3 - Respond to Text Printables
I have used the reading workshop model for about 8 years now. It has changed a lot over the years! One thing that has stayed the same is the ‘Respond to Text’ station. This is a time where students get to write about their reading. The station stays the same all year, but the activities in the station change. Below is a list of activities you can add to your ‘Respond to Text’ station at the beginning of the year. 1. Bookmark Book Report At the beginning of the year, some students struggle to…
Guided Reading...for those high readers!
I really love to teach guided reading groups. It is always interesting and you really get to see how every student is unique in how they learn and process all the information. I like to see them make progress and move up reading levels and also REALLY comprehend what they are reading on another level. Amazing. I know many teachers may have struggled with this question before like I have...What do I do with those high readers? In second grade they are just not quite ready to start literature…
Strategy #1 - The Graffiti Wall (Engagement Strategies Series)
Check out my blog for 5 Engagement Strategies that you can start using with your students today!!
I did these Holley portraits a few years ago with my kids (before we had a classroom blog) and never took pictures of them. My fifth graders loathed the writing process and there were a LOT of groans and frustrated, blank faces during the project. Writing in Art? Oh the horror. I recently dug this project back up because I needed an adaptive lesson to teach at a MagnetEd Conference this past weekend. I've also seen them popping up on Pinterest quite often and thought that maybe I should…
Embedding Quotes: A Common Core Lesson About Writing with Quotations
Teach middle school and high school English students how to properly embed and cite quotations in their writing. This lesson is ideal for research, literary analysis, and informative writing. Secondary ELA writing.
The Literary Maven: Collaborative Poetry: Bring Students' Voices Together Through Group Writing
Incorporate opportunities for collaborative writing in your classroom by using collaborative poetry. Students will first write individually from a character's perspective and then work together as a group to create a communal piece of writing.
Why I Use Mentor Sentences to Teach Writing in my High School English Classroom
This fall marks the sixteenth year that I will be returning to school as an English teacher. Every summer I start planning for the year... what will I keep, what will I change, what will I try for the first time? Of course, after so many years there are bound to be many things that I ditch, and even more that I tweak and adjust to better fit the needs to my students. But, after more than ten years of use, I have a favorite strategy that I always make time for -- teaching writing with mentor…
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Ethos, Logos, Pathos Skinny Poster Set
Students gain deeper understanding and master defending their positions with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. This Aristotelian appeals classroom skinny poster set helps your students ace the new SAT essay by explaining how to analyze and write compelling arguments. Each poster features: A definition An explanation of the appeal's importance Tips for how and when to use the appeal Annotated examples ©2017. 13 x 38 inches. Laminated to last.
Teaching The Process of Literary Analysis
Do your students really understand how to analyze a text? Use these classroom-tested strategies to teach the process of literary analysis to your students.
Writer's Notebook for Secondary Students
I love the idea of a writer's notebook but, as a high school teacher, I don't have a lot of time for cutting and pasting. My students also need more room to write. So, I created a writing notebook that can be stored in a binder, one that allows room for students to work and to store other handouts ...
Analyzing Literature with Graphic Essays
The Georgia Department of Education English Language Arts division has its very own Twitter account and has been hosting a weekly series this academic school year of “Twitter takeovers”…
Sketchnotes Prewriting Activity
Want to help your students brainstorm ideas for their papers in a way that is downright fun? Wait till you see their eyes light up when you introduce sketchnotes. For visual learners especially, this is a powerful way for them to gather their thoughts before writing a paper. As they capture the bi...
My 5 Favorite Writing Mini Lessons for Secondary Classrooms — TeachWriting.org
It may come as a surprise to you that my favorite mini lessons are nothing fancy. Rather, they are lessons I tend to come back to again and again throughout the year because students desperately need them. They are lessons that focus less on content and more on behavior and the structure of writing workshop. Writing and reading workshop started in the elementary classroom and many secondary teachers are realizing the benefits to this style of teaching reading and writing.