Category: Literacy

Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Professional development is a key part of a teacher’s career. Many districts require teachers to attend professional development regularly that may or may not be provided at the district or school level. I love opportunities when I can select a topic. I love virtual teacher professional development opportunities because I

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Middle School ELA Sub Plans

Use these ready-to-go no-prep sub plans for middle school ELA classes. All the teacher needs to do is upload the sub plans to a secure online location and then students can complete the engaging before, during, and after reading/viewing activities. These lessons can be completed on paper or on the

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Online Teacher Professional Development

Why is Online Teacher Professional Development Important?  Today we’re discussing online teacher professional development. But why? You went to college, you have your degree, and you’ve started teaching at your dream school. Your kids love you, you love them, and you feel pretty good about how things are going. But

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How To Make Reading Fun

Making reading fun is an important part of lesson planning. By its very nature, reading is a part of every literature classroom, but not all students inherently love to read.  Making reading fun, though, is one of the best ways to encourage reading engagement in your students.  Today, let’s talk

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Reading engagement is vital to the success of students. Learn about four different creative reading lessons.

Creative Reading Lessons

It can be a challenge to find rigorous yet creative reading lessons. Reading engagement is vital to the success of students.  While some students find ways to develop this engagement independently, the vast majority of students have improved outcomes when you help them develop it. Today let’s talk about four

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Alternative Reading Formats

Alternative reading formats are often overlooked in English classes. There have always been a lot of forms of literature and reading material to choose from when picking what to include in our curriculum — poetry, short stories, novels, biography, nonfiction, etc.  Today those choices are even wider.   Most teachers have

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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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