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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Best.Year.Ever!!

It's here, Friends.



I am so incredibly excited for this year's sale! My shopping cart is overflowing!!

You will not be able to beat the deal on my Year of Writing Instruction:

Part One: September-December

Part Two: January-May

Also, you'll find a great price on my HUGE Interactive Notebook BUNDLE!!


And now is a great time to check out my latest Bundle:


So, what's on your list this year? I'd love to hear from you!!

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups by David Wisniewski - Writing with Mentor Texts series


Phew! July is just flying by, isn't it?!

I'm back today to share with you another of my Writing with Mentor Texts lessons. This is one of my all-time favorite books! Hope you like the lesson :)

Lesson Five: The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups by David Wisniewski




(Clicking on the above image should allow you to print the lesson plan!)



(I print this out for students to use as the COVER for their story... even middle schoolers get a kick out of it!)

If you try this lesson , be sure to tell me about it!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Writing of Roald Dahl - Writing with Mentor Texts series


This is a lesson using the works of Roald Dahl that I've watched an amazing colleague of mine teach over the years.

You will need a copy of Matilda, The BFG, and The Witches.

Lesson Four: The Works of Roald Dahl



 (Clicking on the above image should allow you to print the lesson plan!)

I just love Roald Dahl. I am so excited to share his books with my own children when they are bigger.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt - Writing with Mentor Texts series


Hi Friends!

Here is the third lesson from my series on Writing with Mentor Texts. Hope you like it :)

Lesson Three: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt


(Clicking on the image should allow you to print the lesson plan!)

Hope you are all enjoying your summer! Let me know if you try any of these lessons out and how you like them.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

If I Ran the School by Bruce Lansky - Writing with Mentor Texts series


Hey everyone! Hope July is treating you well :)

I'm here to share with you another lesson from my Writing with Mentor Texts series. My kids got a kick out of writing these "giggle poems." Hope your students enjoy and much as mine did :)

Lesson Two: If I Ran the School by Bruce Lansky







(Clicking on the image of the lesson plan should allow you to print!)

Remember to keep me posted if you try any of these lessons!

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown - Writing With Mentor Texts series

So, summer learning has kicked off with a bang! I am absolutely in love with my new group of kiddos. They are simply AWESOME! I am so excited to spend the next year with them :) (Last year I wrote about the URSA program that we have at our school. I am the 7th grade URSA teacher, so these kids will be with me for the 2016-2017 school year.)

The first few days, we did a lot of ice breakers/getting-to-know-you/team building stuff. I use some activities from this:



And this:


The kids had a blast!


It was great to watch them work and start the important process of becoming a "family."

I also introduced them to the joys (and hand-cramping!) of Quick Writing. Very few complaints this year, so I'm taking that as a GREAT sign:


And now, I want to share with you the first of my Writing with Mentor Texts series! I am so, so excited to share these posts with you! I LOVE using mentor texts when I teach writing. I cannot think of a better way to inspire middle schoolers.



Since I will be teaching these kids all school year, I needed to put together lessons that are not part of my September-May curriculum. I knew that I wanted to use children's literature and picture books as my mentor texts for the summer (what's more fun than a picture book!?!) so I scoured the Internet and talked to lots of different colleagues about their favorite stories.

Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing the lessons that I will doing this summer with you for FREE! So, check back often throughout July and August to gather up your FREEBIES!

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Lesson One: The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown


(Clicking on the image of the lesson plan should allow you to print!)

I'll be eager to hear if you try out any of these lessons out and how it went, so be sure to keep me posted.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy July 4th!!

Just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a great July 4th!



My family and I just finished up a nice stint at the Jersey Shore. We were in Sea Isle City, which is only about 10 minutes from our actual house. But we rented a place pretty much on the beach and lived like "shoobies" for the week (that is what we call out-of-towners here at the shore!). My four babies had a blast and can't wait until we do it again next year :)


Since getting home, I've been prepping like a crazy to get ready for the start of our summer learning program. I'll be teaching 7th and 8th grade writing and I plan to center all my lessons around children's picture books and literature mentor texts. I'll be putting each lesson up here for FREE, so stay tuned:


Hope summer is treating you well so far! Come visit next week when I hope to start posting all about my summer teaching experience.

Happy Teaching!