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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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E-pals Around the World

With e-pals, students develop real-life writing and social experiences, learn the format of a friendly letter and parts of an e-mail message, and discover other cultures, languages, and geographic areas.

 

Student Interactives

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

 

A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

What's that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA) using "The Tell-Tale Heart," make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry

Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Finding the Artist Within: Creating and Reading Visual Texts in the English Language Arts Classroom

Finding the Artist Within: Creating and Reading Visual Texts in the English Language Arts Classroom

Discover ways to integrate visual arts and technology in your English language arts classroom.

 

Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts

Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts

John Golden offers middle and high school teachers a practical guide for using documentary film in the classroom to improve students' reading, writing, and thinking skills.

 

 

Community Stories  

Tisha Ortega

Finding the "Write" on ReadWriteThink

Tisha Ortega | Teacher | Hartsburg, IL

I have been a Spanish teacher for almost 20 years, and I had always taught at large, urban schools