Finding novels for my students is both a challenge and a joy. The TOP 5 ways I can always tell I have found that awesome text is when my students are: talking about the book outside of class…recess, lunch, to parents, the principal…LOVE this! not wanting to stop reading when ELA class has come to an end. asking to take the book with them to
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!
One of my favorite novels to teach at the middle grade level is Crash by Jerry Spinelli. In fact, it is the perfect text to begin the school year with because students will be able to make personal connections as the characters begin their school year as well. The story begins with the narrator, John Coogan, explaining through flashback how he got his nickname, Crash.
I have not posted in awhile, since April in fact! Life has been busy! Three kiddos make a momma busy! A good, exhausted, hit the pillow and fall asleep in seconds kind of busy! Since last summer we have added a new family member, our sweetest baby boy, Landon. Currently he is a smiling and rolling machine! My sweet four year old girl, Lilah, has
While this school year has been an awesome one, it has posed some different challenges. One of which is the fact that I have a number of readers that are not on grade level. Considerably below grade level, in fact! I know, how many of us have a year when that is NOT the case?! This year, however, I have needed to re-evaluate my instruction
My 6th graders have been busy learners these last few weeks. Upon completing a passage called Dinosaur Ghosts: The Mystery of Coelophysis, I challenged my students to some research. I don’t know what it is about dinosaurs, but my students LOVE learning about them. I think it is that they lived so long ago, were so massive, for the most part, and no longer exist.
I find myself to be a pretty motivated person. I am excited to wake up in the morning, clear my head with a run, and tackle the day. At the end of each school year I find that the thought of 11 or so weeks is the perfect amount of time to tackle some things that I did not have the time for during the