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    THIS IS GENIUS! Use great critical reading strategies without copying the textbook! Students can keep a sheet protector in their notebook/binder to have ready in any class! Simply trim the side and bottom edge, leave three hole punched edge. Write with dry-erase markers, then wipe clean for the next 2-page spread

    Inference chart from ELA in the Middle | Middle School English Language Arts

    Collaborative Reader Responses - using the 4 corner strategy to get all students working together and discussing what makes a great response. Build the best answer in the middle of the page.

    Use speech bubbles on famous paintings to get students thinking/writing! (could do with book covers)

    Theme Boards-Perfect way to keep track of all your reading all year long!

    TONS of Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop info

    Highlight writers by hanging their work in these cute clips that have specific praise. LOVE this idea!! :)

    Million Dollar Words. Great ideas for revision! Help your student revise with all of these fabulous ideas!

    Stop Highlighting... Start Thinking!

    Writers Workshop: Revising (ARMS) & Editing (CUPS) This is a good visual for students to show the difference between Editing and Revising which are parts of the writing process.

    Creativity 2.0: Tone and Mood in Literature - Moving Beyond Paragraphs One of the best LA PINS yet.

    Revising and editing... Love her blog for Writing test mini lesson prep. I will definitely use this site!

    GREAT WAY TO TEACH THEME! Think that it is cool how they were able to make it interesting for teenagers.

    Reading Is Thinking: Mysteries from history books and teaching strategies

    Character traits-- I would give the character trait and have students list quotes on the notecards that support the trait given

    Exit Slip Bulletin Board with five focus questions. Formative assessment at its best. #balancedliteracy

    Learning to Teach in the Rain: Creating a Classroom Newspaper: Part 1 of 3

    Organizing Research Notes for Expository Writing [Each envelope represents a subtopic. Inside the envelopes, students tuck pieces of support or facts for that particular subtopic. Folds up and fits in writing folders.] {Stacy Shubitz @Marisela Herrera Carranco} {Two Writing Teachers}

    have students pick out a picture special to them...then have them write about being "frozen in that moment." what is going on during the time that the picture was taken? Great writing idea!!

    The best organization of a Writer's Notebook I've found- plus, simple activities for starting writing off 'WRITE!' this school year! :)