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"Hope is the Thing with Feathers" is a beautiful poem -- great way to practice poetry analysis and an inspiration for writing an original poem about hope.  Print and use today!

Emily Dickinson "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" Poetry Analysis - No Prep

"Hope is the Thing with Feathers" is a beautiful poem -- great way to practice poetry analysis and an inspiration for writing an original poem about hope. Step-by-step lesson plan.

Who hasn't felt like an outsider or "uncool,"  but this poem makes it okay to be a "nobody."  This poem was written over 150 years ago, yet still resonates with students.  Analyze, discuss, and make grammar connections in a meaningful way.  Print & teach!

Emily Dickinson "I'm Nobody" Poem -- Poetry Analysis

Who hasn't felt like an outsider or "uncool," but this poem makes it okay to be a "nobody." This poem was written over 150 years ago, yet still resonates with students. Analyze, discuss, and make grammar connections in a meaningful way.

Teach all of your favorite short stories with these 12 graphic organizers.  Dig into story elements - setting, plot, characters, conflict, motive, dialogue -- twelve different ways to get your middle school students analyzing with depth and confidence.  Differentiation is easy - choose the best texts for your students.  Great sub or emergency lesson plan.  Ready to teach!

Graphic Organizers for Any Short Story

Teach all of your favorite short stories with these 12 graphic organizers. Dig into story elements - setting, plot, characters, conflict, motive, dialogue -- twelve different ways to get your middle school students analyzing with depth and confidence. Differentiation is easy - choose the best texts for your students. Great sub or emergency lesson plan. Ready to teach!

Use your students' natural curiosity with weather (especially the extreme kind!) to analyze poems about the weather, explore the thesaurus, expand vocabulary, create hyperboles, and write original weather poems.

Weather Poems Creative Writing Cross Curricular

Use your students' natural curiosity with weather (especially the extreme kind!) to analyze poems about the weather, explore the thesaurus, expand vocabulary, create hyperboles, and write original weather poems.

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a wee bit o' informational text reading & creative writing!  Students learn about the history of this holiday, immigration, and folklore while practicing close reading skills.  Two creative writing opportunities strengthen poetry writing and constructing an argument.  Print and teach.  Perfect sub lesson, too!

St. Patrick's Day Informational Text

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a wee bit o' informational text reading & creative writing! Students learn about the history of this holiday, immigration, and folklore while practicing close reading skills. Two creative writing opportunities strengthen poetry writing and constructing an argument. Print and teach. Perfect sub lesson, too!

Use mentor texts to show students what good writing is! When students analyze texts, they can practice writing skills and model sentences and paragraphs. Easy to use, print and go resource. Great for mini lessons and writing workshop.

Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing

Educational background sample essay outlines These sample essay outlines will help your students organize and format their ideas before writing an essay or research paper.

Help students identify the characteristics different genres.  From fiction to informational texts, this handy bookmark fan will help students identify and analyze what they are reading.  Great library resource or motivational tool to challenge reading.

Pineapple Emoji Reading Genre Bookmarks: Independent Reading Challenge

Help students identify the characteristics different genres. From fiction to informational texts, this handy bookmark fan will help students identify and analyze what they are reading. Great library resource or motivational tool to challenge reading.

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2 PreWriting Activities Your Students MUST DO Before Writing the Argument Essay

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Students love this creepy psychological thriller!  Teach short story elements of plot, character, theme, and setting while engaging middle school students with creative summarizing activities like creating a graphic novel summary page.  Print and use- perfect for literature centers, reading workshop, and sub plans.

Short Story "The Tell-tale Heart" Analysis, Writing and Textual Evidence

Students love this creepy psychological thriller! Teach short story elements of plot, character, theme, and setting while engaging middle school students with creative summarizing activities like creating a graphic novel summary page. Print and use- perfect for literature centers, reading workshop, and sub plans.

Students love this creepy dystopia short story!  Engage them in creative summary activity, discussion, and writing.  Great for reading and writing workshop.  Printable is perfect for sub plan and Halloween reading activity.

Short Story "The Lottery" Analysis, Writing and Textual Evidence

Students love this creepy dystopia short story! Engage them in creative summary activity, discussion, and writing. Great for reading and writing workshop. Printable is perfect for sub plan and Halloween reading activity.

Teach critical thinking, analysis, and creative writing using the poem “The Secret Heart” by Robert Coffin. This delightful poem tells the story of a childhood memory a son has about his father.   This resource will guide your students’ understanding of the poem by using the TP-FASTT and DIDLS analysis acronyms.   The lesson ends with an opportunity for students to write their own childhood memory poem based on the format of “The Secret Heart.”

Poetry Writing and Analysis "The Secret Heart" {Middle School}

Teach critical thinking, analysis, and creative writing using the poem “The Secret Heart” by Robert Coffin. This delightful poem tells the story of a childhood memory a son has about his father. This resource will guide your students’ understanding of the poem by using the TP-FASTT and DIDLS analysis acronyms. The lesson ends with an opportunity for students to write their own childhood memory poem based on the format of “The Secret Heart.”

Ever wonder what the middle school teachers receiving your graduates really want? Not sure how best to help your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders transition from primary to secondary grades? I'll let you in on a secret: we middle school teachers are equally concerned about helping kids learn how to "be students" as we are with the content knowledge that they have when they arrive. Click to find out more.

5 Ways to Prepare Students for Middle School

Ever wonder what the middle school teachers receiving your graduates really want? Not sure how best to help your and graders transition from primary to secondary grades? I'll let you in on a secret: we middle school teachers are equally conc

These 5 descriptive writing activities will give your students practice writing with sensory details, vivid verbs, and strong descriptions.  You can choose one a week to reinforce writing skills.  These prompts will help strengthen writing skills -- perfect for mini lesson activity, writing workshop, or even a sub lesson plans.  Free mentor text analysis activity included - so you can start teaching this today!

Five Ways to Practice Descriptive Writing

Help students with descriptive writing skills by teaching these five writing activities that will allow them to practice "showing not telling.

Practical and fun ways to get your students summarizing. Differentiate with texts that students will enjoy -- suggestions include using video clips and cartoons to help students determine the main idea and elements of a plot. Free lesson plan included - perfect for test practice, sub plan, review, and reading workshop. #summarizing #readingworkshop #lesson

5 Ways to Teach Summarizing Skills

Engaging, fun ways to teach your students summarizing skills. Strengthen their reading skills and provide practice with this challenging concept.

Teaching participles? Give students real world practice in understanding, identifying and using them! Creative writing task cards and "in the wild" texts that use participles. Lots of in-depth practice. Print & use!

Participles

Give students real world practice in understanding, identifying and using them! Creative writing task cards and "in the wild" texts that use participles. Lots of in-depth practice.

Do your students know what kind of writers they are?  This simple strategy allows them to analyze how they use the writing process.  Easy to implement, but a powerful way for student writers to self-assess.

Do your students know what kind of writers they are? This simple strategy allows them to analyze how they use the writing process. Easy to implement, but a powerful way for student writers to self-assess.

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