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Christmas Stories to Teach in Middle School English (and Where to Find Them for Free)

The countdown to Thanksgiving Break is in full swing, which means the countdown to Christmas Break is actually what we teachers are eyeing right now. I always find the space between Thanksgiving and Christmas to be both excruciatingly long and a chaotic whirlwind. Here are some seasonally appropriate stories to teach between your countdowns to… Continue reading Christmas Stories to Teach in Middle School English (and Where to Find Them for Free)

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Middle School Journal Writing and Bell Ringer Prompts for December

Get your students into the holiday spirit and keep them writing with these fun writing prompts for the month of December. Writing is a great way to get students to slow down and think about specific topics. With fun, holiday-themed prompts, your students will enjoy reflecting on the holiday/Christmas season while working on their writing… Continue reading Middle School Journal Writing and Bell Ringer Prompts for December

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Suspenseful Short Stories for Middle School English Language Arts

Short stories are a great way to engage students and teach meaningful skills without having to enter into long units. Middle schoolers love a good suspenseful story that can be covered in a single class period. You can teach plot, theme, characterization, figurative language, foreshadowing, and pretty much any of the literature standards with a… Continue reading Suspenseful Short Stories for Middle School English Language Arts

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Fun Ideas for Halloween Lessons, Activities, and Readings in the Middle School ELA Classroom

October is right around the corner, so it's time to start thinking about incorporating the fun elements of this month into our English classrooms! Middle schoolers love spooky stories and while many of them have outgrown trick-or-treating, most still want to partake in Halloween festivities. Here's some ideas to bring the fun of October to… Continue reading Fun Ideas for Halloween Lessons, Activities, and Readings in the Middle School ELA Classroom