Close reading is deep reading, and it plays a crucial role in comprehension. I wanted to do close reading with my sixth graders, but couldn't find anything to guide my middle-schoolers through the process while holding them accountable. Everything I
This is a week-long unit plan created for upper elementary/middle schoolers that combines reading tall tales and some close-reading group activities. The five-day lesson plan includes daily instructions for an hour long (approx.) class period. You
Great resource for teachers and students.
I give this chart to my students at the beginning of the year to keep in their English binder. This helps them review figures of speech after summer 'brain drain.' I discuss each type and have them work
Great compare/contrast essay guide and rubric for middle school students. Easy to follow and to explain paragraph by paragraph. Use with Venn diagram after reading the radio play (free versions available online) and watching the Twilight Zone
This is a PowerPoint to introduce, or review, how to structure an informative, argumentative, or persuasive essay. Great to introduce the skill, and a great reminder to go through before the writing portion of state testing.
This weekly chart is useful to teach root words and affixes all year long. I give two per week to my students (off of a chart I found online), and they work on their own all week to complete it. They keep these charts in a section of their binder
This is the corresponding PowerPoint designed for the teacher to lead the class in taking notes/direct instruction for all of the activities for my TALL TALES CLOSE READ UNIT: PARAPHRASING AND SUMMARIZING. (there is also a bonus slide for writing a
In the first few weeks of school, I use these notes to review genres and point of view in my sixth and seventh grade language arts classrooms. There are 13 genres and three pov in the table and students write down the definition for each. Point of
A complete unit for teaching "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. A close read worksheet is excellent for practicing a variety of skills: comprehension, rhyme scheme, paraphrasing, summarizing, and more. I will have students do the close read after
I created this simple guideline and graphic organizer to help my sixth graders understand how an argumentative essay should be structured. They read a debate or argument (I used an online site to find many of these) and then brainstormed arguments
This chart can work for ANY subject vocabulary or academic vocabulary. My middle school students keep the chart in their binders, and when we learn a new term or vocabulary word, they add the word/definition/example under that letter. There are
Research shows that more reading produces better readers, so our kids need to READ MORE! I have found that at the middle school level, most kids stop reading outside of class. I have developed this Middle School Reader's Response sheet to keep my