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School library at Halloween.

School library at Halloween.

A way to organize your literature curriculum: Genres.... "Knowledge of different genres gives students useful schemata-frameworks for understanding born of prior knowledge and experience-for story types" (Lynch-Brown, Short, & Tomlinson, p. 247).

Genre Writing: A way to organize your literature curriculum: Genres. "Knowledge of different genres gives students useful schemata-frameworks for understanding born of prior knowledge and experience-for story types" (Lynch-Brown, Short, & Tomlinson, p.

I remember Lit Circles in the 8th grade &, like most group work, some kids did the work & some did not.  So this article helps address some of the problems with Lit Circles, without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Why I Don't Use Literature Circles in High School... And What I Do Instead

I remember Lit Circles in the grade &, like most group work, some kids did the work & some did not. So this article helps address some of the problems with Lit Circles, without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Book Recommendations for Middle School Age Boys

Book Recommendations for Middle School Boys

Book Recommendations for Middle School Boys - .because in just a couple weeks I will have a middle school boy!

We made the most darling book to go with The Gingerbread Man Loose in The School! for our gingerbread exchange buddies!

The Gingerbread Man Loose in Our School! Class Book & Gingerbread Exchange

An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

This is a fabulous way to get your students to familiarize themselves with all the different areas in the classroom.  I use this as an engaging act...

This is a fabulous way to get your students to familiarize themselves with all the different areas in the classroom. Also a great first day of school (wasting time bc you're finished with the rules) idea. For Pre-K I would use pictures with words.

This would be such an awesome lesson! Around valentines day, have students pick out a blind date with a book and then present their blind date to the class on Valentines Day! Still celebrating, but also learning.  *UPDATE* Actually did this with my 7th grade students this last semester and they had a BLAST! What a great way to get students reading!

And Now For The Greatest Blind Date Ever

So cute for high school.This would be such an awesome lesson! Around valentines day, have students pick out a blind date with a book and then present their blind date to the class on Valentines Day! Still celebrating, but also learning.

FREE Read and retell game. Love this idea to pass the dice around the room and have 6 students roll and retell... or I could roll as the teacher and choose students to retell.

Games for the classroom: FREE Read and retell game. Love this idea to pass the dice around the room and have 6 students roll and retell. or I could roll as the teacher and choose students to retell. This would also work great for small reading groups.

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