Vocabulary Word Walls aren't just decorative. They also provide an awesome way to naturally expand a student's vocabulary. Ways to Successfully Use a Word Wall for Vocabulary Acquisition" will give you terrific ideas for using them!
Short Stories, Poems & Nonfiction for Secondary: Use this list of suggested informational texts, poetry and prose (all available to print for free online) for an entire year of English curriculum: 50 informational texts & U.
we should never have more than one student out at a time, but this would be a useful visual knowing if someone is out. Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach: Organizing a Balanced Literacy Middle School Classroom