lesson plans

Use prewriting activities to improve writing instruction.

11 Pre writing Strategies (and how to use them)

There are many prewriting strategies you can use to help your students get ready to write. Here is a list of 11 and how to use them. Teaching writing can be a daunting task, but by breaking the writing process up, you’re students will be more successful. The best place to start writing instruction is […] Read more…

How to teach weather poems

How to write weather poems

Why will your students love writing weather poems? There is one thing we can agree on…the weather outside our classroom windows can be fascinating! No matter the time of year, the weather can be a source of distraction (“I see a snowflake!”) or inspiration. Use what’s happening outside your classroom to engage students in meaningful […] Read more…

What are you teaching in September

What to teach in September

Capitalize on the energy and enthusiasm students (and you!) have at the start of the year — and plan middle school activities and your September lesson plans that will help you establish routines and set expectations for a successful year. What will your September lesson plans look like? The problem with September We start the […] 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…

Holiday writing prompts

Ways to Keep Students Writing Before Holidays

Need a holiday writing prompt to keep your students’ interested in content material during the holidays?   How do you keep students interested in writing? Use an engaging — impossible to resist topic! Even though winter holidays are distracting, your students can practice persuasion, description, and creative writing skills. Taking a break from your regular […] 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 suggestions to make them work for your students: Writing warm ups + timer Here’s the scene: Your students come into the classroom.  As they do every day, they work on […] 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…