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  • Lauris Heinzel

    If you are a Middle School Language Arts teacher this book is an old book but has some of the greatest, creative ideas for writing, along with super spelling, vocabulary and other activities written in engaging ways. I see Amazon has some of these that can be ordered. I used this forever and it still has some of the best ideas for writing. It also has quotes that are great for daily journaling or writing starter activities.

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