Completing a writing unit is a HUGE accomplishment no matter what grade level you teach. Whether you teach Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop, district mandated writing units, or some other writing curriculum, it is something to celebrate when your students come full-circle from the brainstorming to the drafting to the publishing process. When I consider the growth that my students make from day one of a
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.
Check out my Top 5 Reasons Novel Units Work!
Friendships-developing them, growing them, and maintaining them is part of growing up. Being an upper elementary teacher, mom, wife, sister, daughter, coach, troop leader, and friend, I find that friendship is a focus of so much of my day. If you teach upper elementary to middle school, you might spend a great deal of your planning time, lunch time, and after school working out friendship
As a veteran teacher I can share that I am still learning and refining my own practices based on the groups of students that I have the good fortune of working with each year. As you know, no year or group of students is ever the same! Therefore, we live, we learn, and we tirelessly work to create the most effective learning experiences possible for
I don’t ever remember getting to do really creative things with books as an elementary-age student, so I did a whole lot of fake reading. I would sit at my desk during silent reading time and look like I was completely absorbed in a book, but I can’t tell you how many of my library books went completely unread past chapter 1, better yet, page
I am thrilled to be joining in with my Reading Crew friends to bring you this jam-packed summer mentor text linky. Click away, read on, and find some AMAZING resources to utilize for your end of the year, this summer, or for your return to the classroom in fall. I dream of reading novel after novel throughout the school year, but time is of the
My Reading Crew friends and I are at it again with our Growing Readers and Writers Mentor Text Linky. I am always in search of the perfect novels to share with my upper elementary students. I find myself scanning book shelves everywhere I go in order to find those “best fit” books that impact how my students read, think, and feel. When I read Wonder