Children's Book Reviews, English Language Arts

Using Scary Stories to Motivate Writers

Are you searching for a way to motivate writers in your classroom? If so, grab some quick and easy scary mentor text to read to your students during October. Reading a variety of samples of mentor text is an awesome way to model the craft of writing. Plus, using scary stories to motivate writers is… Continue reading Using Scary Stories to Motivate Writers

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, Mentor Text for Personal Narratives

Picture Books in Middle School Part 2

One of the hills I will die on is the fact that students love picture books in the middle school classroom. They are just big kids that love to relax and listen to a good story. I think it must remind them of their elementary years, among other reasons. Every time I meet someone and… Continue reading Picture Books in Middle School Part 2