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Using Songs and Their Videos to Teach Perspective and Poetry in Middle School

I'm a genius sometimes. No, really! I have lesson ideas come to me at the most random moments during the day. And they always surprise me because it happens when I'm not thinking about lessons. You know what I mean? So anyway, back to my genius. This is a little trip into the inner-workings of… Continue reading Using Songs and Their Videos to Teach Perspective and Poetry in Middle School

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Literature Circles in the Secondary Classroom: Student-Choice Novels Made Easier

Have you ever wanted to let students choose their own novel to read, but you couldn't figure out the best way to assess all those books? Don't want to write 20 tests? Tried to find literature circle materials that weren't for elementary kids? Well I might be able to help! How This All Started Originally… Continue reading Literature Circles in the Secondary Classroom: Student-Choice Novels Made Easier

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Yes, I’m the Grammar Guru- Creating a Year’s Worth of Middle School Grammar

Looking for the Magical UnicornPretty much every English teacher I know thinks that finding a good way to teach grammar is an elusive and frustrating task. Finding a comprehensive, year-long grammar program that fits all the student expectations that the state has assigned to your grade level is a daunting task, and one that I… Continue reading Yes, I’m the Grammar Guru- Creating a Year’s Worth of Middle School Grammar

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The Character One Pager- An Assessment for Any Novel

We need the bigger, better deal Every English teacher I know is looking for the bigger, better deal when it comes to assessing novels. We've moved WAY beyond the simple book report (I hope), and into the realm of critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. In recent years I've tried the mandala (which you can read… Continue reading The Character One Pager- An Assessment for Any Novel

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My Clean Classroom Challenge Experience- How I took back my space

This past week, I took part in Building Book Love's Clean Classroom Challenge. It was such an uplifting experience that I wanted to share it with others so that you might get some joy from it as well. A little background I have a very neat classroom. I pride myself on creating a unique space… Continue reading My Clean Classroom Challenge Experience- How I took back my space