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Middle School Library Lessons

Middle School Library Lessons

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The best tools for your paperless classroom - Daily Genius

Digging Deeper: Writing about Reading!

Anti-bullying video by schoolchildren backed by Coldplay

Anti-bullying video by schoolchildren backed by Coldplay

Teacher Toons: Tone vs. Mood Comic to help students understand the difference between tone and mood when reading a text.

Teacher Toons: Tone vs. Mood

"We just wasted over a minute of classtime thinking and sharing about the word obstinate, and I have no idea if students actually understand what the word means. Here enters the game of 7-up."

The Brown-Bag Teacher: 7-Up Vocabulary Practice

Free Close Reading Passage of the Week~An Annotated Key Is Included

Literacy & Math Ideas: Free Close Reading Passage of the Week

Main Idea foldable—fun way to practice citing textual evidence!

Crystal's Classroom: Reading Foldables

Vocabulary Die: use as a game in the classroom to go over vocabulary words. The sides say: act it out, define it, synonym or antonym, draw it, use it in a sentence, and your choice. Great way for kids to get creative!

A more detailed explanation of the Cornell Method can be found here

VIDEO (7:29): A wonderful demonstration on the making of papyrus paper. Papyrus is a strong, durable paper-like material produced from the pith of the papyrus plant, and is first known to have been used in ancient Egypt as far back as the First Dynasty.

Anchor Chart Storage Solutions- love this. Laminate with labels on the back and store in a decorated (and clean!) garbage bin for future use.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Storage Solutions

Free: The Evidence Based Terminology guide includes the formal language students must use when citing text evidence.

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Seven Alternatives to Google Image Search - Comparison Chart

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 Smoke Seller. Great text for inferring character traits or feelings

Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum – Know your web – Good to Know – Google

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum by the Stanford History Education Group engages students in historical inquiry.

Home | Stanford History Education Group

plagiarism handout, and thinking this may be a great intro to plagiarism with the freshmen. Get them out of their seats. Loved the lesson plan.

high school practicum: plagiarism

Using Comic Life (or just creating a comic strip) to help the students understand the concept of summarizing non-fiction text.


Using our thinking with our Thinking Maps--like how they took the posters and added (test) vocabulary to them to explain their purposes.

Thinking Maps - this would be a great reference sheet for students.

classroomnews - williamselementary

Teaching with a Touch of Twang: Notice and Note Book Study: Defining Signposts (Freebies Giveaway)

Use this PDF handout for students to chart Holden Caulfield’s path through those three “crazy” days in December in J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

FAST Characterization: Great for student writing and for analyzing characters in class novels

iHeartLiteracy: Characterization