school […] Read more…