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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Easy Halloween Lesson Plan

Many of our middle school students will be familiar with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. With all the many film and television adaptations that have been produced over the years, many of them have been exposed to the story! However, many of them have not read the actual text! Why? Well, Washington Irving seems to … Read More

Middle School Vocabulary Instruction that ACTUALLY Works!

Check out my ELA Vocabulary Warm-Ups that will change the way your middle school students learn vocabulary! August. Is. Here. It’s game time, people! Raise your hand if you’re ready??!! Truly, I hope you are feeling rejuvenated and energized and ready to tackle another school year! Your students are SO lucky to have you! Here’s … Read More

My 4th Grade Spelling Bee

I thought I’d help you start your week off with a little humor. This absolutely true story is one of those experiences that you wish you could watch on demand later and laugh at yourself. When I was in 4th Grade, I was so excited because I was finally old enough to participate in my … Read More

Unbroken – A Complete Unit Plan

I have to admit: the idea for creating an Unbroken unit plan was not my own! As many of you know, when you first subscribe to my email list, I ask for product suggestions. I do this to help create resources that YOU need! If I do create your suggestion, you get the resource for … Read More

Informational Text Features for Middle School

Reading informational texts and other types of nonfiction becomes increasingly more important as our students progress through middle school. In high school and especially in college, students are expected to read large amounts of complex text and retain the information. The shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” generally begins in middle school. … Read More

How to Write Hooks!

You would think that a blog post about writing hooks would have an incredible hook. Perhaps I am getting wimpy in my old age, but I am hesitant to even try it! You’ll have to settle for a GIF! What I will dare to do is introduce you to a new product that teaches secondary … Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Middle School Students

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day as a child, I remember being the one who always forgot to wear green to school and spent the day scared that I would be pinched! What a strange and creepy tradition! Setting aside the interesting things some of us did in the 80s and 90s, St. Patrick’s … Read More

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