Expository Unit for Middle School English Language Arts

    Organizing an entire middle school English / Language Arts expository reading and writing unit can be daunting and overwhelming.   What to teach each […]

3 Essay Grading Hacks for Middle School Teachers

Essay Grading Hacks Top 3 Ways to Get it Done FAST!     ‘ Ain’t nobody got time for that! Wow! Grading essays! Ugh… Holy cow. […]

Teaching Students How to Write Insightful Commentary

4 Activities to Get Your Students Writing Insightful Commentary Teaching your students how to write insightful commentary once they’ve chosen their quotes or their text evidence […]

Embedded Quotes: Easy Ways to Teach Your Students!

 Teach your English / Language Arts Students How to Use Embedded Quotes Middle School Grades 6-7-8 Whether I’m teaching expository reading and writing or literary reading and […]

How to Say NO to Extra Credit!

Extra Credit is a Major Time-Suck! How to say NO to students, parents, and administrators when they ask about extra credit in your middle school English […]

4 Ways to Make Small Groups Work

The goal with implementing these four strategies for keeping students on task during group work is that each one serves to maintain student engagement. Each strategy is […]





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