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Darlene Anne
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Surviving and thriving in the English classroom.
Surviving and thriving in the English classroom.

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Complete Catalog of ELA Escape Room Resources
I felt like I found the Holy Grail for teachers when I used an escape room in my class for the first time. After all, doesn't every teacher want instant classroom engagement, just by taking advantage of an innate characteristic of every middle school studen...
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Promoting Movement in the Secondary Classroom
Our new middle school ELA chairperson was clearly not familiar with middles grade kids. "They certainly are...wiggly... aren't they?" Then his eyes widened in mock horror as he leaned over to whisper, "And they pass quite a lot of gas." Yep. My middle schoo...
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11 Escape Room Benefits, According to Kids
Most of my students made it out of the forest alive. Whew. 😉 The kids were totally immersed in their escape room activity. They had just escaped the forest and were chomping at the bit to share their experiences. So we charted advice to our future selves a...
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Best Advice for Writing Teachers? Use Mini-Lessons
Let's imagine that you're stranded at sea in a tiny rowboat. The weight of all the writing instruction strategies you've got up your sleeve are weighing the boat down, so you've got to throw them all overboard except for ONE. Which one will you keep? I'm sa...
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Writer's Workshop in Middle School
One of the most frequently asked questions teachers ask me is How does Writer's Workshop work in a middle school class? Middle school ELA teachers only have so much time in which we must cover a lot of material. I only see my students for 42 minutes a day. ...
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Scary Short Stories for Middle School Students
Do you have reluctant readers who insist they've never enjoyed ANY books or stories they've read in school? Would you like a way to draw those haters in and prove them wrong? Dim the lights, dig deep for your best Bella Lugosi-voice and dive into a juicy, h...
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5 Simple Steps for Teaching Theme
If you have been struggling to teach theme, you are not alone, teacher friend. Typically, my students think the theme is a one-word topic. Or worse, they think the cliche,   you can't judge a book by its cover,  is the theme of every single book, story, poe...
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Want to Have an Outstanding School Year? Simple Tricks to Use the First Week
I wish I could say that the words "back to school" make me excited enough to wave some pom-poms. But I'd be lying through my teeth if I said that. The truth is, prior to the first day of school, I'm filled with fear and trepidations, resulting in terrible n...
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That "Poetry Sharing Thing"
My favorite holiday is here! It doesn't require battling crowds at the mall to shop. And it doesn't even require cooking a big meal for finicky family members. The only thing you have to do is share your favorite poem! Here's a rhyme to describe it: Easy pe...
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escape
I was completely unglued. If you're a middle school teacher like me, you know it takes an awful lot to rattle us. I mean, we can handle pretty much anything. Right? But a zombie apocalypse? Nope. Cannot handle it. The shrieking walkers on the other side of ...
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