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Creating Interactive Choose Your Own (Google) Adventure Stories

Creating Interactive Choose Your Own (Google) Adventure Stories | Teaching 7th and 8th Grade Literature | Scoop.it
A fond childhood memory of mine was going to the library once a week to check out some of my favorite types of books - the Choose Your Own Adventure series. They were created by Edward Packard and ...

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 4, 2014 11:45 AM

I think creating these stories would help students identify the main idea of a story and understand the importance of plot, all while having a great deal of fun.  Win for everyone!

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Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing

Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing | Teaching 7th and 8th Grade Literature | Scoop.it
In today's post I'm sharing information I gave to my students about the differences between summarizing and synthesizing information in terms of reading strategies and research.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 5, 2014 6:09 PM

I think this is a key Common Core shift that needs to be modeled for students. This article gives a straight forward summary.

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What's in a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction

What's in a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction | Teaching 7th and 8th Grade Literature | Scoop.it
What’s In a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction by Kathleen Stern As a middle school reading teacher, I constantly find myself thinking, “If my students knew the meaning of more words, they would be be...

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 7, 2014 12:28 PM

Concrete examples for middle school teachers.

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No Nonsense Non-fiction: Tips for incorporating non-fiction into the ELA curriculum

No Nonsense Non-fiction: Tips for incorporating non-fiction into the ELA curriculum | Teaching 7th and 8th Grade Literature | Scoop.it

Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes for English language arts teachers working to refine and update curricula is the need to incorporate larger amounts of nonfiction texts. As ELA teachers, we are experts in teaching literature — but nonfiction? Having recently gone through the process of writing a new middle-school ELA curriculum, I fully understand this challenge. Below are some of the ways our middle school ELA teachers worked to more organically integrate nonfiction texts into our teaching.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 8, 2014 6:10 AM

Keep in mind the expectation to increase non-fiction texts (and more complex texts) is not only in the ELA class, but other subjects as well. 

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:21 PM

Great examples of how to painlessly add informational text to your teaching.

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Common Core & Ed Tech: Infusing Technology into Literature Circles

Common Core & Ed Tech: Infusing Technology into Literature Circles | Teaching 7th and 8th Grade Literature | Scoop.it

The ‘jobs’ that drive the literature circle have not changed much over the years, but the means of accomplishing those jobs has.  I sat in on Tiffani Brown’s presentation on Literature Circles at the CUE Conference.  She has infused different web-based applications into the jobs, making them more fun and engaging for the students.  Here are some of her suggestions:


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 22, 2014 12:11 PM

Simple ways to update your lit circles.

Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, January 24, 2014 2:35 PM

Infusing technology into Lit Circles!

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Teaching 7th and 8th Grade Literature | Scoop.it
For a coming student contest in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts on a wide range of issues.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:39 PM

I love these prompts! Plenty of topics to grab  a student's interest. 

Cathy Sullivan's curator insight, July 17, 2014 3:10 PM

This looks promising!  Issues to ponder that fuel the  fire to  write.