Use Alice Walker's shortest of short stories to teach your high schoolers and advanced middle schoolers how to use text clues and prior knowledge to make advanced inferences--all while having fun along the way. In this CSI inference activity, students work in investigative units to determine what happened to the victim in the story. No prep, detailed answer keys--just print and go!

Use Alice Walker's shortest of short stories to teach your high schoolers and advanced middle schoolers how to use text clues and prior knowledge to make advanced inferences--all while having fun along the way. In this CSI inference activity, students work in investigative units to determine what happened to the victim in the story. No prep, detailed answer keys--just print and go!

Great ideas and inspiration in this middle school classroom reveal - from decorating to small group areas to hanging posters and anchor charts. |…

Great ideas and inspiration in this middle school classroom reveal - from decorating to small group areas to hanging posters and anchor charts. |…

Slam Poem Videos Appropriate for Middle School (and others) – Teacher Powers

Slam Poem Videos Appropriate for Middle School (and others) – Teacher Powers

Looking for new poetry for your middle school and high school students? These 30 poems, recommended and tested by secondary ELA teachers in their own classrooms, are sure to engage and inspire your students during National Poetry Month or any time of year

Looking for new poetry for your middle school and high school students? These 30 poems, recommended and tested by secondary ELA teachers in their own classrooms, are sure to engage and inspire your students during National Poetry Month or any time of year

If poetry is taught the right way, students should be cheering at the thought of a Poetry Workshop day. This blog post outlines the "why" of Poetry Workshop along with tips and tricks that I have picked up to make any poetry unit a raging success in your middle school classroom.

If poetry is taught the right way, students should be cheering at the thought of a Poetry Workshop day. This blog post outlines the "why" of Poetry Workshop along with tips and tricks that I have picked up to make any poetry unit a raging success in your middle school classroom.

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