As a 6th grade ELA teacher I am always in search of resources that best meet the needs of my 6th grade readers. Each year I reflect on what changes I need to make in order to prepare for this next group of students. What needs tweaked? What needs revamped? What needs a complete overhaul? The one element of my reading instruction that I have
ELA Novel Unit Instruction
Novel units can be used in whole class instruction, small groups, and independent reading. They are perfect for measuring reader comprehension while encouraging deeper reflection on characters, setting, and story elements. The posts in this section focus on incorporating novel units in middle grade language arts.
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Novel units are a HUGE part of my ELA classroom. I use them for whole class instruction, in small groups, and for independent reading in order to gauge my students’ understanding of a text, as well as encourage them to dig deeper into what the author is sharing through the characters, setting, and story elements. My goal is that my students have books in their
Today I’m sharing some ideas for historical fiction novels to share with your middle-upper elementary and middle school students. I have to be honest, I am not a big history buff. I never enjoyed my social studies classes in elementary school and was always hopeful for a solid, whole-class-period-in-length film in my history classes in high school. Have you seen this meme? This brought pure delight back in
While I have blogged about novels and finding the perfect one more than once, I find that throughout the school year it is a challenge. It is essential that we keep books in our students’ hands and their brains active with great literature. I am one of those teachers that could wander around the library or discount bookstore for hours in search of the best
If you are like me, you are always on the prowl and in search of that BEST novel to share with your readers. The other trick is that different school years bring completely different readers. Some years will bring very naive students with more sheltered experiences, while others bring the complete opposite. Is this true of your students as well? Recently I was having a
As a reading teacher I have a ton of favorite books! I have favorite picture books to read aloud to my own children, some for teaching different reading skills, easy reader chapter books for new readers, favorite novels to share with students as well as for my own personal reading…I could go on! Here are a few of mine broken into categories: Family Favorites: 1.