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Wondering what to teach in April? This post is full of ideas for reading, writing, grammar, research -- and more!

What to teach in April

Spring is in the air! Here are some ideas to inspire you this 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 It is also National Kite Month (this website has cool information under the […] Read more…

What should you teach in February? Here are ideas to help you get the most from this month!

What to teach in February

Looking for ideas of what to teach in February? Here are some ideas to get you started! This article contains affiliate links.  You can read more about that here. There are tons of quirky, funny, and interesting holidays this month. You can find a whole list here. Here are some of the important ones that […] Read more…

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…

Looking for teaching ideas for January? Here are 11 that are sure to help. Grammar, writing, reading, and more. Click through for exclusive freebies for teachers!

What to teach in January

Not sure what to teach in January? Here is a list of ideas to get you started! Here are some important events for this month that you’ll want to be sure to include on your calendar: January is International Creativity Month January 17 is Kid Inventor’s Day January 18 is Thesaurus Day (Peter Mark Roget’s […] 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…

Looking for ideas for October? Here are 12 ideas that will strengthen writing, reading, researching, and speaking skills for your students!

What to Teach in October

Looking for October lesson plan ideas — or have the have the crazies of October already hit? ūüéÉ Either way, here are 12 ideas to help you keep students working and engaged for the month (numbers 5 & 6 are my favorites!). Writing Adjust journal prompts.  One of my students’ favorites is to write about […] 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…

5 Ways to Teach Summarizing Skills

Teaching students how to summarize a text is important… So important that it is part of the CCSS reading standards for literature and informational texts beginning in grade 4 and continuing (with greater rigor) through grade 12. As educators, we know why summarizing will help students: improve reading comprehension filter main ideas from details follow […] Read more…

5 terrific historical fiction books for middle schoolers -- and how to get them to read 'em!

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…

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