Bell Ringers: ELA Standards: Grades 6, 7, 8

ANALYZE! SYNTHESIZE! APPLY! Do you sometimes wonder where to begin when you teach the English Language Arts Standards for Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text? Would you like a resource where students analyze the Middle School ELA Reading Standards, synthesize their meaning, and then apply what they’ve learned to authentic real-world literature and informational text?…

Reading Strategies Bookmarks

When students READ what should they do?  Become one with the text. When students READ what should they do? Look ahead in the text. When students READ, what should they do? Think about the text. READ! LOOK! THINK! Lip-sincing doesn’t work. Saying the words without understanding their combined meaning, also doesn’t work. Students are expected to…

Citing Textual Evidence

To cite or not to cite, that IS the question some students have as they attempt to answer written response questions. Some students also have difficulty  understanding how to cite textual evidence or what should be included when they cite from the text. Each year I explain the citing textual evidence process by sharing a…