The Literary Maven: 7 Realistic Fiction Titles to Recommend to Your Middle School Students
Teachers' lives are hectic, and though many of us love to read, we don't always have the time to do it, which can make it tough to make recommendations to students or to select titles for our classroom library. Here's 7 realistic fiction titles that I've
Create a Board Game Book Report Project | Post Reading Assessment
Looking for a fun and creative book report project? Middle or high school students will really get into creating their own board game based on their book. This project can be used as a post-reading assessment for a whole class novel, short story, independent reading, or even a long poem.
Reading Response Question Cards for Any Book-- Task Cards for Close Reading
These 100 question cards for any novel will help your students engage in meaningful and insightful discussions about the books they are reading. The cards address setting, characters, plot, theme, symbolism, point of view, style, and more! Students will need to use reading strategies such as inference, summarizing, comparing and contrasting etc. to dig deeper into the text.#closereading #readingworkshop #literaryanalysis
The Literary Maven: What I'm Reading & Teaching in October
After a choppy start, I'm settling into routines with my classes: independent reading, choice writing, our first unit, and soon our whole class novel. In October we are continuing with our "Animal Intelligence" unit and almost ready to synthesize our nonfiction readings and have a debate. We will also soon be starting our first whole class novel of the year, Pax by Sara Pennypacker.
How to Teach a Long Novel — Mud and Ink Teaching
Here are five tips, strategies, and ideas on making your long novel unit engaging. From War and Peace, to To Kill a Mockingbird, to Pride and Prejudice, these are ideas that will keep your kids involved in your unit rather than exhausted by every last detail.
Nonfiction, biography, book study, middle school, ELL, reading comprehension
This book introduces readers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her powerful perseverance, and world-changing ideas. Accessible text, supportive features, and interesting "extras" make these books an engaging way to interact with nonfiction. This resource offers materials to create an entire book study or unit. It includes specific text-related questions, extension activities, task cards, vocabulary words, a multiple-choice quiz, and two differentiated projects. Perfect for grades 6-8, all learners.
Six Ways to Create Warmth in your December Classroom (and still take care of business!) — Mud and In
6 Ways to Create Warmth in your Classroom (and take care of business too!) This time of year is challenging for so many reasons; from the looming horror of final exams to the downright awful cold weather (remember, Chicago girl here!), December is a teach
Teaching Grammar in Just 10 Minutes a Day
This daily grammar program is what the teacher ordered for a daily routine and improving students' understanding and application of key grammar skills. With this resource, you are getting a NO PREP activity for EVERY day of the week ALL YEAR LONG: this program covers a wide range of grammar concepts complete with daily bell ringers, worksheets, quizzes, teacher's guides, and more! You will need nothing else to get your grammar program up and running!
HAMLET | HAMLET GOOGLE SLIDES ASSIGNMENT
HAMLET GOOGLE SLIDES ASSIGNMENTCREATE, EVALUATE, ANALYZE Are you looking for an interesting project to wrap up your book study? I assign this at the end of the semester instead of a final essay. This assignment will test your students’ writing and editing skills, but also reveal their ability to analyze the more nuanced and symbolic passages from HAMLET. This assignment is perfect as an engaging and creative, culminating activity. CLICK TO SEE MORE!
Gothic Fiction Literature: A Mini Unit for Secondary Students
If you're anything like me, I cannot teach Gothic fiction with just one short story. I designed this printable, low-prep mini unit to guide high school English students to learn through inquiry. Students will work individually or in small groups to explore a variety of Gothic stories while analyzing literary elements, comparing and contrasting texts, determine literary patterns among the stories, writing exercises, and close reading activities.
A Critical Eye for Remote Reading
Help your students to read critically during their online and hybrid learning experiences this school year. Using strategic lessons and activities can help students evaluate text and question the accuracy and authenticity of the materials in front of them. In both classroom and distance learning environments, students interact with text in online spaces that require them to navigate digital tools and think critically about the content they come across. #EdTech #EduTech #VirtualLearning #Distance
The Ultimate Crime Bundle- Criminals, Serial Podcast, Lizzie Borden, & MORE!
In this bundle, you will find the top-selling crime units from Bespoke ELA from the Lizzie Borden murder case to the Serial Season One Podcast, these lessons are sure to captivate your students in non-fiction study and target skills in both reading and writing. For #highschoolela #secondaryela #2ndaryela #nonfiction #englishteacher #bespokeela
PLATO'S CAVE ALLEGORY AND THE CRUCIBLE
PLATO'S CAVE ALLEGORY | THE CRUCIBLE | THE CRUCIBLE ESSAY ALTERNATIVE ✺ CRITICAL THINKING LECTURE The Cave Allegory is one of the most famous passages of philosophy, and I think all students should study it sometime during their education. It asks its readers to liberate themselves from the conventional bonds that chain them. My intention here is to provide a 90 minute to two-hour lecture for high school, college, and first or second year university students. Pair with THE CRUCIBLE!