"What's Your Word?" Student Word Goals for the New Year
"What's Your Word?" has students set focused, one-word goals for the new year. Like a New Year's resolution, but more powerful, simple, and with a way-cooler bulletin board. (The Thinker Builder)
EMOJI EASY PEASY WRITING Activity
Emoji's are a thing! I love "rolling" with the trends and things that will easily engage students, don't you? It's what makes learning fun and always different. A few a month's back I purchased a few sets of these emoji's (no affiliate link--just an emoji fan!) and kind of wondered what I would do with them---other than give them out to my students or put them on fab work. THEN I came up with this fun whole group activity that then became a fun end of year writing center. Totally stocking up…
How to Differentiate Without Creating 30 Individual Lessons
Learn how to differentiate without creating lesson plans for each individual student. You NEED to show your admin this post!
How to Write an Introductory Paragraph, FREE Slides + Handout, Model Intro.
These mini-lecture slides were designed to help middle school and high school students learn to write strong introductory paragraphs for literary analysis, argument, and research essays. This product includes PDF slides that can be projected as you lead a short lecture on a simple four-step formula ...
How I Teach Grammar (The Grammar House Cup)
I was desperate for a better way to teach grammar. On my end, I was overwhelmed with how much I needed to teach: how to get it all done and how to do so logically. For my students, I was concerned about their engagement (not tuning out or getting bored) AND how to ensure that they "got it". These worries are particularly valid if you KNOW your students have knowledge gaps, are going to need a LOT of practice, or aren't doing well with transferring knowledge into their writing. Solution: The…
Essay Writing Help: Concluding Paragraphs
This week, I’m continuing the occasional “How to Write” series with a look at the power of an essay’s conclusion. English teacher friends, here is the three-sentence formula that often turns a B+ essay into an A- in my classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujHpCCNjTeA Click here to download the conclusion paragraph lecture slides and handout featured in the…
Reading Strategies that Work!
Why I love the book Strategies That Work and FREE posters for your classroom!
How to Host Character MeetUps in Your Classroom: Get 'Em Moving - Then Get 'Em Writing
This is the activity I use to get my eighth-grade students to write riveting character descriptions. #narrative
ACES writing strategy posters!
ACES StrategyAnswer. Cite. Explain. Summarize. Product DescriptionThis is my go-to strategy to teach my 7th graders how to write organized responses with textual evidence! ACES represents the important pieces of a response and stands for: answer, cite, explain, and summarize. These resources will m...
FREE Argumentative vs. Persuasive Writing Activity
Need to explain the difference between argument and persuasion to middle or high school students? Let a professor tell your students why proposing and testing an argument is different from "winning"! Based on Daniel Cohen's TED talk about argument, students will complete a 45-minute lesson: pre-as...