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Creating a love to read, write, speak, listen, view, and above all--think
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25 Terrific Online Games for English Language Learners ...

25 Terrific Online Games for English Language Learners ... | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Written by nani4u ... however each demographics will build up their skills, in spite of their age or proficiency, through game-based learning.
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New Supplement to Appendix A: New Thinking on Text Complexity

New Supplement to Appendix A: New Thinking on Text Complexity | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

Curriculum Matters

 

Take a look at ELA Standard 10: "Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently."

 

Appendix A of the standards... outlines the standards' approach to figuring out a text's complexity.

 

A supplement to Appendix A (http://corestandards.org/assets/E0813_Appendix_A_New_Research_on_Text_Complexity.pdf), issued today, expands on the original Appendix's approach to text complexity, based on a new study done to inform this process.

 


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Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice

Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

By Robert Rothman

Harvard Education Letter

August 2, 2012

 



Math

Focus Coherence Skills, Understanding, and Application Emphasis on Practices

 

ELA

More Nonfiction Focus on Evidence Staircase of Text Complexity Speaking and Listening Literacy in the Conent Areas
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Matt Weld's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:49 PM

Clear, concise, brief summary of the effects of Common Core

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Is Our Children Learning Enough Grammar to Get Hired? - Room for Debate

Are schools undervaluing grammar, given that employers may rule out applicants with sloppy writing?
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4450 FREE Grammar Worksheets

4450 FREE Grammar Worksheets | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Welcome to our Grammar worksheets category, where you can find tons of FREE print ready grammar worksheets and lesson plans that you can use in your ESL classroom.

 

Some good grammar worksheets

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How to Teach Argumentative Essay Writing

How to Teach Argumentative Essay Writing | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Whether your students are preparing to take standardized tests or you are walking them through how to write an essay, the Persuasive or Argument Essay is a standard strategy to cover.

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Write If You Want to be a Writer

Write If You Want to be a Writer | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Many people say, "I want to be a writer when I have more time." But they never have time. If you really want to be a writer, you must write. It will be a challenge but it's worth it. You are unique.

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Top 5 Apps for English | Certification Map - Teacher Certification Map

Top 5 Apps for English | Certification Map - Teacher Certification Map | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
While the iPad is excellent as an e-reader, it has much more to offer to English Language Arts teachers. As an excellent tool for grammar review, word references, and writing, the iPad makes reading and writing more ...
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The Most Loved Childrens Book | Visual.ly

The Most Loved Childrens Book | Visual.ly | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
This infographic was created as a way to celebrate to children’s literature over the years and help students develop a lifelong desire for reading.
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The Snapshot Writing Tool: Help Students Create Visual Imagery Within Their Writing

The Snapshot Writing Tool: Help Students Create Visual Imagery Within Their Writing | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Interesting writing idea... 

 

The Snapshot Writing Tool is designed to put students in a specific moment in time using a visual prompt such as a photo or video and then write about what you see? What you hear? What you smell? What you taste? and what you feel? Drawing upon all 5 senses.

The snapshot writing tool will really encourage your students create visual imagery within their writing, and they have a great deal of fun putting themselves in the perspective of the picture.

Students can either use a photo of their own anlongside the tool or alternately you can access my collection of 150 Amazing writing prompts here.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 5, 2013 10:17 PM

I'm always interested in a good prompt!

Sarah Gordon-Church's curator insight, October 1, 2013 3:22 AM

This is a FANTASTIC way to overcome the hesitant, fearful writer, the emerging writer, and the advanced writer all in one scoop! :) I have used this with success EVERY YEAR! The kids love it, it's relatable and produces some amazing alternatives to the boring form writing. This makes writing come alive for so many of my students! It boosts confidence and changes "Ugh, do we hafta write?" to "OOOOO! Can we do some more snapshot writing today!?!PLEASE!" 

Daiga Kalnina's curator insight, October 2, 2013 2:39 AM

Forša ideja!

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Naiku Quick Question

Naiku Quick Question | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Similar to Socratic... A clicker- like tool for all devices that is free. Naiku's Quick Question allows you to get immediate feedback from your students; simply ask a question, and students respond using any web enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet, netbook, or laptop. Similar to a student response system, without the need for proprietary hardware!

 

How it works is that you ask kids a question that is either true false, multiple choice, or open, and the site records the answers. you DON"T enter in the info into the software.

 


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Apps in Education: English Apps for Middle School

Apps in Education: English Apps for Middle School | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

"English is one of the major components of the curriculum. For any 1:1 iPad program to be really successful appropriate apps need to be sourced that will not only meet curriculum outcomes but also address the learning needs of your students. The following is a list of apps that have been researched and evaluated specifically for use in the Middle School English course. This extensive list was compiled by @ShireenRichards."


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Verb Worksheets - Action and Linking Verbs, Helping, Tenses, and more | K12 Reader

Verb Worksheets - Action and Linking Verbs, Helping, Tenses, and more | K12 Reader | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
K12reader.com provides free, printable verb worksheets – action and linking verbs, helping verbs, troublesome and misused verbs and more...

 

Verb worksheets

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12 Mobile Apps That Grammar Geeks Just Love | TeacherTime123

12 Mobile Apps That Grammar Geeks Just Love | TeacherTime123 | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
This app from Oxford comes with a hefty price, but it's incredibly useful for learning the usage of literary terms. ...
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Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris

Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
In this post we look at the range of lexile levels recommended by the new appendage to Appendix A which provides supplemental research about text complexity.

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David Timbs's curator insight, March 12, 2013 11:31 PM

We all need to familiarize ourselves with this chart.  

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Adobe Youth Voices

Adobe Youth Voices | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Great free resource where I just registered. There is an interesting narrative film curriculum here.

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Narrative and the Moving Image: What Film Can Teach Us About Fiction Writing

Narrative and the Moving Image: What Film Can Teach Us About Fiction Writing | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Fiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.
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Less is More? How to Teach Summary Writing

Less is More? How to Teach Summary Writing | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Teachers at times tend to believe that summary writing is easy, and students should be able to do it without being taught; teachers will sometimes make an assignment to “read and summa...
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How to Write - Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing

How to Write - Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Simple rules for becoming a better writer, from the author of “Zone One.”...

The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now.
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Rule No. 1: Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do. “And what do you have for us today, Marcy?” “A penetrating psychological study of a young med student who receives disturbing news from a former lover.” “How marvelous! Timmy, what are you holding there?” “It’s a Calvinoesque romp through an unnamed metropolis much like New York, narrated by an armadillo.” “Such imagination!” Show and Tell, followed by a good nap.

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Eliterate Librarian: April 2012

Eliterate Librarian: April 2012 | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Interesting....includes recommended book list for middle school that fits common core...

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The Newspaper Clipping Image Generator - Create your own fun newspaper

The Newspaper Clipping Image Generator - Create your own fun newspaper | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Make a newspaper clipping with your own headline and story. In example to surprise friends and coworkers, send a birthday greeting or to give your next blog entry a special look.


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21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

ideas for icebreakers using technology

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Voices from the Middle Moving from Print to Practice, May 2012 (19.4)

Voices from the Middle Moving from Print to Practice, May 2012 (19.4) | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Additional, online-only resources to accompany the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle.
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The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio over the years. It’s some sage stuff, although there’s nothing...
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