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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies

Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.

 

Student Interactives

 

Persuasion Map

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

 

Boys Read: Considering Courage in Novels

In this lesson designed especially for boys, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know courageous male characters through writing, Internet activities, and discussion.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Addressing the Complexity of Matching Readers With Text

Addressing the Complexity of Matching Readers With Text

Join Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp as they discuss ways to navigate the complexity of matching readers with text.

 

"It's Our World Too": Socially Responsive Learners in Middle School Language Arts

"It's Our World Too": Socially Responsive Learners in Middle School Language Arts

This book is a valuable resource for middle school teachers who want to use significant social issues such as race, class, and poverty to invigorate their teaching of literacy and communication skills.

 

 

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McCale Ashenbrener

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McCale Ashenbrener | Secondary Spanish and Language Arts Teacher | Boise, ID

I teach in a small rural district where every day I get to prepare six classes, Junior and Freshman English and Spanish 1, 2, 3 and Elementary Spanish