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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
No Prep Holiday Lessons for Middle School English Language Arts Teachers.
When the craziness of the holiday season is suddenly thrust upon us and we don’t even know what day of the week it is, sometimes pulling together a great lesson for our students feels overwhelming. Before I created this unit, I remember limping (figuratively) through December wondering if I’d ever get on top of things … Read More
Do you struggle to keep your students engaged as the Holidays and Winter Break loom in the near future? You’re not alone! Check out these tips and tricks!
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