Probably a subtitle more like: “Bravely going where no language arts teacher has gone before” might’ve been more appropriate.
Our middle school language arts teachers have been on quite a journey this year, and we’re capping it off with our second joint meeting tomorrow (ALL 14 teachers from grades 6-8 at both MS buildings, plus an intervention specialist, plus a media specialist). We’ve tackled BOTH text complexity and curriculum mapping simultaneously this year, and to say that it’s been chaotic is an understatement. But, it is with absolute appreciation for the hard work of these teachers that I can say we have accomplished something awesome.
In this post, we look closely at reading standard 4 and offer titles and lesson suggestions that serve the dual purpose of implementing and aligning with this standard while addressing important back to school issues surrounding community building,...
"The basic messages were that these standards are for everyone. Unlike instruction or assessment, standards are not adjustable by child--these are goals for all children. Also, English Language teachers have an advantage in working with these issues because they know how to teach language; the challenging text demands of common core will require more explicit teaching of language to all children (including those who are native English speakers)."
Here is an in-depth look at one schools reading and writing lessons as students go from kindergarten to grade 2. Find useful teaching techniques, like role playing, that can help your students with reading and writing.
A great strategy for building vocabulary for any student. Using paint chips, teachers provide students with a visual aid to better understand difficult vocabulary. Covers Common Core for the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.
Wonderopolis is a whimsical, engaging site offering "Wonders of the Day" such as "Why do skunks stink?" "Do insects work out?" to "Who was Rosie the Riveter? Although it is primarily geared for elementary grades, students of all ages can learn from it. New questions are posted each day.
Utah has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as the state's math and language arts core standards. Jordan School District trained all middle school language arts teachers last spring and this year those ...
Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.
Today's post is the second installation in a series about teaching students to think about the main idea in passages. It challenges teachers to move beyond multiple choice questions to open-ended alternatives.
Informational text is more important to teachers than ever before, especially with the rise of the Common Core standards. The Library of Congress is an excellent resource for finding and using texts to build students' reading skills.
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