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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

 

E-pals Around the World

With e-pals, students develop real-life writing and social experiences, learn the format of a friendly letter and parts of an e-mail message, and discover other cultures, languages, and geographic areas.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 
 

 

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry

Students read an example of allegory, review literary concepts, complete literary elements maps and plot diagrams, create a pictorial allegory, and write diamante poems related to the theme of change.

 

 

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  

Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

Selecting appropriate reading material for students is hard. For decades, teachers have known that quality instruction requires a careful matching of materials to students. The goal is to select materials that are neither too difficult nor too easy for students--a phenomenon sometimes called the Goldilocks Rule.

 

Using Concept Circles to Develop Academic Vocabulary

Using Concept Circles to Develop Academic Vocabulary

In this guide, you will learn how to use the Concept Circles strategy to support vocabulary development and comprehension of complex text.

 

 

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Lisa Rank

Making Writing Meaningful to Middle School Students

Lisa Rank | Language Arts Teacher | Easton, MD

When asked to develop a Writing for Publication course for middle school students, I turned to ReadWriteThink.org for inspiration and advice