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Use on the First Day of Middle School to open dialog with students about their expectations of the teacher. Good Ice breaker too. This could  be tweaked and done with mini units as well especially as students start new math objectives.

Use on the First Day of Middle School to open dialog with students about their expectations of the teacher. Good Ice breaker too. This could be tweaked and done with mini units as well especially as students start new math objectives.

Interactive library bulletin board idea - pick your favorite first line then open to find your new favorite book!

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Teaching characterization    Have students use the book to draw a picture of the character. Then they add speech bubbles to show the characters point of view and thoughts.

Teaching characterization Have students use the book to draw a picture of the character. Then they add speech bubbles to show the characters point of view and thoughts.

Fresh ideas to add to your English/Language Arts classroom. #highschoolEnglish #middleschoolEnglish

Fresh ideas to add to your English/Language Arts classroom. #highschoolEnglish #middleschoolEnglish

“Change your words- change your mindset." Perfect bulletin board for the hallway! pic.twitter.com/xsMCnMkAXb

“Change your words- change your mindset." Perfect bulletin board for the hallway! pic.twitter.com/xsMCnMkAXb

Here's a post on interactive notebooks with downloads for a table of contents, notebook rubric, and grade tracker. I am SO doing this this year. Already printed and have 1/2 my classes with it glued in. PERFECT!

Here's a post on interactive notebooks with downloads for a table of contents, notebook rubric, and grade tracker. I am SO doing this this year. Already printed and have 1/2 my classes with it glued in. PERFECT!

FREE 260 prompts that will get your students' pencils flying!  Use for discussion starters, at centers or as fillers.

FREE 260 prompts that will get your students' pencils flying! Use for discussion starters, at centers or as fillers.

The Why Behind Writers Workshop | 25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing

The Why Behind Writers Workshop

In The Middle - Maneuvering the Middle Grades is a brand new Collaborative Blog for all things Middle School!   Join Erin Cobb from Lovin' Lit, Lindsay Perro from Beyond the Worksheet, Mr. G from Mr Educator - A Social Studies Professional, Kathleen Amari-Crookston from Middle Grades Maven and Shayna from The Science Teaching Junkie as we journey through the wonderful, confusing and crazy middle grades!

In The Middle - Maneuvering the Middle Grades is a brand new Collaborative Blog for all things Middle School! Join Erin Cobb from Lovin' Lit, Lindsay Perro from Beyond the Worksheet, Mr. G from Mr Educator - A Social Studies Professional, Kathleen Amari-Crookston from Middle Grades Maven and Shayna from The Science Teaching Junkie as we journey through the wonderful, confusing and crazy middle grades!