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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping

Students work in pairs and groups as they complete fishbone maps that highlight main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text and then write summaries of content area texts.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

 

Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You

Students will find their inner poet laureate in this lesson that involves writing a poem in the style of Robert Frost.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 
 

 

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.

 
 

 

Alliteration in Headline Poems

Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.

 

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Write Alouds

Write Alouds

This strategy guide explains how to use write-aloud (also known as modeled writing) to teach effective writing strategies and improve students' independent writing ability.

 

Revision: How to Teach it, Learn it, Love it!

Revision: How to Teach it, Learn it, Love it!

This idea-packed web seminar, based on two of Barry Lane's books will send you back to the classroom with practical techniques and minilessons to show students how to love revision as much as professional writers do.

 

 

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Tisha Ortega

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Tisha Ortega | Teacher | Hartsburg, IL

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