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Middle School Reading

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How to Use Reading Sprints for Motivation and Critical Thinking - Reading and Writing Haven

Motivate students with independent reading by adding engaging reading sprints...turn the traditional reading log upside down!

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Using Sentence Frames to Write Reading Responses

In upper grade classrooms, students spend a great deal of time responding to the texts they read. Over the years I have found that no matter what grade level I teach, students have a difficult time writing thorough and meaningful reading responses. At the start of every year my students need quite a bit of guidance when writing their responses. One of the best ways that I have found to teach students to write meaningful responses is by providing them with sentence frames. I like to encourage students to follow three simple steps when writing reading responses, each with sentence frames and prompts to use: Step 1: What did you read? While reading... In chapter __ of... On page __ of... During today's reading of... Step 2: What happened in the text? Tell what a character said. Tell what a character did. Tell what a character thought, felt, or learned. Describe the setting. Describe an important event that occurred. Explain a problem that was encountered. Step 3: What did you think? This made me think... This made me realize... Based on this, I can infer... Based on this, I can predict... This reminded me of... I can relate to this because... I could visualize... I now understand... This three-step process encourages students to not only tell what happened in a text, but also reflect on what they thought or felt about what they read. Here is a sample response using these steps: I have included a FREE handout for you to share with your students to help guide them in writing thorough and meaningful reading responses. Click HERE download this FREEBIE. If you are looking for more resources for reading response, check out my Reading Response Journals for literature and non-fiction texts. These resources include anchor charts for different reading strategies and skills, as well as more specific sentence frames for the different skills. Click on the pics to learn more. Writing thoughtful reading responses is not always easy, but with a bit of guidance from using sentence frames and prompts, it will soon become second nature for students!!

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Good Middle School Books for Reluctant Readers

Find good books for your middle school students who are reluctant readers, maybe even struggling readers. From graphic novels to nonfiction books, I'm

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Point of View Teaching Activities and Ideas

Find powerful point of view teaching activities and ideas including strong books and anchor charts to strengthen students' understanding.

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Annotating Tips for Close Reading - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Annotating texts is a powerful strategy for readers. Get tips and strategies to help your students annotate effectively and use their annotations.

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How to Teach Theme with Each Kindness

Check out this post to learn more about the book, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and how to use it in the classroom for teaching theme.

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Compare and Contrast | Book Units Teacher

Using The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a great way to teach compare and contrast. This animated short is a beautiful award-winning film. Teaching Compare and Contrast with the…

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3 ways to make student thinking visible

Help the learning process with these simple strategies for making studennt thinking visible. Perfect for middle and high school English classes.

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