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    Play "Attack" with your students! It's a review game that can be used in any subject that your middle school students will be begging to play! FREE instructions

    FREE Review Game for the Secondary Classroom

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    How and Why to Use Word Walls with Older Students

    How and Why to Use Word Walls with Older Students

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    This is a fun way to get students thinking critically about an author or character! This lesson is Common Core based and requires using evidence in writing. You can use this MULTIPLE times a year since it is adaptable for any piece of literature. You will get a well-written example and a student writing page.

    Literary Playlist: A Fun Writing Activity to use with ANY Piece of Literature

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    The Seven Deadly Sins of Punctuation And How You Can Avoid Them (Note: Read carefully. They preface each "faux pas," telling you the correct usage, but provide the WRONG way as examples. It's confusing).

    The Seven Deadly Sins of Punctuation And How You Can Avoid Them

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    35 Terrible Puns To Brighten Your Day

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    I've been sharing a little series of posts about how to use living literature to teach writing - specifically, narratives and persuasive pieces. In this post, I'm focusing less on a particular sty...

    Picture Books to Teach Literary Techniques

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    This would be cute to do at the library.

    Competition: Match the selfie to the shelfie! | HPPC Library

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    Book Fireplace Display, for those frigid months!

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    Fiction Meets Reality

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    22 Creative Classroom Door Ideas

    22 Creative Classroom Door Ideas - Clicky Pix

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    Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover…But What about the First Line?: A Teen Library Display | The Magpie Librarian: A Librarian's Guide to Modern Life and Etiquette

    Don't Judge a Book by its Cover...But What about the First Line?: A Teen Library Display

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    I wonder if we could get Advisory, LA, or reading classes to choose a book they like and recreate the cover on the door.

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    That's awesome!

    Fast Food In Real Life

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    This is a PowerPoint presentation that I use with the short story "Thank You Ma'am" by Langston Hughes. The students use inferencing skills to analyze Hughes's characterization of the two characters based on their dialogue and actions. The concept of literary theme is reviewed, and students are asked to summarize the story.

    Thank You Ma'am Discussion Questions

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    Altered book art project.... A page taken from an old book, with certain words left uncovered by painting to create a found poetry style statement, then applied to a page in an old style type journal/ledger

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    Silent Games, Perfect when you need the class to calm down.

    SILENT CLASS GAMES - Fun Class Games

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    Middle school - Would you rather...have kids justify their thinking. Facilitating discussion before writing...give supportive details to opinions

    Classroom Freebies: Halloween Would You Rather Questions

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    A list of English idioms

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    Character Traits Anchor Chart (blog post includes a FREEBIE and an activity idea!)

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    High School Classroom signs (inspiration from mrswoodblogs.word...)

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    Mentor Sentences in High School

    Why I Use Mentor Sentences to Teach Writing in my High School English Classroom

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    High school and middle school English – Bell-ringers and proofreading lessons to quickly improve teen writing #grammar #EnglishTeacher

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    Cooperative Learning: 7 Free PDF Assessment Instruments

    Cooperative Learning: 7 Free PDF Assessment Instruments

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    "Seventh Grade" By Gary Soto Summarizing Strategy. Students creatively illustrate the sequence of events in this very adorable short story.

    "Seventh Grade" By Gary Soto Summarizing Strategy

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    "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

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