Here’s a great idea I found on Pinterest…. You can see lots of inspiring examples here and here. I tried this lesson with my middle school students and they really had fun with it! For more detailed instructions with photos, tips, writing prompts, a student gallery, and fascinating fingerprint facts, check out my pdf on …
Restating the Question Lesson - Teaching with a Mountain View
Am I the only one who adds this skill to her plans ASAP for the new school year? As. Soon. As. Possible. It’s crucial, and it’s one of those skills that kids tend to resist a little bit because they don’t understand WHY it’s so important. We start with a lesson about how to restate ... Read more
Writing Summaries - Teaching with a Mountain View
Year after year my students struggled with summaries, and then I started using this method for teaching summary writing. Eureka! I will never again teach this skill without this summary anchor chart.
Host a Book Tasting in Your Classroom!
January is rolling along and my kids (both my school and actual kids) are finally readjusted to our routine after winter break. While in real life, I find January-March the three most difficult months to endure because the weather hurts my face, at school it's a different story. January-March are, I think, the BEST months of teaching! By this point, students are well-acclimated to the schedule and expectations, and there is no looming break to look forward to. The weather, as I already…
The Literary Maven: A Poem A Day: 30 Poems for Secondary Students During National Poetry Month (or Any Other Time of Year)
Looking for new poetry for your middle school and high school students? These 30 poems, recommended and tested by secondary ELA teachers in their own classrooms, are sure to engage and inspire your students during National Poetry Month or any time of year.
Summarizing Nonfiction Text During a Social Studies Lesson (with a free graphic organizer!) (Crafting-Connections.blogspot.com)
In the past, teaching students to write nonfiction summaries was probably my least favorite ELA topic to teach. Why? I didn't feel like I was very good at writing them myself! Narrowing down paragrap