The Literacy Effect
You know that collective sigh, the one that choruses around the room when you enthusiastically announce, "Class, the next unit we'll be entering into is poetry!" If poetry is taught the right way, students should be cheering at the thought of a Poetry Workshop day. Below I will outline the "why" of Poetry Workshop along with tips and tricks that I have picked up to make any poetry unit a raging success in your middle school classroom. If you like what you read below and want to implement a…
The Literary Maven: 13 Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students & Teaching Literary Elements
Don't let your literature anthology dictate the short stories you read with your middle school and high school students. There are so many wonderful short stories out there, many of which can be used to teach a variety of literary elements and paired with other texts. Read on for 13 of my favorites, which literary terms and skills they lend themselves to teaching, plus suggested text pairings and activities.
FREE Brain Teasers for 3rd - 5th Grades
This three page sample (plus a key, record sheet, and teacher notes) is from my complete set of 40 Brain Teasers for Transitions. The brain teasers are higher level thinking activities that are perfect for any type of transition time, when you have an extra five to ten minutes right before recess or...
Poet Study, Poetry Activity, Research, Pennant, Make Your Own Banner
POET STUDY, POETRY ACTIVITY, RESEARCH, PENNANT, MAKE YOUR OWN BANNER | English Language Arts | English Teacher Resource for Poetry | National Poetry Month ($)
Text Structure Sort : 50 Card Sorting Activity
Teaching informational text structure? Add some fun with this 50 card sorting game. A great activity to keep kids engaged and practicing types of text structure, including chronological, sequence, cause/effect, compare/contrast, description, and problem/solution.
Reading Comprehension Passages Grades 6-8 Activities for Short Stories + DIGITAL
Short stories and poems for middle school | Reading literature journal for grades 6-8 | Activities and lessons for a variety of texts | Bloom's Taxonomy | Projects | Writing activities | Sixth grade, seventh grade, eighth grade
Pop-Up Toasts: A Last Day of School Activity
Have some unclaimed time on the last day of school and want to make the most of it? Try this reflective, real life public speaking activity
200 Text Dependent Reading Passages - Text Evidence Writing Prompts
August - May Bundle! 200 Text Dependent Reading Passages with Daily Writing Prompts . It also includes Constructed Response Reading and Writing using text evidence. The daily writing rotates the CCSS narrative writing, expository writing, and opinion writing. This bundle has a Google Classroom option using Google Slides and pdf color and b/w printables option.
30 Poems to Teach Using The Big Six — Mud and Ink Teaching
The Big Six is a tool that I developed to help teachers take a consistent, rigorous, and focused approach to teaching poetry analysis. The components are entry points, or doors, into analyzing a poem: students can enter from any place they choose or feel most comfortable.