Reading Reference Helpers
Help your students with reading skills and strategies. These handy reference anchor charts are great companions to interactive notebooks. There are so many ways to prep and use these reference charts! These also help parents when assisting their child with homework. Sentence stems, genres, reading skills and reading strategies are included! #reading #guidedreading #interactivenotebooks #referencecharts #anchorcharts #readingskills #readingstrategies
Assigning a One-Pager as a Culminating Project
I recently assigned a one-pager final project to my sophomores for their culminating Night project. I wanted to combine as many rigorous ELA content ideas as possible, while also designing a fun project for students that provided them with a bit of choice. To make this project rigorous, I required my students to include multiple MLA-cited quotations with a literary analysis explanation. These are skills my students have learned and practiced all year long, so it was a way for me to assess…
12 Poems that Speak to Middle Schoolers - Just Add Students
These 12 poems seem to have been written just for middle school students. Perfect for discussions and literary analysis. From classic poems to contemporary, this post addresses the poems that middle school students will respond to. Lessons for each poem.
Diction and Syntax
One of the greatest changes to assessments is the shift from what to why and how. A student that knows that an author uses figurative language or literary devices does not always understand how these writing tools contribute to meaning. Not only will students be expected to interpret the meaning of reading passages on Common Core assessments, they will sometimes be asked how an author achieves characterization, the tone of the text, persuasion, etc. This level of analysis requires an even…
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4 Steps for Teaching Figurative Language
Teaching Figurative Language can be fun and meaningful for your students. Teaching figurative language through poetry can make it even better! Here are my best tips for teaching similes, metaphors, idioms, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, imagery, alliteration, and personification.
Teaching The Process of Literary Analysis - Learning in Room 213
Do your students really understand how to analyze a text? Use these classroom-tested strategies to teach the process of literary analysis to your students.
An Amazon Listing Cumulative Novel Project! - Teaching with a Mountain View
It’s no secret that I love a good cumulative novel project as an assessment. I usually spend the entire novel brainstorming how we can sum it up! Sometimes the projects are a miss (you don’t get to read about those!) but sometimes they are great successes. Like the character project we completed for Rules or ... Read more