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What to Do With High School Students at the End of the Year

Here it is- the highly anticipated slog to the last of day of school. State and AP testing is just about completely over and your students are checked out for summer. But, we still have how many weeks left?! Here's some ideas(and some free resources!) from a high school English teacher to help you switch… Continue reading What to Do With High School Students at the End of the Year

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Short Stories with Diverse Characters for Middle School

One way to get students invested in reading is to expose them to literature that contains relatable characters. Sometimes our classics don't always do a great job of representing our diverse student body. Here's a few really great short stories to teach in middle school whose characters have a wide range of backgrounds. 1. Seventh… Continue reading Short Stories with Diverse Characters for Middle School

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Poems About Gratitude to Teach in Middle School English During November

As you transition out of the Halloween season into the season of giving and gratitude, you can change up your themes in your classroom assignments as well. I usually move out of my scary or suspenseful short stories unit into one that revolves around gratitude. Reflecting on what we have and expressing gratitude is an… Continue reading Poems About Gratitude to Teach in Middle School English During November

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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