Musings from the Middle School: Article of the Week

So, are you itching for winter break to get here or what? I am drowning here, people! Between report cards, conferences (for my student.

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Making Your Thinking Visible With Graphic Organizers

One of the keys to teaching reading comprehension is showing kids how proficient readers think about text. This resource is a great way to help students make their thinking visible.

These reading exit tickets are a simple way to assess informational and literature reading standards! There are assessments for comparing and contrasting, character traits, point of view, main idea and so much more!

Reading Exit Ticket Bundle

These reading exit tickets are a simple way to assess informational and literature reading standards! There are assessments for comparing and contrasting, character traits, point of view, main idea and so much more!

Middle-grade book recommendation flowchart

Flowchart: What Books to Give a Middle-Grader

Middle-grade book recommendation flowchart-- What books to give a middle-grader who is also a . (from Literaryhoots)

The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be 3-4 stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i.e. one on characters, one on setting etc). Each stations has enough squares for each student in the class to write their answer. The question can be posted on the butcher paper, or on the wall. Students must support their answer with evidence from the story.

The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i. one on characters, one on setting etc).

Readers Workshop Rules and lots of anchor charts.

My Not-So-Pinteresty Anchor Charts

Fostering a classroom reading community with a student driven Reading Graffiti Wall

Reading Graffiti Wall: Fostering a Classroom Reading Community

A Reading Graffiti Wall is a great way to build your classroom reading community. Students find inspirational quotes from books they are reading to share.

Nonfiction Text Structures & Features Cumulative Assignment

Nonfiction Text Structures & Features Cumulative Assignment

Create a Magazine with 5 non-fiction articles related to one topic, and include pictures, captions, glossary, and a short quiz. Teaching With a Mountain View: Nonfiction Text Structures & Features Cumulative Assignment.

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