English Middle School Mania

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English Middle School Mania
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"The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." Dr. Seuss
 
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My school district uses Achieve 3000. Sometimes our students rush through an article or simply skim it. Many were scoring below the 80% they should be aiming for and they needed some extra help slowing down as they worked. So many of the students
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This is a full lesson plan to be used as a classroom supplement or a stand alone substitute lesson plan. This lesson uses the short story by L. Frank Baum, "The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger" This story is entertaining for kids of all ages,
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This is a five day mini unit covering plot, conflict, characterization, point of view, and theme. The stories are from L. Frank Baum's Little Wizard Stories. These resources may be stand alone lessons or a thematic week long mini unit. A
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This is a five day mini unit covering information text, expository writing, mixed genre research and writing, main idea, inference skills, and comparing texts. The stories are from Frank R. Stockton's, Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coast. These
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I have prepared a Narrative Task PARCC Practice Assessment for my middle school ELA classes. Using this old favorite I created questions that are similar in style to PARCC and Smarter Balanced. This assessment may be printed from the word document,
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Each year I feel there are too many amazing poems, and I just can’t do them justice. A few years ago I wanted to give students the chance to experience poetry and figurative language. I found that using centers, or stations, was a great way to
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This is a lesson plan for the short story All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury covering plot, climax, resolution, point of view, and narrative writing. The story can be found online or in most middle school literature anthologies between grades
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Here is a three day mini unit. A veteran teacher may use these lessons as a supplement to an existing unit, while a new teacher may see them as a starting point when one feels lost without a clear curriculum. I have also tried to make them so
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This is a full eight week unit over elements of literature with a focus on The Hero’s Journey archetype. With this unit the students will be able to choose a fiction novel and participate in mixed novel literature circles. Students will also create
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I have been a middle school yearbook advisor for the past five years. I was in yearbook all through high school and even for a year in college. I generally create stuff for my students as we need it. If they need help with theme development I
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My husband has taught middle school math and algebra for the past six years. Even though this site provides English Language Arts activities, units, and sub plans, I have convinced him to start creating! This is the second worksheet posting for
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This is my Trip of a Lifetime research project. I have used this as a stand alone research project and in connection with the novel Around the World in Eighty Days. A veteran teacher may use this research project as a supplement to an existing
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I have my students set goals for the year each school year. This lesson plan has them go through the writing process with their school goals from brainstorming to planning to writing their draft. I have included a sample teacher goals letter as
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This is a set of quizzes for The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel. I have taught The Lightning Thief for years as part of my Hero’s Journey Novel Unit. I added the graphic novel to help with accommodations for lower leveled readers. These six quizzes
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I have prepared an easy to fill in PDF for my students to use at the start of our argument writing unit. It is incredibly comprehensive and allows the students the chance to improve their own writing with appropriate topic sentences and transition
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Each year I am trying to incorporate more options to encourage choice reading with my middle school students. This quarter I chose some of my favorite projects and presentations over the past years and created a choice Tic-Tac-Toe board. I wanted
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This is my entire Around the World in Eighty Days Novel Unit. A veteran teacher may use this novel unit as a supplement to an existing unit, while a new teacher may see this unit as a starting point when one feels lost without a clear curriculum. I
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I have been a middle school yearbook advisor for the past five years. I was in yearbook all through high school and even for a year in college. I generally create stuff for my students as we need it. If they need help with theme development I
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I have prepared a guided peer editing sheet for my students to use in editing groups. It is incredibly comprehensive and allows the students the chance to answer questions and focus on improving each other’s work as well as their own. I have even
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This is a year-long research project allowing students to choose research topics that interest them. The writing assignments are scaffolded throughout the year to help students expand their informational writing abilities naturally. With this
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching middle school English Language Arts for the past ten years. I spent the first five years in a small town school in rural Nebraska teaching grades 7-9 English. The past five years have been in an inner city school in Colorado Springs teaching 7th grade language arts. I am the department chair in my building and work with my colleagues to vertically and horizontally align our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculums to the new Common Core standards.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love to try new things and new technologies in my classroom, but I always mix in tried and true strategies that I learned in my master's program and from mentor teachers. Repetition and practice of skills is important as well as writing every day. I plan each lesson plan thoroughly and take pride in the work I produce. The benefits of a well planned lesson are clear with the work that my students produce and the expectations they rise to meet.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I spent my first five years teaching grades 7-9 English in a small town. I had my students for three years and then some were stuck with me for longer if they were assigned to my study hall as a sophomore, junior, or senior. The group of 9th graders that I had my last year in Nebraska honored me as their teacher by throwing a birthday party for me complete with glass tea cups for our pop. I cried when I told them I was moving to Colorado and a few of my students did as well. I went back for their high school graduation three years later and was honored to be mentioned as part of the valedictorian's speech.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I majored in English Education at Doane College in Crete, NE. My master's degree is in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College in Lincoln, NE.

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Please leave feedback when you download or purchase a product. I will learn from constructive criticism and will share your excitement if you find something useful for your classroom! Follow my blog: http://englishmiddleschoolmania.blogspot.com Follow me on Twitter: @aadamsELA

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