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Genre definitions
Sort extra Book Orders by the genres of your choice! Helps kids decide which is a best-fit and explain their choices.
Looking for genre activities to engage your upper elementary students? This blog post contains a genre anchor chart plus two more genre activities! Free printables, too!


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Graphic Organizers

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Fun, contemporary back-to-school lesson! Have your students draw "selfies" and describe their summer via text message prompts. Makes for a great bulletin board display!!

Beginning of the Year

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Reading Fair instead of Science Fair!  Awesome!  Kids can make at home and bring to school.  Love this idea!
Teaching in Room 6: Story Wheels
Students made Story Cubes with the elements of fiction: characters, plot, setting, point of view, theme.... I may need to use this ASAP

Book Reports

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List of Character Traits
A fun activity to teach describing characters and character traits.  Free downloadable template.
Close reading of a text to find character traits.  Then showcasing those traits with quotes from the story.

Character Traits

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Task Cards

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Connection to the text .... anchor chart by...Finding JOY in 6th Grade: literacy
This engaging activity puts a fun spin on making text connections!  It also makes a creative bulletin board or school hallway display!  It can even be used as a valuable addition to your students' interactive notebooks!   Four short stories are included!  $
Last week before break, I introduced the four different types of conflict- character vs. character, character vs. nature, character vs. society, & character vs. self. Each team was challenged to find an example of each from the many books we've read this year. I'm so impressed by the work they did! Some even remembered all the way back to our first novel The Boxcar Children. #fourthgradersrock

Making Connections

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FREE Martin Luther King Jr. worksheet!  Students read four passages related to Martin Luther King, Jr. They must determine whether the author's purpose is to persuade, inform, entertain, or explain.
Author's Purpose
Love this simple strategy for using old Scholastic Book Flyers to teach author's purpose!

Author's Purpose

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Love this activity Shana over at @helloteacherlady  did with her students! Definitely getting my students to write their own fake click-bait titles during our upcoming media literacy unit!😁 #teacherfollowfriday #teachersofinstagram
Classroom Freebies Too: Persuasive Writing Freebie
Teaching the Persuasive Technique Bandwagon with Commercials


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Biographies anchor chart
Biography hanger people
Biography Anchor Chart - could do for all genres


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Great concentrated context clues practice for 6th graders! Three sets (96 total) Context Clues Task Cards will help expand your kid's vocabularies! $
This Context Clues for 6th Grade Task Card Bundle has 3 sets of reading task cards (96 cards) which will help your students practice identifying word meaning using context clues. Each card has a short story with a sixth grade vocabulary word (underlined) and students choose the correct meaning from the three that are listed.
It can be so hard to teach context clues to your students sometimes. This weekly activity is a great way to teach your students how to use contexxt clues to build their vocabulary. #contextclues #buildingvocabulary #vocabularyactivities #upperelementary #teaching #reading #readersworkshop

Context Clues

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Introducing Dialogue Activities
Wordless short video - have kids write story for it using dialogue, action, thought
Writing Dialogue Freebie! Students edit and punctuate a passage for dialogue! - Young Teacher Love Blog


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Allowing your students to perform rather than simply read a play brings a new dimension to a class study of a dramatic piece. When students get up and act out the parts for their audience –usually comprised of non-acting students in the class – it brings a sense of identifying with and ownership of their parts.
Free readers' theater scripts & readers' theater poems that provide fast, funny reading fluency activities for students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.
When I grow up, I’d like to be @theamygroesbeck please!!! 😍😍😍 I mean, she’s creative, SO artistically talented, and teacher GOALS!!! Check out her page for more of these stunning anchor charts! #anchorcharts #mainidea #iteachela #iteachenglish #englishteacher #iteach6th #iteachfifth #iteachfourth


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"Fractured Fairy Tales" - classic fairy tales with a twist that kids love
if doing a fairytale unit this would be a good art project. Self portraits as king and queens
Comparing The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs- This folktale unit was created for use with The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and a more traditional retelling of The Three Little Pigs. It contains twelve comprehension strips with recording sheets, a compare and contrast writing activity with a graphic organizer, a summary writing activity for The Three Little Pigs, and creative writing prompts.  $ #folktales #commoncore

Fairy Tales

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Figurative Language
Great book for teaching similes- this link will also show books about antonyms, synonyms, sound words etc
Figurative Language Puzzles {FREEBIE}

Figurative Language Unit

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WHY GREEK AND LATIN ROOTS? Almost 70% of the English language is derived from Latin and Greek languages. When we teach students these "building blocks," they can recognize and decode unfamiliar words that are related to a known root. It is also increasingly important to explicitly teach students the meanings of Greek and Latin roots as they encounter
Prefix Anchor Chart with Free Teaching Ideas
Greek and Latin Roots Anchor Chart Anchors Away Monday {07.07.14} and Monday Meet Up

Greek & Latin Roots

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These reading menus are perfect for centers, guided reading groups or used as a homework reading log. The menus help students to respond to text and hold them accountable for their independent reading. The menus can be used with any text including fiction and informational!
In this ready for October, student-centered unit, students explore the genre of mystery. What makes a mystery? Why do some people love to be scared? What makes mysteries interesting? At the beginning of the unit, students choose from 4 activities in: reading, writing, art, and research.
Try Wall Pop dry erase stickers on a table in your classroom! I use it for spelling work, small group instruction, and math time. They add a pop of color, too!

Guided Reading

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In this engaging activity, students will review eight different text message conversations in order to make inferences and draw conclusions. Students are required to cite evidence for each answer. #reading #teacherspayteachers #middleschool
Use wordless picture books to teach students how to make inferences. Includes FREE printable.
Inference: What will this man have for breakfast tomorrow morning? What makes you think so?


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I've done small reading groups in the past but not like this. I love this idea!
Teach123: Literature Circles
Writing Prompts for Independent Reading

Literature circles

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Paragraph writing anchor chart.  I've done this before and called it a "Whopper of a good paragraph"
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Main Idea and Details Anchor Chart

Main Ideas

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Verb Collage
1. Color coded parts of speech help students to understand parts of speech and sentence structure.
Read about how I play these fun, free grammar games to teach parts of speech and to make it FUN!

Parts of Speech

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At my local homeschool group’s October meeting, we divided up into grade levels with the middle school moms (6th – 8th) all meeting together. Our topic was writing, and some common trou…
Personal Narrative Thinking Map
Working 4 the Classroom..... We are working on organizing narrative text! (Anchor Chart + Student Printable)

Personal Narrative

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Free engaging persuasive writing prompts available on this post! Get some new ideas for persuasive writing topics and grab the free download to use for writing stations, centers, or student-choice.
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In this activity, students will role play that they are trapped in their school by the zombie apocalypse. They have to decide whether to stay at the school... or whether to leave the school for an alternate location. In order to make this precarious decision, they must weight the pros and cons of both scenarios and then craft a persuasive speech to convince the class (the rest of their group) to go or to stay. #bespokeela #englishteacher #persuasivewriting

Persuasive Writing

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When teaching students about plot elements, I highly recommend creating a plot diagram anchor chart for a picture book you've read with your students. This blog post contains a lesson idea and a free student printable!
Extended plot structure activity for middle and high school English | Reading literature | Writing | Grades 5-12 | Fifth Grade | Sixth Grade | Middle School ELA | Activities for reading
The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be 3-4 stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i.e. one on characters, one on setting etc). Each stations has enough squares for each student in the class to write their answer. The question can be posted on the butcher paper, or on the wall. Students must support their answer with evidence from the

Plot Structure

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