Monday, October 26, 2015


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fun Fall Finds for ELA Classes

It's fall again!  I posted last year about some of the things I do to include fall themes in my English classes.  You can see that post here: Celebrating the Season: Fall/Halloween Edition.

This year I have a few more ideas and a few updates for you.

First, use this time of year to work on descriptive writing.  The changes of the leaves (at least here in the midwest) and temperature are perfect to have students practice with. This is a great opportunity to take them outside, if even just to find a leaf to bring back in and write about. You could even do shape poetry!

Second, I love the idea of having students practice writing thank you notes.  Being thankful is something we often don't take enough time to think about.  And, I've noticed that the art of thank you notes and letter writing is dying.  (When I asked my students for their addresses this year they ALL forgot the city and zip code.  And this was with college students.)  It'd be even better if you actually had the students send these letters to people that they were thankful for!

Third, I reiterate my idea from last year to use Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven!  I updated my task cards and added an answer key so they're now even better!

What do you do in your class?

Check out all of the products below for even more amazing ideas and resources.

B's Book Love:  Painted Pumpkin Symbolism
Brynn Allison: Nonfiction Close Reading History of Halloween
Language Arts Classroom: Bell-Ringers and Grammar Errors for November
Creative English Classroom: Imagery in Autumn
Spark Creativity: Scary Story Festival
Room 213: Halloween Creative Writing Learning Stations
The mELTing Teacher: Ergot and the Salem Witch Trials, Crucible SAT like Questions
Ms. Fuller's Teaching Adventures: The Raven Task Cards
Kovescence of the Mind: Parts of Speech Grammar Units- Identify, Diagram, Review, and Test
2 Peas and a Dog: 12 Genre Book Reports
Lit with Lyns: Analyzing Pop Song Lyrics
Teach Inspire Change: Student Behavior and Parent Communications Binder
The OC Beach Teacher: Discussion Tools for Any Text: Reader's Roundtable

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is fast approaching! So here's a little trick or treat for you!

First, here are my tricks... here's a list of the blog posts I've done with tips and tricks for teachers:

5 Tips for 1st Year Teachers

Set Your Sub up for Success: Tips and Tricks for Classroom Teachers

Substitute Teaching Tips and Tricks Part 2

Tips and Tricks for Substitute Teachers

Click my "Tips and Tricks" tag on the right to find even more posts!

Second, here's a treat... a brand new freebie perfect for the spooky month of October! This will be a seasonal freebie so get it while it's active!

I'm linking up with a group of TPT secondary sellers: Secondary Smorgasbord so click the image below to get even more tricks and especially Treats!

Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Currently Reading: October 2015

Right now I'm working on reading a few different things.

1.  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee I'm reading this on my Kindle.  So far my feelings are mixed. However, I felt like it was one of those books that all English teachers should read.  I should really sit down and finish it!

2. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean  I'm exploring this as an option for our school's common read next year.  It is non-fiction and way outside of my normal reading material.

3. Thug Notes I love the youtube videos so when I saw there was a book I ordered it immediately! I can't wait to find ways to use the book in class!

4. Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang  I want to use this book as a basis for a project with future students as part of a unit on ad analysis. It's a great book to explain images and making specific choices when creating something!


I'm linking up with The Literary Maven! Click the image below to find even more great reads!

 Thanks for reading!