• Megan Mariano

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Reading/Writing:


PACING GUIDE (6th GRADE): My 6th Grade ELA Pacing Guide and What I Do Everyday


BACK TO SCHOOL: Starting the Year off Right in Middle School ELA


SYLLABUS: What I Put in My Syllabus


CONFERENCING: Student Conferencing in Middle School English Language Arts


RESEARCH / NON-FICTION: Non-fiction in Middle School ELA: Using Research, Essay Writing, and Book Creation for Skill Focus


TEST PREP: Standardized Test Prep in Reading and Writing Workshop


SCHOOL CLOSURE: Extended School Closure Resources and Tips in Middle School E.L.A.


POETRY: Going Digital with Poetry: Close Reading and Figurative Language


DEBATES: Argumentative Writing: Debates in Middle School


END OF SCHOOL YEAR: 5 End of School Year Activities in Middle School with a Digital Focus


CURRICULUM: Why My E.L.A. Curriculum is Built on Units: 4 Reasons Why I Don't Focus on Standards When Planning


EMBRACING CHANGE: Stop Teaching the Same Way Every Year: 5 Reasons to Embrace Change in your Teaching


MORE BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything You Need for Back-to-School in Middle School E.L.A.


HIGHLIGHTING: The Importance of Highlighting: Different Ways to use it in Middle School English Language Arts


PACING GUIDE (7th GRADE): My First Year in 7th Grade: How it Went, What I Did, and What Will Change


SUMMER PLANNING MADE EASY: Summer Planning Made Easy: All You Need to Prepare for a New School Year

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Reading Focus:


SUMMER READING: Free Choice Reading as a Summer Reading Requirement


STUDENT CHOICE: Allowing Students Choice in Reading: Why I Don't Do Whole Class Novels


40 BOOK CHALLENGE: The 40 Book Challenge in my Classroom


ASSESSMENT: Assessment in Reading Workshop: 9 Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Independent Reading


THANKSGIVING:Thanksgiving Activity: Using YouTube and Google Search in English Language Arts


BOOK CLUBS: Book Clubs and Using the Public Library to Promote Student Choice


CLOSE READING: Close Reading of Short Stories: How to do it Digitally, Especially for The Holidays!


VALENTINE'S DAY: Making Valentine's Day Meaningful and Academic in Middle School E.L.A.


TEXT EVIDENCE: Finding and Using Text Evidence: Writing about Reading (No Fancy Acronyms Needed)


GRAPHIC NOVELS: Graphic Novels in Middle School: 9 Key Critical Thinking Skills of Focus


DIVERSE BOOKS: Diverse Books and Anti-Racism Resources for Students and Educators: A Huge Collection!


READ-ALOUDS: Read-Alouds in Middle School: How (and Why) to Use Them When You're Short on Time


MAIN IDEA: Main Idea Statements, NOT Topics: 6 Steps to Writing Main Idea Sentences


DYSTOPIAN UNIT: Dystopian Literature in 6th Grade: Opening Minds and Critical Thinking


MOOD VS. TONE: Mood vs. Tone in E.L.A.: Activities to Help Middle Schoolers


CHANGING NOVELS: Stop Using the Same Novels/Stories Every Year : 3 Reasons to Change it Up in E.L.A.


BANNED BOOKS: Using "Controversial" Texts: Why We Need Them and How to Use Them


SOCIAL ISSUES BOOKS: Social Issues Books for Middle School


INVESTIGATING CHARACTERIZATION: My First Unit in 7th Grade: Investigating Characterization


READING WORKSHOP: Reading Workshop in Middle School: 6 Reasons Why I Use It


HISTORICAL FICTION: Historical Fiction in Middle School: Making Connections and Deepening Understanding


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Writing Focus:


FANTASY WRITING: Fantasy Writing and the Importance of Imagination in Middle School


GRAMMAR / VOCAB.: Grammar and Vocabulary in Middle School Reading/Writing Workshop


MODELING WRITING: Write What You Expect Students to Write: Importance of Modeling Writing Pieces and Reading Responses


NARRATIVE WRITING: Narrative Writing in Response to Reading: Ditching the Personal Narrative


DIALOGUE AND ELABORATION: Dialogue and Elaboration: Using Comics to Encourage More Detail


BASIC ESSAY FORMAT: Essays in 6th Grade: A Basic Format that Elevates the Standard 5-Paragraph Structure


SHOW DON'T TELL: Show Don't Tell in Middle School: Elevating Narrative Writing


REALISTIC FICTION WRITING: Realistic Fiction Writing: Narratives with Meaning


LITERARY ANALYSIS: Literary Essay Writing: Comparing Stories with Author's Craft Focus (Test Prep)


PERSONAL NARRATIVE: Personal Narrative Writing in Middle School: Digging Deeper

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Digital Focus:


DIGITAL ELA: Going Digital in English Language Arts: An Overview


DIGITAL INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS: Digital Interactive Notebooks in English Language Arts (and the Slip in Slide Add-on)


SEESAW: Seesaw in Middle School: Safe Social Media


DISTANCE LEARNING: Collaborating when Distanced: My Routine for ELA During Remote/Hybrid Learning


CLASSTAG: Using Classtag to Communicate with Parents


HYBRID TEACHING: Hybrid Teaching: What's Working, What's Not, and What I'm Learning


GOOGLE SLIDES: Making the Most of Google Slides in E.L.A.: Organization, Productivity, and More

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Classroom Management:


BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT: Behavior Management in Middle School: 6 Components for a Peaceful Classroom


EVALUATIONS: The Importance of Teacher, Parent and Student-Self Evaluations using Google Forms


CLASSROOM THEME: 4 Reasons Why I Don't Have a Decorative Theme in my E.L.A. Classroom


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