Have you ever had your students complete a Thanksgiving from the turkey’s point of view writing assignment? If not, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to teach point of view and voice. We have our students complete this writing activity in early November to allow us time to share them and discuss the power of […]
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The words affect and effect are sometimes hard for middle school students to understand. Here is a handy trick to use in your ELA classroom! Use the following affect vs. effect mnemonic to help teach the difference between the confusing words: RAVEN Remember, Affect is a Verb Effect is a Noun. This affect vs. effect mnemonic […]
It’s that time again in my seventh grade ELA classroom, time for our “Dead Word Funeral”. It’s a somber, yet exciting event. My students dress and act the part. We carry tissue out to the “grave site” and shed tears as we read our eulogies. We nod our heads and say an occasional, “I’m going […]
At our school, only teachers have iPads in the classroom. Our district can not yet afford for every student to have one. Still, there are some great apps that I have found to be AWESOME for classroom use! GradeCam – This by far is my favorite! With gradecam, you print off your own scantrons, and […]
Students love a good story, especially a good scary one. Why not let them write their own? Download the FREE handouts to use in your classroom this October. You will find a list of potentially spooky Halloween story starters. There are several ways you can use these. Allow students to write their own individual stories. […]
Are you thinking of trying guided reading in middle school? As a middle school teacher, I was eager to learn about guided reading. It’s the craze in elementary school, and I was anxious to know if it would work miracles in my seventh grade ELA classroom. Here is what I determined after all of […]
Check out our list of middle school short stories lesson plans printables, and look at how we use these middle school short stories lesson plans and printables in our classrooms. We teach 7th grade ELA. Sometimes, what is included in our literature books is just not enough, and that’s what we found with the following […]
7th Grade Lesson Plans for 1st nine weeks of school Sometimes it helps to see just how other ELA teachers are fitting in everything that we have to teach. At our school, we have 60 minute classes. We would like to share with you our 7th grade ELA 1st nine weeks plans. This is our […]
Have you ever just wanted to see another teacher’s 7th grade ELA yearly plans? We have put together a free resource that shows you what we do all year in our 7th grade classes. Filled with tons of printables that you can use right away, this resource will help you see how we juggle all […]
Interactive Notebooks in middle school ELA Classrooms are wonderful! Check out these top reasons to start using them in your classroom today. Students stay busy with interactive notebooking. Students can forget going to sleep or even daydreaming. With interactive notebooks, students are actively engaged during each lesson! Students enjoy it. Most students take pride in […]
ELA Core Plans provides teacher-written lesson plans, bellringers, and novel units designed to coordinate with Common Core State Standards.