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Halloween Activities for Middle School Language Arts

I LOVE Autumn! It’s my favorite time of the year! Football, Halloween, cooler weather, fall family activities, beautiful trees changing colors–I am here for all of it! If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I love to incorporate holiday-themed lessons that both teach ELA content and bring in a bit of festive … Read More

Six Picture Books to Read to Middle School Students

Whenever I tell people that I am a middle school teacher, they almost always respond with some version of “Bless your heart!” or “I could never teach middle school!” People always seem shocked that anyone would enjoy working with that age group! I usually just smile and say, “It’s not for everyone, but middle school … Read More

The Elements of Fiction Unit

My Favorite Fiction Unit to Begin the School Year Grammar? Vocabulary? Fiction? Nonfiction? Reading Strategies? Poetry? Social-Emotional Learning? Writing? Argumentative Writing? Informational Writing? Narrative Writing? With so many topics to cover in a typical middle school Language Arts curriculum, it can be difficult to decide what to teach your students first! I realize that some … Read More

Unforgettable Back to School Memories

I love beginning a new school year! Coming back into the classroom feels like a new beginning for everyone–students AND teachers! And after the year that we have just had, we could all really use a fresh start! Irrational Fears? At this time of the year, I always remember my very first first day of … Read More

Teachers and the Global Pandemic

Teachers & the Global Pandemic

2020-2021 was a tough year for all of us, including teachers! How can teachers find peaceful ways to process this difficult year and move forward stronger and better teachers and human beings? Keep reading for Four Steps for Teachers following a Global Pandemic.

Why Study Greek Mythology?

Considering all the curriculum teachers are required to cover throughout a school year, why should a teacher consider incorporating Greek Mythology? While there may be many reasons, I have noted four of my top reasons why teachers–from elementary to high school–should incorporate Greek Mythology into their curriculum. 1. Greek Mythology is FUN! First and foremost, … Read More

My Top 3 Greek Mythology Units

Greek Mythology is hands-down one of the most popular units that I have ever taught to my middle school students–second only to my Fun Poetry Unit. With the rise of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and other modern allusions to Greek Mythology, students’ interest in the ancient stories is higher than ever. I love to … Read More

FUN Poetry Activities for National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? I admit that I have only learned that fact very recently! Apparently, the Academy of American Poets created this month-long celebration 1996 to spread the love of lyrical language! Confession Time I will also admit that I have never been a big fan of poetry. My … Read More

Black History Month Research Project Middle School

Black History Month Research Project

Celebrate Black History Month with this fun and engaging research project! Your middle school students will love learning about the research process and discovering incredible African American heroes!

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