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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

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Surviving the First Day of School: A Guide for New Teachers

For new teachers, the looming first day of school is bound to cause a little tossing and turning the night before. Middle and high school kids can seem really intimidating- until you meet them! If you have a plan of action for that first day of school, none of your students will even know you're… Continue reading Surviving the First Day of School: A Guide for New Teachers