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Giving Thanks! A Giveaway for Grades 5-8

Middle School Giveaway

We’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada. (Man that turkey was good, too!) Anyhow, with Thanksgiving just around the corner for folks in the US, I decided it was time for a giveaway! And, I’m not doing it alone!

Kate from Kate’s Classroom Café and I have come together to give thanks for a special group of teachers – amazing middle school teachers, of course! This giveaway is subject specific and just for you!

There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won, so be sure to enter now so that you don’t miss out! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few new goodies before the holiday season? Of course it would! So let’s get to it!

 

 

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So, middle school teachers, thanks for all that you do! You're a special group of people.

You are appreciated! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

 

Using Picture Books to Teach Literary Elements in Middle School – A Great Find and CCSS Aligned

I’m super excited about the book that I just got Using Picture Books to Teach 8 Essential Literary Elements: An Annotated Bibliography of More Than 100 Books With Model Lessons to Deepen Students’ Comprehension. What a mouthful!

The book covers:

~Setting

~Point of view

~Plot

~Characterization

~Theme

~Foreshadowning

~Flashback

~Figurative language

 It’s for grades 4-8 and contains 2 lessons for each of the 8  literary elements above, using suggested titles. Each lesson is based on a model text – a picture book! The title, author and brief plot summary are included for each model text. Each lesson begins with a critical question based on the literary element and the materials required for the lesson are listed. A step by step explanation follows, as well as black line masters if applicable, and a wrap-up. Beyond the 16 lessons, there are  “More Books for Teaching…” each of the 8 literary elements. Along with the additional title suggestions, are teaching ideas and interdisciplinary connections for each.  Over 100 titles are included in all and this book is aligned to the Common Core – which is a bonus! There is a two page spread at the beginning of the book listing which standards are addressed.

One of the lessons that I can’t wait to use is a Point of View Improv activity. The group that I have this year will love it! Most of them love an audience and thrive on acting silly! There are 10 cut-apart scenarios that willing students will draw from a basket, each putting them into a unique situation by giving them a specific point of view to speak from. For example, “You are a cheeseburger. You see a big mouth coming towards you. What do you call out?” I mean, come on!  What a unique idea! There are only 10 cards included, but it would be easy to come up with some others. Students could also create their own “point of view improv” card and the cards could be added to a class set.

I just love when I buy a book that I can see so many uses for! I already own 5 titles that are included in this book and I’ll be looking at gathering more!

Picture books are so powerful and I think that sometimes we forget that in the middle and upper grade levels – I know I do. However, so many picture books are extremely versatile and could address multiple teaching points. I don’t mean for you to run out and purchase this book – although I do think it’s a good buy! What I’m suggesting is to have a look at your library, or the class libraries of teachers of other grade levels. Most picture books will offer opportunities for teaching literary elements – it’s just to find the time to read through some good ones and to make those connections. That’s what I love about this particular book – all the connections and titles are there for me! 

Do you have any titles of picture books that you use to teach particular literary elements?

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Middle School Freebies ~ Lessons, Activities and Printables

free middle school resources photoI’ve been getting lots of traffic on my “Freebies” page from blog followers and visitors. It occurred to me, though, that maybe not everyone has looked beyond the homepage of Lessons From The Middle.

 I just had a peek at the Middle School Freebies collection that I started a while back, and I noticed that it was up to 71 links (as of today)! That’s pretty cool. So, just in case you haven’t already seen this collection of freebies – here it is! Grab a cup of coffee and download away.

 There are free resources of all sorts and for the most part, vary from grades 4 – 9. Again, this collection is located on the FREEBIES tab, if you’d like to find it again in the future.

Oh, and if you have a middle school freebie that you’d like to add – by all means – please do so!

This link-up is part of Teaching Blog Addict’s Ulimate Linky Party!

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