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Middle School Reading Strategies

POINT OF VIEW~ This can be a challenging concept for some students. I like this approach. It's got an engaging race car theme, and the ideas are clearly presented.

Best Books for Middle School :: PragmaticMom

7th Grade Reading List

FREE today and forever. This is an introductory lesson/activity/worksheet that deals with twenty common and useful English proverbs. Perfect for MS.

The Book Fairy-Goddess: Folktales, Fairytales, and Fables, Oh my!

The Book Fairy-Goddess: Folktales, Fairytales, and Fables, Oh my!

Symbolism in Wonder by RJ Palacio

Symbolism in Wonder by RJ Palacio

Symbolism lesson with short film and prezi

Symbolism Lesson with Short Film/Prezi

Great activity to get students to dig into the text to "show me the evidence."

Teaching in Room 6: Digging in to Find Evidence

Ideas for Teaching Theme (and a couple freebies!)

Reading Graffiti Board...I love this! Put up black paper, provide silver sharpies and let students write one quote from a book. They'll be reading more critically to find that one perfect quote!

Life is Better Messy Anyway: Reading Graffiti

Kids will LOVE this. Fun video and rap about the elements of a story. Explains plot, character, conflict, setting and theme.

NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE CHARACTER TRAITS: Character traits for reading and writing -could also use this for important people in history

Creating a comic strip (we used Comic Life but could be done with pencil and paper) to summarize non-fiction text.

Two Minute Mysteries. Inference lessons

The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

Peter Pappas designed an amazing free document for teachers called: 18 Literacy Strategies for Struggling Readers. It is a 50-pg PDF. He includes How I Use It tips for EACH graphic organizer. If you teach reading, check out this resource.

18 CCSS Ideas for Struggling Readers: Define, Summarize, Compare

100 Best Children's Chapter Books of All-Time.

100 Best Children's Chapter Books of All-Time

Finding the Big Idea in Texts (word doc)

Senior Reading Responses

Fun (and free!) countdown timers for the classroom! Read this blog post on Corkboard Connections to find out where to download these timers and more and some tips for using them in the classroom.

Corkboard Connections: Fun Countdown Timers for the Classroom

Book Trailers that Hook Kids on Books

Seven Top Trailers to Hook Kids on Books - The Digital Shift

Poem to teach Inferencing...Great skill that is difficult to teach!

Reading Is Thinking: Inference lesson/poetry

This book is so funny you will laugh out loud every time! The copy I bought at Barnes and Noble came with a CD recording of Jerry Seinfeld reading it himself. It is a great memoir mentor text for Halloween that your kids will want to listen to over-and-over!!

Short book trailer with highlights of Laura Candler's Power Reading Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide (Print and digital versions of this book are available at www.powerreadingw...) $