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Writing: "Digging Deeper" visual aid to encourage detailed sentences - from Mrs. Hiner's Headlines

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Writing Goals chart - add to it as you teach new concepts. The bottom pocket has a reflection sheet that students attach to a writing piece to prove they met the goal. This is completed before they move their clip to a new goal.

This is an awesome blog for mini-lesson ideas for reading workshops. Mini-lessons are important components of reading workshops because they model the skills teachers want their students to acquire and practice.

Newspaper/Photocopy of text + Black marker = Instant poetry Have some fun with your kids with this Blackout Poetry plan. Let your creative side take control and be dazzled by the results. Come take a look at this free step-by-step instructional lesson. Guaranteed to get even the most-reluctant student to give poetry a try. FREE!

*FREE* Here is a simple checklist for students to use when editing their longer writing assignments. Can be used by either the student themselves or by a peer editor. The editing is broken down into three sections to check: Mechanics, Grammar, and Style.

Poetry Towers. I've done this as 'story towers'. The kids loved it!

12 Power Words anchor chart.

Research tells us students learn more when we get them up and moving. Why not try to eradicate those common grammar errors with a little bit of fun--try it out with Grammar Games!

"Class Brain" Activity. Each pipecleaner has a "thought" attached. Connect more and more pipecleaners over time to show related concepts and the way information connects in the brain. Read the full article for more activity ideas! (--Diane Dahl, M.S. Ed., "For the Love of Teaching" blog)

Think-pair-share is an easy, simple cooperative learning strategy that quickly adds more student engagement to a lesson. These tips will help you get the most from it.

Write right ... 10 common grammar mistakes and how to fix them. #writingtips #writingbiz

Every unit is all ninja, all the time. Ninja jokes, ninja facts, ninja stories. Students will have a riot of a time learning about Commas in a Series! FREE POWERPOINT by Created for Learning

Changed my word of the week pocket chart from elementary school into a ROOT word pocket chart to be more appropriate for teaching vocabulary in middle school.

Interactive Grammar Organizers make a great lap book! Organizers may also be used in an interactive notebook. $

My Adventures Teaching Junior High English: Plot

This would be a good visual for any type of essay where evidence or examples are needed.

Academic Conversation Posters - Teaching Students Essential Skills like Collaboration and Communication. Mrs. Brosseau's Binder blog.

Responding to social issues, Murdock Elementary, Marietta, GA.

Two Reflective Teachers: Social Issues Book Club Unit

Fourth Grade Studio: Learning, Thinking, Creating: Thinking Deeply About Text, The Great Kapok Tree

Two Reflective Teachers: Social Issues Book Club Unit: Part Two