For many people, the mere mention of poetry invokes images of old poets writing love poems about unrequited love. For those that know better, poetry is everything from hilarious commentary on daily life to pointed insight into the human condition. Why should we teach this art form? Let’s talk about
Creative writing is an important writing style for students to learn about and experience on their journey to becoming writers. Helping students embrace their creative is a great way to get students writing. Students enjoy writing more when they get choice over their topic and format. Read more about how
Middle school writing ideas can be found in this blog post. Writing is a pillar of an ELA classroom. Keep your foundation strong with new ideas and inspiration. This blog post contains a collection of popular writing blog posts from the blog: journal writing, informational and argument writing, writing workshops,
It is time to plan November Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA. With the calendar turning to November, it is no longer possible to pretend that winter isn’t upon us. The biting wind, the short days, and the snowflakes in the air (and sometimes on the ground) remind us that
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
September Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA can be difficult to find. This month means cooler breezes, fall colours, and back to school. And while there is definitely a little sadness as summer vacation comes to an end, there is also the magic of new pencils and a fresh start.
Summer reading projects are required in some schools, and they can become very onerous on the students and teachers. Today’s blog post is written by Rebecca Gettelman who is a middle and high school teacher from the Midwest. She has been teaching for over eleven years. A number of years
Thank you notes are sometimes considered an irrelevant practice, but they are as important today as they were 30 years ago. Today’s culture is often very self-focused. Hollywood has an entire awards season filled with hundreds of thank-you speeches, but people are more likely to remember the designer of a