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Book Character Analysis-

This month, I began the September lesson with an excerpt from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory .I began with annotating the sample to find text evidence on his character traits and personal [...]

Social Emotional Lesson- How Do You Want Others to View You?

WOW! This lesson definitely pushed my students and I outside of our comfort zones! Who likes bragging on themselves? Especially when you are writing it for all to read! Well this social-emotional [...]

September K-1 lesson

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I had a great time teaching the September lesson of the month in one of our first grade classrooms this last week! Check out some of my modeled charts from [...]

Student Samples & Modeled Lesson: Perspective/POV

Wow! This turned out to be one of my favorite lessons I’ve done! Have you downloaded the August lesson of the month on point of view and perspective? If not, it is NOT too late! This lesson will [...]

September Lessons of the Month

I am so excited about this month's lessons! These are foundational skills that you will be able to change and adapt as you go through your school year! You can scaffold and adapt these lessons for [...]

Swatch Your Tone

Thank you to Rosemarie Aleman and Natalie Hodges who teach 8th grade at Hutto MS for this fun idea! What a great way  to boost vocabulary into our lessons for students to use in their own writing. [...]

The Name Jar- Student Samples

One of my most favorite back to school lessons comes from the book the Name Jar, written and illustrated by Yangsook Choi. Be sure to check out this lesson provided to you by [...]

School Feelings

Check out this cute back to school writing sample from your narrative guides! What Feelings Look Like is one of the staple lessons in narrative writing, taught in every grade. Find this lesson in [...]

Back to School Lessons

WOW! It is hard to believe summer break has come to an end. Tomorrow is my first day back with a new group of over 130 sixth graders. I am excited to get this year started, and I have so many new [...]

Foundation for Every Lesson this Year!! Genre Sort

In your EW guides, section one is all about genre and author's purpose. For me, this is not a skill I teach at the beginning of the year and then never talk about again! I want my students to [...]