The Literary League Back to School Give-Away!


The Literary League, a group of exceptional secondary English Language Arts teachers, is hosting a Back to School Give-Away. Enter to win a choice of gift cards, middle school and high school ELA resource bundles, and shopping sprees to middle and high school ELA TPT stores.

By the time I grab my books and I give myself a look I'm at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by. It's alright’ cause I'm saved by The Literary League! That’s right, we are at it again! It’s one of the biggest back-to-school give-aways courtesy of some of your favorite ELA sellers. 

We’re teachers too, so we know that feeling of going back to school.  Cure those back to school blues by entering this HUGE give-away. Not only multiple prize packs, but also multiple winners!

The give-away will run Monday 8/31 to Monday 9/14. You’ll see some familiar and maybe even some new faces, so follow our stores and our social media accounts, and stay updated with what’s new! Winners will be announced Tuesday 9/15.


The Literary League, a group of exceptional secondary English Language Arts teachers, is hosting a Back to School Give-Away. Enter to win a choice of gift cards, middle school and high school ELA resource bundles, and shopping sprees to middle and high school ELA TPT stores.

Prize # 1: Gift Card of Choice
Win a $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers, Amazon, Staples or Target.

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Prize #2: Middle School Resources

Win all of the resources listed below for your middle school ELA classroom.
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Prize #3: High School Resources

Win all of the resources listed below for your high school ELA classroom.
Close Reading: Guide Your Students Through the Process
Interactive Notebook Bundle
Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion
Common Core Literature Bell Ringers for Secondary English
Found Poetry Packet
Introduction to Close Reading for Middle and High School - Model and Practice
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2
Fiction and Nonfiction Test Passages
Short Story Starters Task Cards 


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Prize # 4: Middle School TpT Store Shopping Spree 

Win a $10 shopping spree to one of the TpT Stores listed below.
2 Peas and a Dog
The Creative Classroom
Literary Sherri
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle
Darlene Anne
Fisher Reyna Education
Brain Waves Instruction
Stacey Lloyd
James Whitaker's Sophist Thoughts
Created by MrHughes
ELA Everyday

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Prize #5: High School TpT Store Shopping Spree  

Win a $10 shopping spree to one of the TpT Stores listed below.
Room 213
The Daring English Teacher
Nouvelle
Making Meaning with Melissa
Linda Jennifer
Brynn Allison
Juggling ELA

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How to Turn Social Media Addiction into Classroom Learning!




Historically, I have used Pinterest as a way to find new ideas for my Middle School classes.  Generally, I find an idea that I like, pin it, and then tweak it to suit my students.  

Now I have been thinking that I will use it to entice my social media addicted students into learning by creating boards for my students to use.  





What kinds of boards, you ask?  How about...



1.  A board for each unit topic where students will get links to appropriate sites for class assignments, projects, homework help, study materials and more!

Follow Mrs. Spangler in the Middle's board Learning Strategies Class on Pinterest.


2.  Collaborative boards for group projects.  Students can contribute to the project via a Pinterest board.  Since you can control who is allowed to contribute, you can keep it safe and even delete pins if necessary.

3.  Collaborative boards for homework assignments.  What if you set up a board for each class and then asked your students to find the best example of something like context clues on Pinterest with the added caveat that no there could be no duplications?  

First, it's a great way to work with the concept of inquiry.  

Next, if you look across those 6 boards and see a pattern emerging, you might have uncovered some important information about your students.  
  • For example, if you found that many of the pins were music related in let's say, your first-period class, then it might be a good idea to integrate more music into that period.
  • I also think it would be a great bell-ringer/ exit ticket to ask why each student chose his/her pin.  There might be something about that pin that really reaches someone!


4.  Collaborative boards for digital class work  (or homework) assignments that have been created somewhere on the world wide web or via an app that can be pinned to be turned in.
  • It might be fun to share this board with parents on a class website so they can see their childrens' work!



5.  A board of video clips that I plan show to the class.  That would definitely help me save time!  Absent students could access the videos from home and students who would like to see the video again to review can do so!


Follow Mrs. Spangler in the Middle's board Class Videos on Pinterest.



I think these boards can be very relevant and engaging to the students because they will have helped to create them!  

Plus, imagine how much they can get out of the boards all while still feeding their social media addiction!

Thanks for stopping by!



Follower Appreciation Giveaway!


