Test Review Can Be Fun!

Test Review Can Be Fun!

Test Review Can Be Fun! Reviewing for ELA standardized testing can be boring. Reading passage after passage and answering questions does not excite most students. I am the teacher, and those test prep activities didn’t interest me either.  I wanted my students to...
How to Successfully Write Constructed-Response Essays

How to Successfully Write Constructed-Response Essays

How to Successfully Write Constructed-Response Essays Writing class looks very different today than it did when I started teaching. In many states, students are writing fewer narratives (stories) and more essays. For example, in Florida, students are expected to write...
How to Simplify Essay Writing for Students

How to Simplify Essay Writing for Students

How to Simplify Essay Writing for Students Last week I shared with you the TEACH method as a way to help your students learn to write a text-based essay. If you missed it, you can click here to see it now.  Using the TEACH method may take some time to introduce and...
How to Use TEACH to Improve Student Essays

How to Use TEACH to Improve Student Essays

How to Use TEACH to Improve Student Essays Essay Writing.  The bane of our existence.  Some students enjoy writing essays (I did!), but for the bulk of our students, writing an essay seems overwhelming.  Students write different types of essays: reflective,...
How to Effectively Teach Greek & Latin Roots

How to Effectively Teach Greek & Latin Roots

How to Effectively Teach Greek & Latin Roots Students receive many benefits from learning Greek and Latin roots. Knowing roots and affixes can help students determine the meaning of new words, as English contains many words based on Greek and Latin. This...
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