Using Phrases as a Camera Lens

Howdy, Monarchs! Once you fully understand basic sentence structure (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences), you’re ready to start zooming in on different details by adding phrases to your sentences. There are three types of phrases you can use to zoom … Continued

Kid-Friendly Analysis: Making Analysis Accessible For All Students

Last year, I left my comfortable position teaching seventh-grade language arts at a small, rural middle school in New Mexico teach high school English and AP Literature to juniors and seniors closer to home. The first few weeks in my … Continued

How to Write Level Three Questions: A Four-Step Process

Why ask strong questions about a text? Good readers always ask questions about the text, even when they don’t know how to find the answer. Questions help to deepen understanding about a text, and strong questions force you to look … Continued

Reading Comprehension 101: Five Strategies for Scaffolding Challenging Texts for Not-English Teachers

Welcome, Teachers! A few weeks ago, our instructional coach, Val Hoose, asked me to help her plan and run a professional development session on reading comprehension for teachers who teach math, science, social studies, and various electives, as well as … Continued

Quills and Thrills: Writing Prompt Week Two

Greetings, Quillers and Thrillers! Welcome back to Quills and Thrills: Creative Writing for the Google Generation! If you were here last week, I hope you got your Ten Commandments of Digital Citizenship pledge and permission form signed by your parents … Continued

Have you heard about Quills and Thrills yet?

Want to know more? Read all about it at What is Quills and Thrills? Ready to start the first writing prompt? Check it out at Quills and Thrills: Writing Prompt Week One! Download a printable version of the Ten Commandments … Continued

Quills and Thrills: Writing Prompt Week One

Good afternoon, Thrillers! Welcome to Quills and Thrills: Creative Writing for the Google Generation! Not sure what Quills and Thrills is?  Find out here! Figurative Language Throw Down Challenge Prime your mind for creative thinking every week with the Figurative Language … Continued

Pinterest 101

Only the cool kids are invited… Like many people, I didn’t really feel the need to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon, but then I had to do a presentation on how to use social networking in the classroom. Pinterest is … Continued

iTube? No…YouTube!

I love YouTube. I am not the type of person who uses it every day or spends hours watching different videos, but I love how easy it is to find great videos and share them with my friends. Usually, I … Continued

Digital Conversations: Pros and Cons (Well, mostly pros)

As an English Language Arts teacher one of the tools I rely on is my students’ ability to discuss writing and literature in an appropriate manner. I teach seventh grade. My students are professionals at inappropriate behavior. When I try … Continued

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