I am incredibly thankful to the 500+ ladies and gentlemen who have chosen to follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I take it as an expression of faith in me and what I do as an ELA and SPED author and it means the world to me!

And to show my gratitude, I am happy to offer you the chance to win some Remarkable Resources from some Astounding Authors!


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Good Luck and thanks for stopping by!

Meet the Middle School Mob!


Today I am blogging at a new collaborative blog:


The Middle School Mob is a group of 16 teacher bloggers who have teamed up to bring you the very best information and resources related to Middle School!

Stop by and visit the Mob today - I have a little offer for you that you can't refuse... ;0)

Thanks for stopping by!

TpT Back to School Giveaway and Sale!

Back to School can be exciting - especially when there's a huge giveaway going on!

My contribution is included in the Middle School English prize but there are several other prize packs that you can enter to win!


See all the prize packs and enter to win by clicking {here}!

Now, just to hedge your bets on winning, you might want to check out the Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!  


Today is the last day!
You can save the full 28% on things like my 
and everything in between with the code BTS 15!

Good luck with the Giveaway and thanks for stopping by!

Top 3 pins for Back To School!



I teach in Florida and we go back to school this month!  Of course that means that I am planning for that big day so all my pins are focused on going Back to MIDDLE school!  :)


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I saw this pin and had a "eureka" moment!  
I have a hard time with getting enough time to complete closing activities in middle school but having something like this all ready to go for the SmartBoard or Doc Cam would do the trick!

I would tweak my tasks for the 2 minute countdown to look something like this:


I can imagine using a variation of this every day and maybe just saving it into a PowerPoint to project.




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I love the idea of having students create bulletin boards.  I am thinking something along the lines of having different teams of students responsible for various boards in some kind of rotation.  
It could even foster a bit of friendly competition!



Last, but not least, there is a brand new blog in town:


The Mob is a group of 16 teacher bloggers that have come together to share their love and knowledge of teaching Middle School.

TODAY is the Blog's Big Debut!  So naturally, there is a back to school giveaway!  

Visit the Middle School Mob to enter!

Now just in case your name isn't drawn out of the rafflecopter hat, you can still be a winner with the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale today and tomorrow!

You can find some super resources here


 and by visiting the other bloggers below!
  

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Thanks for stopping by!

Beat the First Day Frazzle!

It's Back to School time!  For teachers that means setting up classrooms, gathering supplies, and planning for the first day!

That's enough to make anyone feel frazzled!  So why not take one thing off your list and get your planning done now with help from the Literary League and the super Back to School Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers?!



All the teacher authors featured here have their stores on sale!  
Remember to use the code:  BTS15


Danielle Knight (Study All Knight)
Darlene Anne- ELA Buffet
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle
Created by MrHughes
The Classroom Sparrow
The Daring English Teacher
ELA Everyday
Juggling ELA
Nouvelle
Literary Sherri
Making Meaning with Melissa
2 Peas and a Dog
Secondary Solutions-Simply Novel
Addie Williams
Linda Jennifer
Fisher Reyna Education
The Creative Classroom
Stacey Lloyd
Room 213
Brynn Allison
Open Classroom
Perfetto Writing Room
Secondary Sara
Tracee Orman
James Whitaker
The Superhero Teacher
Created for Learning
Brain Waves Instruction


Everything in my store will be 28% off with the code!

And if I may make some recommendations, I have two Back to School resources in which you might be interested.  

The first one is a brand new, second edition for


This one has active games, stories, surveys and even an interactive notebook piece for a syllabus!  I am actually using these plans with my students this year and I guess that's why I am so fond of it.  :)

Of course, the first edition of Back to School Plans for Middle School has also served me well in my classes and I think it is also a good choice:


This comes with a BINGO board and a getting-to-know-you craftivity that would be great to display at open house!


My last recommendation is not *just* for Back to School but that's a good time to start:


          
Why I believe in this:   It makes scaffolded instruction easy by helping one teach the four parts that all essays must have with an easy to remember and motivating mnemonic.  

Plus, it's something you can use ALL year long!  You build the display as you teach each piece and part of an essay.  It comes with many graphic organizers and more mnemonics to help students remember key information.   Not only is it a great anchor chart system but it comes with a flipbook as an interactive notebook piece.  This could take your posting of critical information up a notch!

Good luck with the new school year!

Thanks so much for stopping by!