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The Best Way to Teach Poetry

Free Idea: The Best Way to Teach Poetry Blog Post- Learn about analyzing lyrics for a poetry lesson. #rockinresources #ues #poetryrocks #lyrics

The Best Way to Teach Poetry

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Grammar activity: editing music lyrics

Students will have the chance to edit real song lyrics which contain errors! This would also be a great exercise to discuss rhetorical grammar and the need to know your audience. Students could edit song lyrics for different purposes (writing to a friend, writing to a boss, etc.) in order to analyze an audience.

EDITING MUSIC MISTAKES: Finding Grammar Errors In Song Lyrics


Common Core High School: Poetry Practice with Keats and Shelley

Love this idea. Reading timeline for students to keep track of the books they've read, or for books read during whole class read-aloud time!

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Our list of the best books for middle school according to teachers.

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10 Websites for Reading Intervention Lessons and Tools

10 Websites for Reading Intervention Lessons and Tools | The Third Wheel

I love this for my Literature Club. Can't wait to use it.

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Best Books for Middle School

A Selection of the Best Books for Middle School Selected by Cross-Referencing Numerous Best-Books-for-Kids Books

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Book Recommendation Lists for Middle Grades | The Hungry Teacher

The Hungry Teacher: FREEBIE! Book Recommendation Lists for Middle Grades


50 Memorable Read-Aloud Books for Kids

50 awesome read aloud books kids will love!

50 Memorable Read-Aloud Books for Kids

Musings from the Middle School: Article of the Week

Article of the Week

Are you looking for ways to supercharge your students' writing? Read all about mentor text journals. Click the image to see examples of student mentor text journals and learn strategies that you can use in your classroom.

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The Outsiders lesson plans - 8th Grade ELA English - Common Core CCSS

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Anchor chart for using evidence based terms. Great for preparing students for Common Core

Orange Polka Dots: Anchor Chart Academy

This great graphic on levels of questions includes the fact that the author doesn't know who created the original. Read on for some ideas for genius hour as well.

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Teacher Resources

A good list of writing topics students should master before high school.

Teacher Resources

A great idea for silent reading time: Turn all lights on, then turn one off every five minutes to give students have a visual cue of how much time they have left to read.

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Brain Waves Instruction: Favorite Poems for Middle School

Favorite Poems for Middle School

Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher: October 2012: Theme Anchor Chart

Following My Heart to First Grade: October 2012


Topic Sentences

Great anchor chart for teaching students to write topic sentences. Thanks Teaching with a Mountain View!

Topic Sentences

Looking to breathe some life into your lit circle routine? Check out this blog post!!

Literature Circles

Four square writing method for organizing paragraphs for the younger grades or essays for the older grades. Our special ed. teacher showed me this. I think I might try it to help my 4th graders to organize their persuasive essays.

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Research anchor chart

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