English Language Arts, Figurative Language, January Activities, Picture Books for Middle School, Picture Books in Middle School, Poetry, What is Mentor Text

5 Winter Picture Books to Teach Figurative Language

In college, my beloved Reading Methods professor read us picture books at the beginning of class. As twenty-something-old college students, we relished those five-ten minutes it took for her to read a book. We could relax, get lost in something other than student teaching hours, seminars, and projects, and just enjoy a good story. When… Continue reading 5 Winter Picture Books to Teach Figurative Language

Author Study, English Language Arts, How to Teach Writing

How to Teach Writing with Lemony Snicket

“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.” ― Lemony Snicket Lemony Snicket knows just how important reading is. Daniel Handler, the author behind the pseudonym/character of Lemony Snicket, is known widely for his novels, A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also written several picture books for… Continue reading How to Teach Writing with Lemony Snicket

Author Study, English Language Arts

How to Write a Biography: Upper Elementary to Middle School

Writing a biography can be a daunting task. When students hear the assignment of writing a biography, they may have thoughts of long, boring essays or a tedious 10-page book report. There are various ways to tackle writing a biography, and they can even be fun in the process! Let’s look at some less intimidating… Continue reading How to Write a Biography: Upper Elementary to Middle School