Kim Campbell suggests activities and prompts to energize narrative writing with teens.
Gretchen Schroeder melds famous artwork with literacy instruction in her high school classroom.
Gretchen Schroeder finds her high school students are always eager to see the movies related to the novels they are reading in class. Yet it rarely makes sense to show the entire film. She explains how to choose clips judiciously.
Jennifer Schwanke explains why pop quizzes can be damaging to students by using a pop culture reference.
Gretchen Schroeder finds the classic dinner party assignment is a fun way for her high school students to explore kindred spirits in literature late in the school year.
Gretchen Schroeder finds group composing is a fun way to build community, writing skills, and understanding of how arguments work with her high school students.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Kim Campbell instills a love for a lost art in her high school students.
Erin Ocon compiles a list of the ways she publishes writing of her teen students.
Gretchen Schroeder has suggestions for using short texts and close reading to help students comprehend The Lord of the Flies.
If your goal is to get teens more excited about independent reading, Gretchen Schroeder has suggestions to help.
Kim Campbell has suggestions for ways teachers can help introverts have more say in literacy workshops.
Kim Campbell shares her favorite nonfiction short texts to use with adolescents.
What conventions can be taught in a way that sticks with older adolescents? Gretchen Schroeder slows down and focuses to improve her instruction.
Shari Frost asks a provocative question: Can books harm children? She explores practical ways for teachers to walk the fine line between support and censorship in matching books to students.
If you find yourself buried in student work that needs a response, you’ll enjoy suggestions from Bill Bass for using a nifty new online tool.
Shari Frost has a suggestion for what shouldn’t be on classroom walls: student assessment scores. She explains why this practice can be harmful to students.
Bill Bass gives advice and provides resources for creating video with high school students.
Heather Rader has strategies for using sentence combining in literacy workshops.
Ruth Shagoury shares her top picks of mystery series for teens and tweens.
Heather Rader begins a new series on sentence combining, an alternative to traditional drill and kill grammar instruction.
Jeff Anderson concludes his series on explanatory grammar moves by exploring participles, included in the Common Core eighth-grade standard covering the use of verbals.
Gretchen Schroeder concludes her Shakespeare in the Age of the Common Core Series with activities to explore subtext in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Gretchen Schroeder continues her Shakespeare and the Common Core series on teaching the classics in high school, explaining how she uses Hamlet in creative ways to teach close reading strategies.
Ruth Ayres has advice for moving forward, staying positive, and focusing on what’s important.
Gretchen Schroeder launches a three-part series on Shakespeare in the Age of the Common Core. This week’s installment is a fresh take on teaching Macbeth to high school students.
Jeff Anderson continues his Explanatory Grammar Series with a feature on the power of right-branching sentences.
Ruth Ayres explains how deciding the purpose of conferring in advance can lead to more powerful conferences.
Maggie Beattie Roberts and Kate Roberts present a step-by-step process for close reading in the middle and high school grades involving multiple passes through the same text.
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