Dystopian novels are the indisputable #1 draft picks of middle school libraries. Ever since Lois Lowry published The Giver, students have continued to absorb similar books at an exciting rate. With overarching themes of governmental control, environmental… Read More »20 Dystopian Novels You Need to Teach in Middle School Classrooms
Gothic short stories have always been a favorite with my students. From the mystery and suspense to the old creepy buildings, to the heightened emotions and the hints of the supernatural… there is just something… Read More »14 of My Favorite Short Stories for Teaching Gothic Literature
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What is a flipped classroom? A flipped classroom is a class that has “flipped” the organization of instruction and practice. Instead of following the traditional classroom model, in which teachers give direct instruction during class… Read More »The Flipped Classroom Model
To be great, one should “study the greats.” And so, to inspire greatness, one should “teach the greats.” Works of literature are vital tools for improving a student’s language arts skills. They serve as models… Read More »Teaching Edgar Allan Poe
Formative assessment definition The assessment for learning Monitors student learning The term Formative Assessment refers to a wide range of tools/methods/strategies that educators use to assess students during the educational process. Educators use formative assessments… Read More »Formative and Summative Assessments: What’s the Difference?
For decades the short story has been a hallmark of the middle school Language Arts classroom. Short stories are so versatile that they can be taught as a whole unit, used to review a skill,… Read More »Best Short Stories for Middle Schoolers
Since the spread of coronavirus escalated in 2020, the requirement and desire to “work from home” has become less and less of an anomaly. Undoubtedly, the pandemic has mandated many teachers and educators go digital… Read More »Using Digital Escape Rooms To Teach ELA
Let it Grow, Let it Grow…Teaching Students How to Perceive Challenges, Invite Feedback, and Learn from Mistakes Teaching students how to cultivate a growth mindset is one of the best ways educators can help students… Read More »What is Growth Mindset?
Note: English as a language is an intricate (and sometimes frustrating) combination of rules and grammars from several languages, namely Latin, French, and German. Because modern English is an amalgamation of these languages, and because… Read More »How to Teach Verbals