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    Middle School Language Arts

    Middle School Language Arts

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    Diction and Syntax~Great teaching ideas are included in this post

    Literacy & Math Ideas: Diction and Syntax

    Here's a helpful way to remember proper grammar

    Pop culture is your secret trick to learning proper grammar

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

    Inference lesson/poetry

    This is a PowerPoint that takes students and teachers through the steps of citing textual evidence, and it begins with what happens during reading ...

    How to Teach Textual Evidence-8th Grade ELA- CCGPS Aligned

    Video of a teacher showing how to get the kids to cite textual evidence to use in their writing.

    Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence

    Print-and-teach materials to use in any high school or middle school English/Language Arts classroom.

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    middle school textmapping - bloody heck is that impressive - I wonder if it can be modified for high school too (God knows they hate reading, and I feel like this would help those who struggle with it more - plus it seems like more fun then just sitting there reading some text).

    The Middle School Mouth: Textmapping

    The Hero's Journey - A Lesson in Writing Myths--takes students through the elements of myth writing. designed for 9-12 but can easily be adapted for middle school. Has lesson plans on the site

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    How do you fit everything in when it comes to reading and writing instruction in middle school? Download this FREE handy guide to help you plan out how to best structure your time with students.

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    Make learning fun and engaging by sending your students on a novel scavenger hunt using sticky notes with printed questions on them! $

    Novel Scavenger Hunt Using Sticky Notes-- Common Core Aligned

    Literacy Station Inspiration: Stations: Interactives and Manipulatives, games, etc for middle school- perfect for block schedule!

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    Beyond Book Reports- a list of 41 things to do after reading a book instead of the usual report, great for the middle school years.

    Beyond The Book Report - Gifted Lesson Plans

    Neat idea for an exit slip - "Give Me a . and a ?" at the end of a lesson. Students have to write a quick statement about what they've learned and question they are not sure about. If they don't have a question they can create a quiz question.

    Blog Swap and Hop

    Summarization Strategy called "the incredible shrinking notes". Students start out writing a summary of a reading selection on the large index card. Students are then given the medium sized card and have to take the information from the large card and condense it onto the medium sized card. Finally, students are given the small card and must take the information from the medium sized card and condense it further onto the small card. Great way for students to get to the main point/idea!

    The Middle School Mouth: interactive notebooks

    Summary Graphic Organizer. Make 5 columns with the headings Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then

    Performing in Education: The Back to School Circus: Year 6!

    Interactive Notebook Examples and Templates

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    Parts of Speech using picture book mentor texts

    Teaching MOMster: Mentor Monday: Parts of Speech

    For all my teacher friends PIN THIS NOW!! Incredible reading management binder to track student progress. Every form you will need for assessing students and developing instruction. A great addition to your reading workshop management.

    Reading Management Binder

    Inference chart from ELA in the Middle | Middle School English Language Arts

    Inference chart

    Increase Parent Communication with Friday Journals

    Increase Parent Communication with Friday Journals

    Nonfiction Text Structures & Features Cumulative Assignment. Perfect for the upper grades!

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    Vocabulary During Writing Workshop: No more "said." Here's a way to display the various words to use instead of said. (This can be done with any overused word.)

    » Classroom displays 6/5 Lilac

    Making Geography Fun for the Gifted Student :: Do you have a gifted junior high or high school student who loves to be challenged? Then this article is for you! :: ManagingYourBless...

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    Teaching Teens in the 21st: Using Kelly Gallagher's strategies for close reading & whatnot. I love Kelly Gallagher, too!

    Teaching Teens in the 21st

    prefix, suffix, base/root word

    Inferences, Prefixes and Suffixes, and a Dollar Store Find {Five for Friday}