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Month: September 2019

October Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA

October seems to be an easier month than September. Students have learned the expectations and procedures of your classroom, and they are no longer in summer vacation mode. Ideally, October can be a month of good, quality classroom time. So how do I best make use of it?  Let’s talk

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Find engaging middle school reading lessons including classroom library set up, tips for increasing student engagement and comprehension, as well as recommended reading lists from 2 Peas and a Dog. #middleschool #lessonplans #reading

Middle School Reading Lessons

Middle school reading lessons can be challenging to plan. Looking to breathe new life into classroom reading without reinventing the wheel?  This blog post has you covered! I’ve gathered together some of my top blog posts related to reading including library setup, tips and tricks for increasing student engagement and

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Controversial issues will arise during your class discussions. Be prepared for these topics by using these four rules. #teaching #lessonplans #currentevents

Addressing Controversial Issues in the Classroom

Part of our job as teachers – particularly teachers of literature and history—is to address issues that have philosophical, political, and moral components; these, by their very nature, can cause controversy in the classroom. Teaching The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare?  Gender roles will probably come up.  Teaching the Civil

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10 Thought-Provoking Middle School Book Club Books - find great ideas for engaging and relevant middle school books for your English Language Arts classroom by 2 Peas and a Dog. #englishlanguagearts #middleschool #yalit #middleschoolbooks

10 Thought-Provoking Middle School Book Club Books

I love using book clubs in my middle school classroom. Finding engaging yet rigorous middle school book club books can be a challenge. Two teacher-bloggers have teamed up to share our best middle school book club picks for your students. 10 Thought-Provoking Middle School Book Club Books When selecting middle

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