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10 Best ELA Tools for Middle School

Middle school is the perfect time to ignite students' passion for reading and writing. These hand-picked ELA apps, games, and websites do just that, building on foundational elementary skills with readings that focus on compelling topics and writing opportunities that challenge students' thinking. Many of these tools also feature great support, offering students feedback on their grammar and…  learn more

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10 THINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WANT YOU TO KNOW

I originally wrote this post a couple years ago after talking with my son about his first year in middle school.  The quotes are his…love them or leave them.  Here are ten insights I wanted to share to help you feel connected and aware as a middle school teacher and/or middle school parent…  learn more

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100 Winning Debate Topics for Middle School Students

When students learn to debate, they gain valuable life skills. Debates teach kids to research their topic, make informed choices, and argue effectively using facts instead of emotion. This list of middle school debate topics encompasses both serious and lighthearted ideas for kids ages 10 to 14. Each topic includes a link to an article…  learn more

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34 Must-Share Poems for Middle School and High School

It can be hard to know which poems will spur your middle and high schoolers into deep, meaningful discussion and which will leave them yawning! So we asked experienced teachers to share their favorite poems that always get a reaction, even from teens. Here’s what they had to say about the best poems for middle…  learn more

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50 Must-Read Books for Seventh Graders

Welcome to Amy’s Bookshelf! Here, teachers will find carefully curated book lists for each grade level from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Moving forward, new lists filled with book recommendations will be published weekly. Sometimes, these lists will be organized around a specific theme, like a holiday or seasonal event. Other times, they will feature rockstar…  learn more

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70 Great Short Stories to Teach in Middle School

A good short story is a perfect teaching tool. Because they require less time to read, they are an easy way to expose your students to new authors and genres. Also, the best short stories are every bit as engaging and meaningful as the best novels. We asked our audience on Facebook and Instagram to…  learn more

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826 Digital Writing Lessons

Lessons are highly engaging and ready to use. They’re built around a topic and genre and focused on an educational outcome.  learn more

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EDSITEment: Lesson Plans

EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture. All websites linked to EDSITEment have…  learn more

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ELA Classroom: 20 Meaningful Vocabulary Activities for Every Grade

We Are Teachers Learning new words is like adding to your writing wardrobe. Your writing becomes so much more interesting and engaging when you have more options available. These vocabulary activities work for all ages, K-12, and provide kids with a variety of learning options to help them build their own word bank.  Jill Staake…  learn more

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Fun English Games for Kids

Welcome to Fun English Games for Kids! Find a wide range of free teaching resources that are perfect for students learning English, ESL classes and teachers looking for ideas online. Enjoy interactive games, classroom activities, printable worksheets and more!  learn more

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Help Teaching: Online Self-Paced English Language Arts Lessons

Our collection of ELA lessons is designed to help students build core grammar, reading, and writing skills. Topics range from understanding relative pronouns to summarizing key details in a text and constructing a quality paragraph. Our lessons for middle/high school students are meant for self-directed online learning.  learn more

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Informational Text Projects That Build Thinking and Creativity

Ideas for helping you move student work from ordinary knowledge to extraordinary thinking. New demands for literacy instruction require an emphasis on both literature and informational text. But student work with informational text doesn’t have to be a dry regurgitation of facts. In fact, putting a creative spin on student performance tasks can turn informational…  learn more

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Khan Academy: ELA 2nd-9th

A personalized learning resource for all ages Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content. We…  learn more

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Literature, Writing, and Research Skills

A collection of websites to assist middle school students in writing and research skills.  learn more

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Middle School English Lesson Plans

Bright Hub Education Find lesson plans for grades 6-8 covering material in core curricula such as English, math, science, social studies, and art. Many plans offer a series of lessons in a unit that you can teach during a several day or week time period, while others offer thematic tie-ins across several subjects, reinforcing the…  learn more

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MiddleWeb: Teaching with Comics and Graphic Novels

Fun and Engaging Strategies to Improve Close Reading and Critical Thinking in Every Classroom, MiddleWeb is all about the middle grades, with great 4-8 resources, book reviews, and guest posts by educators who support the success of young adolescents. And be sure to subscribe to MiddleWeb SmartBrief for the latest middle grades news & commentary…  learn more

MightyOwl: Language Arts

Fun and engaging Our videos, quizzes and worksheets prepare and support learners in a truly fun and engaging way Mighty and serious Our materials are developed by teachers and comprehensively address well-established educational standards, such as CCSS and NGSS Free Everybody deserves equitable access to high quality education and so MightyOwl is free  learn more

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Read Write Middle

I am in my ninth year of teaching 7th grade. I taught Social Studies for two of those years and Language Arts for the rest.  learn more

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Read Write Think Unit Plans

Here at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.  learn more

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Read Write Think: Classroom Resources

Dive into a sea of resources, knowledge, and inspiration for all your literacy needs. With thousands of standards-based resources for teachers and students, you can be confident your students are getting the education they deserve.  learn more

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TeachingEnglish Secondary Lesson Plans

Here you can find a wide range of full lesson plans to use in your secondary classroom. All of our lessons are designed around themes engaging and relevant to secondary learners and can be used to complement your school curriculum, giving students an opportunity to develop their English language and skills in motivating and enjoyable…  learn more

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TED-Ed Lessons With a Halloween Theme

A TED-Ed lesson examines what made Poe's macabre works timeless classics. In Why Should You Read Edgar Allan Poe? students can learn about Poe's guiding principles for writing, the recurring themes of his work, and the personal factors in his life that contributed to his writing. Find the complete lesson here or watch the video as embedded below.  learn more

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What are Literature Centers?

Literature Circles are a way for students to assume a specific role in the study of something (usually a text). Though almost always associated with the content area of ‘Literature’ or ‘Language Arts’ in North America, the concept of studying a topic in groups by assigning functional roles for each group member can be applied…  learn more

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Writing A-Z

Writing A-Z delivers online writing lessons, resources, and tools to meet the needs of every student, at every learning level. Lessons and resources to teach writing Interactive online writing tools for students Online reporting to track progress and growth Comprehensive Resources and Tools for Writing Instruction Writing A-Z delivers thousands of downloadable and projectable resources…  learn more