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Creating Essential Questions in Three Steps

Teachers, this is a great post that teaches you how to write your own essay question for your students! Perfect for middle school and high school english teachers!
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Utilizing essential questions was a game changer in terms of our teaching style! Once we started implementing them, they gave our students focus and purpose and encouraged them to showcase analysis and evaluation of complex ideas - talk about a win-win.

If essential questions are new to you, basically they are "big idea" questions about recurring themes in a novel or literary piece. These questions encourage students to do the following:

Reviewing Subjects + Predicates in a Fun Way

A fun and easy way to teach subjects and predicates! Make grammar interactive and engaging with this sorting activity!

Teaching grammar can be BORING, but we use interactive notebooks with our kiddos to introduce and teach concepts, which makes it just a bit more fun. However, practicing grammar with worksheets or from our grammar workbook is really where we start to lose our students. Especially when it comes to subjects and predicates because this can be a really tough concept for students to grasp. After scouring the internet and not finding very many fun grammar review games on this concept, we decided, hey, we'll just make one for ourselves then!

3 Ways to Stay Motivated in March


Hello, Spring! And hello to one of the looonnnggesst months in the classroom. Why is it that March seems to drag so much (it’s almost as bad as January!)? Maybe it’s that long stretch between winter and spring break. Maybe it’s the fact that there are no long weekends to look forward to. Or maybe it’s the promise of warm weather that has us just wishing March would hurry by and bring us to April. Whatever it is, we’ve come up with three ways to stay motivated in the classroom this month. Here’s to surviving the month and dreaming of our spring break vacations....

Easy Valentine's Day Unit for Middle School & High School Students


We know Valentine's Day can be pretty crazy in the classroom when you factor in the pre-teen/teenager hormones. So, we like to make sure we have an engaging mini-unit planned that not only holds our students' attention, but also ensure some quality learning is taking place! It also helps to make the day run more smoothly when your lesson(s) can be tied into the holiday!

Easy Ideas for Valentine's Day in Middle School


Valentine's Day has got to be one of the craziest days in the middle school classroom. It's right up there with the day before Christmas break and the last day of school! Having spent several Valentine's Days with middle schoolers over the course of our teaching careers, we've come up with three sure-fire ways to make sure the day runs a bit smoother! We hope these help you out in your own classrooms! :)

Found Poetry Activity


If you haven't heard of a found poem before, it is essentially what it sounds like! Students cut out words and phrases that they find and create a poem out of them! It's an extremely easy and exciting way to begin a unit - students are engaged right from the get-go.