4 Reasons to Teach Short Stories

Teachers might feel like they need reasons to teach short stories in lieu of or in addition to novels. Short stories often hold an interesting place in language arts classes.  While some teachers do focus on them as a specific unit, many of us use them as fillers or a

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How To Prepare To Teach A New Novel

It can be a daunting task to think about preparing to teach a new novel. Whether it is because you have a new job, the curriculum at your school changes, or because you just need a change of pace and pick a fresh novel to use in your classes, preparing

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Pre-Made Book Talks for Teachers

Pre-made book talks are great for any grade! The library is and always has been a magical place for me. Walking into a building stocked floor to ceiling with books I can browse and read for free on a million different subjects and by authors, both known and those waiting

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The Importance of Reading Engagement

Reading engagement can be defined as being fully immersed (intellectually and emotionally) in a text.  It is one of those terms that is often discussed in educational circles, but whose importance is often treated as a given, and which can easily take a back burner to the many other demands

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Engaging Middle School End of the Year Lessons

It can be a challenge to find engaging and rigorous middle school end-of-the-year lessons. The lessons below will help you plan and prepare for your last month of school with your students while reinforcing the literacy skills they learned throughout the year. These lessons require almost no prep, come with

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9 Ways To Use Podcasts In The Classroom

Using podcasts in the classroom has many benefits. I have outlined 9 different ways teachers can use podcasts in their classrooms.  Bell Work/Warm-Up Activity Some podcasts like the Six Minute podcast are short and are perfect for a bell work activity that can be completed both in person and in

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The Give One, Get One teaching strategy ensures that all students are involved and participating in the lesson. 

Give One, Get One Teaching Strategy

The Give One, Get One teaching strategy ensures that all students are involved and participating in the lesson. How Does This Give One, Get One Teaching Strategy Work? Have students get out a sheet of blank paper and divide it in half.  They should label one side Give One and

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Creative Ways To Teach Vocabulary

It can be difficult to find creative ways to teach vocabulary. We do not always need students to write down the word and copy the definition as it does not always lead to retention.  Below is a list of vocabulary teaching ideas brainstormed by teachers. You do not need to

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