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Jessica Pilgreen
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English Teacher & Loving It!
English Teacher & Loving It!

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Viewing Like a Writer: The Art of the Week
The Common Core State Standards ask students to closely examine multiple types of texts. This includes informational articles and excerpts from literary works, but it can also include visual texts, such as paintings, sculptures, charts, graphs, or infograph...

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Mini-Lessons with Mega-Information
If you're an English teacher or Media Specialist, you probably already know who John Green is. He's the edgy author of books (some of which have recently been adapted for the big screen) such as Paper Towns , The Fault in Our Stars , and Looking for Alaska ...

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Interactive Grammar: How I Use Writing Brushstrokes in My Classroom
For me, teaching grammar is a struggle. I know that my students need to know some of the basics if I want them to become better writers, writers who can manipulate clauses and phrases to produce different effects. But I also know that teaching "grammar for ...

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PIC LITS: Interactive Writing & Grammar
One of my absolute favorite websites for creating Language Arts materials is PicLits (Picture  + Literature = PicLit). I'm always trying to emphasize the visual aspects of writing with my students, and this website is a wonderful merging of photography and ...

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TURN YOUR QUIZLET SETS INTO PUZZLES
Today's post is a screencast tutorial on how to use the website puzzle-maker.com to turn all of your Quizlet flashcard sets into crossword puzzles and word searches. I use this website all the time to create review packets for my students, especially during...

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Quizlet: Studying & Differentiation Made Easy
I love QUIZLET ! You love Quizlet! We all love Quizlet! But I'm surprised to find that some teachers (and students) are not aware of all of the amazing features that Quizlet offers. This year, I don't think that I would have survived without Quizlet. It has...

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BANISH BORING SENTENCES! My Favorite Grammar Exercise
Sometimes I think of grammar as a "necessary evil." It's typically not fun to teach, mostly because students would rather watch paint dry than identify nouns and verbs. I remember spending countless hour in seventh grade diagramming sentences on the board. ...

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BOOST PARENT CONTACT WITH REMIND
Remind.com's landing page (as of this posting) One of my very favorite online tools in Remind.com . I discovered Remind a couple of years ago when I was looking for ways to increase my parent contact. As a secondary teacher with 100-150 students each year, ...

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BLOOM'S INVERTED TAXONOMY On my Me and My Laptop blog, my most popular post by far was my original visual of Bloom's Taxonomy, with the HOTS (higher order thinking skills) on top in warm tones, and the LOTS (lower order thinking skills) on the bottom in coo...

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