middle school

Teach your students how to write memoirs with this easy-to-follow guide.

Writing Personal Narratives/ Memoirs

Ready to teach your students how to write a memoir essay? Here are steps to help you teach effectively and your students to produce a meaningful piece of writing. What is a memoir essay? A memoir is a personal essay that explores an event that a person has experienced. It’s different from a personal narrative […] Read more…

How can you teach gratitude to your students? Here are 15 tips to help you do just that.

Ways to Teach Gratitude in the Classroom

You don’t need an advanced degree to know that we can benefit from practicing gratitude.  As a teacher, you are in a unique and powerful position to help your students consider, think about, and practice gratitude. The benefits of developing gratitude (for all of us): improved relationships better health better sleep less stress improve empathy […] 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?  ūüĎČStart 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…

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…

organize classroom ideas

Nine Ways to Organize Your Classroom

This is going to be the year, right? ¬†The year you are really, really going to get organized! ¬†No more paper stacks, lost copies, or overflowing file folders. ¬†No more wondering where those thirty glue sticks are or if there are enough colored pencils! This is the year, and these inspiration ideas can help you […] Read more…

Improve digital literacy: teach students how to fact check with these easy tools.

Digital Literacy: Fact Checking

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” Those opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities seem wildly accurate in describing the our own digital age — especially when it comes to our students. Students most definitely need help […] Read more…

First Day of School – Fun and Games

    The first day of school is full of organizing, paper passing, and expectations. ¬†While kids are happy to reconnect with friends, the business of the first day can be draining. ¬†That’s why playing a game on the first day is a great way to engage students. I play Scattergories throughout the year with […] Read more…

How to run successful book talks

Book Talks Invigorate Student Reading

Books talks are a great way to reinvigorate reading in your classroom.  Students enjoy talking about the current books they‚Äôre reading without a lot of additional folderol (ha!  I didn‚Äôt know that was a real word!). I have my students present book talks once a month.  It’s a great way to start class, get students […] Read more…

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