How to Grade Papers in Class (without getting in trouble!)

  A teacher friend of mine admitted to me that she got caught grading papers in class. Now let me tell you—she wasn’t sitting at her […]

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 […]