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Middle School ELA Pacing Chart

Middle school ELA teacher? Download this free pacing chart to help you plan your own scope and sequence.
I love to get questions and comments from teachers. <3

Sometimes I have to stop and appreciate just how awesome is it that we can click a few keys and be in touch with hundreds- or even thousands- of people who face the same challenges we do. And we learn so much from each other!

Lately, teachers have been emailing me asking how I organize the major reading and writing units of study for my 7th grade ELA class. Many have my Teach, Practice, Test units and/or my writing units, and would like to know the suggested order in which to teach them.

The easiest way for me to share this information is by posting my pacing chart. Click below to download, and feel free to make use of it to plan your own scope and sequence. It can probably help you plan, even if you don't use the Teach, Practice, Test units OR the writing units listed here. You can substitute whatever materials you prefer.

Cultivating Kindness...School-wide!

Would you like to set off a giant wave of kindness that envelops your school? 

Would you like to spread goodwill and gratitude throughout your school community?

Would you like to make teachers, custodians, principals, bus drivers, and cafeteria aides cry?

Tears of joy, people! Tears of joy. 

Yes? Definitely? Let's talk, friends.

10 Ways to Allow Your Students to Save Face

Do you want encourage your middle school students to participate? These 10 tips work like a charm!

We know that class participation can accomplish many goals as an instructional strategy. In addition to engaging students, participation promotes speaking and listening skills, and can be utilized as a quick formative assessment tool.

The challenge is to get ALL kids to participate. Even the shy and anxious ones. As one articulate 10-year-old said to me, "If I speak up and say the wrong thing, they won't let me forget it for the REST of my life. It's a jungle out there."

It is indeed. So I'm going to share some "fresh ideas" for eliciting participation without kids having to worry about the "jungle."

I'm also linking with some awesome bloggers who are contributing their own "fresh ideas," along with a chance for you win a cool prize!

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