Introduce New Titles

Slides for Book Talks Come here for slides to use in book talks to introduce young adult titles to your students.  You'll find slides to talk about historical fiction, graphic novels, biographies, fantasy, science fiction, classic and contemporary titles. Feel free to adapt the slides to fit your needs. One…

Physically Feeling Poetry

Understanding Mood and Rhythmic Devices A few strategies that both middle school and high school students find interesting follow. One idea is considering contemporary or classical wordless music that the text evokes either because of the rhythm, sound, or connotations of the words. Auditory learners really are drawn to this…

Using Commas Correctly

Grammar: Using Commas It may sound silly, but it works.  Get PHYSICAL!  All you need is access to technology to project sentences on to white board and markers in lots of colors. Have ready to project a list of sentences requiring commas for different reasons.  As you review the comma rules, invite…

Teaching Invisible Man

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a rich, complex, and engaging novel.  It won the U.S National Book Award in 1953 and remains relevant to this day! Here is a range of resources for teaching this intriguing novel focusing on six of the motif recurring throughout the book: (1) Real/Surreal;…

REAL DEAL incites REAL WRITING

Creative Writing with Real Deal This multidimensional, multimedia website has resources and lessons you can adopt for your high school students and adapt for use with middle school students. Real Deal Education with Scenerios to incite writing and talking about sensitive topics important to teens. This excerpt is from their…