By the time students reach middle school and especially high school, there is this assumption that students know how to write. They have, after all, been doing it for five, six, seven, eight years, right? Wrong. Writing must be explicitly taught; it's not something to which students will just catch on.

Common Core Writing: Writing is Taught, Not "Caught"

By the time students reach middle school and especially high school, there is this assumption that students know how to write. They have, after all, been doing it for five, six, seven, eight years, right? Wrong. Writing must be explicitly taught; it's not something to which students will just catch on.

Free magazine choice board on this post with NINE other reading center ideas.

Reading Centers for Upper Elementary

Free Nonfiction activity sheets. These graphic organizers can be paired with any Nonfiction text! No Prep! Reading Comprehension | Previewing Texts | Making Inferences

Free Nonfiction activity sheets. These graphic organizers can be paired with any Nonfiction text! No Prep! Reading Comprehension | Previewing Texts | Making Inferences

The Article of the Week template was inspired by Kelly Gallagher and his book “Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About...

The Article of the Week template was inspired by Kelly Gallagher and his book “Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About...

13 Underappreciated Books...Recently, I was asked: “What are five books you  recommend that ELA teachers read?”                                                                                                                                                                                 More

13 Underappreciated (but Essential) Books for ELA Teachers

13 Underappreciated Books...Recently, I was asked: “What are five books you recommend that ELA teachers read?” More

This is the activity I use to get my eighth-grade students to write riveting character descriptions. #narrative

This is the activity I use to get my eighth-grade students to write riveting character descriptions. #narrative

heart-tugging, can’t-stop-reading, phenomenal historical fiction middle grade books!! LOVE these! Great short description of each book makes it easy to choose which ones you need!

Phenomenal New Historical Fiction Books

heart-tugging, can’t-stop-reading, phenomenal historical fiction middle grade books!! LOVE these! Great short description of each book makes it easy to choose which ones you need!

Looking for some books to read out loud to older kids? This is such a fantastic list with suggestions straight from moms!

30 Books to Read Out Loud to Older Kids

Looking for some books to read out loud to older kids? This is such a fantastic list with suggestions straight from moms!

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