English Language Arts

Gary Paulsen

A Beloved Children's Author Gary Paulsen, a beloved children’s author, died at the age of 82 this week. Teachers, students, and many readers who have enjoyed Gary Paulsen’s works were saddened by the loss of a great writer.  For Gary Paulsen's Official Author Page, click here. I was explaining to my students about his death,… Continue reading Gary Paulsen

English Language Arts

Writing Ideas for Middle School: A True Superhero Tale

A Peek Into My Lesson Plan Book: Identities & Life Stories One of the struggles I’ve seen numerous middle schoolers face deals with identity. Navigating the middle years is confusing. Between hormones, growing brains, and transitioning from child to adult, students sometimes don’t understand what their identity is anymore. Writing Ideas for Middle School: My… Continue reading Writing Ideas for Middle School: A True Superhero Tale

English Language Arts

3 Banned Books for the Middle School Classroom

September 26-October 2 was Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is a time to discuss the concept of book censorship, interesting and different texts, and the history of why certain books were originally banned from schools. It is also a perfect time to discuss or begin the reading of different banned books for the middle… Continue reading 3 Banned Books for the Middle School Classroom