Effective Middle School Language Arts Teaching

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  1. daveo

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    I had taught 5th grade for 4 years and really felt like I was able to establish my own style of teaching and do well with it. I was recently moved from 5th to Jr. High 6th, 7th and 8th Language Arts. I love teaching the kids. I think my style really works. The problem is that I feel like I am very underwhelming with the ways that I teach both Reading and Writing/English.

    I am curious how other Lanuage Arts teachers teach Reading and Writing/English in Middle School. Thanks!

    Dave
     
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    What is it about your approach that you feel is overwhelming for the students?
     
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    I feel like I need more of a concrete structured approach to daily teaching. A template to follow
     
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    I typically have an opener (test prep question, proofreading exercise)
    Then we move into terms related to the reading. Right now it's Fiction, so we're working on Plot and Theme.
    Then, we do the reading.
    Then, we have a comprehension activity. Summarize, answer comprehension questions, etc.
    Then we analyze the story based on whatever theme we're discussing. I might have them complete a chart to find examples from the story, etc.
    Finally, we'll do a quickwrite exercise based on the topic of the story.

    All this will typically take 2 class periods.
     
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    I have my students for 100 minutes every day. My daily plan is usually pretty simple:
    10 minute mini-lesson (reading)
    30 minutes reading workshop (I do guided reading and conferences)
    10 minute mini-lesson (writing)
    30 minutes writing workshop (I do guided writing and conferences)
    Remaining 20 minutes could be: word work, sharing, read aloud, or an extension of any other component of my day.
     
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    MrsC, that sounds almost exactly how my day looks, except I move the word work time to between reading and writing to give the kids a short movement break.
     
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    I bounce that extra time around depending on what's happening in the school and the classroom. While I have the structure in place, I'm not tied to it and can be as flexible as I want to be. (So, when we get to an exciting place in our read-aloud, I can read for 45 minutes instead of 10 :lol:)
     
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    These are helpful!! I'm doing 80-minute ELA/R blocks this year! I will also have one Honors class!

    We have to do a "Bellringer" at the beginning as students enter the room!!!
     
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    We have to follow a framework-
    -Warm-up
    -Modeling
    -Guided practice
    -Independently work
    -Exit ticket
     
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    All great replies, thanks! Any good books on the subject of teaching both reading and writing?
     
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    Don't want to hijack, but MrsC, what are some of your favorite read alouds? I'm looking for new (appropriate) ideas.
     
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    I'll start a new thread.
     

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