We The People – AFT Lobby Day

We the people are the legislative branch. We the people must be informed.  We the people must vote in our local, state, and federal elections. We the people must follow through to make our voices heard to our local, state, and federal representatives.  We owe it to the next generation to make sure that the … Continue reading We The People – AFT Lobby Day

Creating Book Reviews in Writers Workshop

As the final formal writing piece of the school year students wrote a book review on their book club book.  The school district I work for utilizes a curriculum that provides “boxed” reading and writing units that implement the workshop model of instruction, one of the units assigned to my grade level is a book … Continue reading Creating Book Reviews in Writers Workshop

Author Visits Bring Reading Alive

Fern Schumer Chapman, author, and her mother, Edith Westerfeld Schumer, pose for a photograph with some of the 7th Grade students. Photo Credit: Amy Hamernick https://twitter.com/AhamernickCJH In the seventh-grade social studies curriculum, students learn about World War II which grants a natural cross-curricular experience with fiction and nonfiction texts about the topic in language arts … Continue reading Author Visits Bring Reading Alive

Cultivating Student Choice in Reading with Book Clubs

“I love this” - an actual quote from a seventh-grade student as he met with his book club.  I told the student I would be quoting him; he smirked at me and said, “go ahead, this is going to be fun!”  My teacher heart was so full. Getting middle schoolers excited about reading is one … Continue reading Cultivating Student Choice in Reading with Book Clubs