Resource Roundup

Resources for the Middle School Teacher

April 12, 2013

Literacy Strategies Edition

We are all responsible for helping our students become critical consumers of the content that they access on a daily basis. Reading, writing, researching, and communicating are essential life skills for our students.

This Literacy Strategies Edition has a variety of creative ways for embedding reading, writing, and critical thinking into your classroom.

April is Poetry Month!

The Poetry Idea Engine

The Poetry Idea Engine is a simple, interactive tool that helps students create four types of poems; haiku, limerick, cinquain, and free verse. To create poem on Poetry Idea Engine students select one of the four formats. If they pick one of the first three format students will be given a short explanation of the pattern before completing the template to create their poems. - Richard Byrne

Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students from Grade School to Grad School

As an autobiographical challenge, the six-word limitation forces us to pinpoint who we are and what matters most — at least in the moment. The constraint fuels rather than limits our creativity. - Larry Smith

Integrating Six-Word Memoirs into Social Studies

My students had just finished a unit on the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, so I thought it would be easy to twist the traditional autobiographical six-word memoir to other people's biographies. I asked my students to create six-word memoirs for the leading thinkers of the Enlightenment. If people like Voltaire, Newton and Diderot only had six words, how would they describe their accomplishments?

Why Word Order Matters in Google Searches

Google's Search Anthropologist Daniel Russell recently shared a short video demonstrating why word order matters when formulating your search terms. In the two minute video we learn how and why reversing word order can affect the outcome of your search.

Word Order Matters (1MM #8) Febuary 22, 2013

20 Useful Google Search Tips You Probably Don't Know

Google search tips aren’t uncommon–but useful search tips are another thing entirely. Add in useful tips that you’ve probably never heard of and–well, you just got better at Googleing didn’t you? Included in the visual are 20 Google search tips that will help you better find what you’re looking for!

Teaching Persuasive Writing Through Art

As I read the article, "Norman Rockwell shares 8 marketing lessons from art and advertising". It truly got me thinking about how art can be used to persuade people and more importantly, how it persuades people. When you see an advertisement, you are truly reading a persuasive writing piece – the writing is just being represented through the visual art. In essence, a print ad is an arts integration idea come to life. Our minds feast on the visual representation of an idea, which persuades us to find out more information about that product or thought.

Three Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift

The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards in ELA/Literacy. Shift 6 suggests an instructional change in the teaching of Academic Vocabulary. While there are many specific vocabulary standards in the K-12 Language strand, it’s helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view known as Shift 6.

Make Your Next Summarization Activity Interactive, Artistic, and Kinesthetic

In the body sculpture technique, also known as the statues technique, groups of students determine the essential attributes of a concept, idea, process, fact, sequence, or skill, and then design a frozen tableau using all the group members’ bodies in a way that best represents those essentials. Although they have a lot of fun molding their classmates’ bodies into an assembly of “statues” to represent what everyone has learned about a topic, there’s more than fun going on here. The analytical discussions students have while creating the sculpture and the discussions that their classmates have about the finished tableaus help the information move into long-term memory.

10 Tactile/Kinesthetic Vocabulary Activities

This *free handout details 10 tactile/kinesthetic vocabulary activities for middle or high school that support's Marzano's "Six Steps to Effective Vocabulary Instruction."

*To access the resource, you will need to set up a free account with Teachers Pay Teachers.

Your Brain on Books: Ten Things that Happen to Our Minds When We Read

Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses. It sounds romantic, but there's real, hard evidence that supports these things happening to your brain when you read books. In reading, we can actually physically change our brain structure, become more empathetic, and even trick our brains into thinking we've experienced what we've only read in novels.

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Jamie Neibling

Middle School Teaching & Learning Coach

Martial Artist, Thinker, Reader, Learner