Friday, December 11, 2015

The Literary League 12 Days of Giving, Freebie Round-Up & Sale

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate.

Thanks so much for the overwhelming response to the 12 Days of Giving hosted by the Literary League!  

To celebrate the season and our favorite fellow teachers (that’s you!), we’re all having a sale in our TpT shops today, Saturday, December 12th and tomorrow, Sunday, December 13th.  That’s right!  Pop over to each of our shops and you’ll find all of our resources at 20% off!

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate.

Oh, and if you haven't entered for a chance to win the Teachers Pay Teacher gift card, you can do so below. Today is the last day to enter!

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Just in case you missed one of the featured freebies, click the links below.

The Creative Classroom - Two Column Notes Organizer
Perfetto Writing Room - SteadfastTin Soldier
Literary Sherri - Winter Poems - Poetry Analysis
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle - Christmas Zap Game
The Classroom Sparrow - Holiday Essay Outline
2 Peas and a Dog - Christmas Writing Prompts
Brain Waves Instruction - Endof Year Reflection and Infographic
The Daring English Teacher - WinterThemed Grammar Worksheets

From all of us Literary Leaguers, wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Literary League Kicks Off 12 Days of Giving for Secondary ELA Teachers,.

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate. Enter December 1st - December 12th.

Literary Leaguers are in the holiday spirit and we’re hosting 
12 Days of Giving!

We’re super excited to share some of our favorite freebies (both seasonal and all-year-round resources) with you and give you the chance to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate!  The 12 Days of Giving runs Tuesday, December 1st – Saturday, December 12th.

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate. Enter December 1st - December 12th.

Here’s how it works…
Day 1 of Giving:  Enter to win the Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate at any of the participating Literary Leaguers’ blogs.

Days 2-11 of Giving:  Stop by each of these blogs for links to favorite English Language Arts freebies.  Hint:  Follow each of the blogs via email or Bloglovin' so that you don't miss out on the updates. You can even get the Bloglovin' app for your phone and read all your favorite bloggers in one feed!

Day 9 - Novelle

We have a feeling that you’ll love the seasonal and all-year-round resources! 

Day 12 of Giving:  We have something fun in the works for you on the 12th Day of Giving! Stop back at any of the participating blogs on December 12th to find out what we have in store for you!

Get started...

Enter to win the Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate below.   The winner will be notified on December 13th.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Save The Season! A few of the Hardest Workin' Teacher Authors Help YOU!

A LOT of Things Thwart Your Ability to Teach and Plan During the Winter Months.

Between  Thanksgiving and New Year's, the assemblies, pageants, half days, vacations, and expectations for you to GET THINGS done despite a schedule that looks like Swiss cheese.....

                                             LET ME ASK YOU THIS, is it a wee bit stressful?

And what about the students, hmmm? Are they as ON TASK as you need or want them to be?

Among the kid who gets to go to Bali and insists on telling everyone about it every chance he gets, a handful of others who are talking about what they want as gifts, and the rest of them staring out the window because they are WISHING flakes to appear so they can go home....I guess we can agree that the answer to this one, probably they are not as on task as you want them to be.

But What about you? Are you not guilty as well? Do you feel like this? And perhaps look this?

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Maybe, in addition to a dwindling schedule and an ever increasing number of requirements, you also have to go shopping and join the HORDES of ANGRY CONSUMERS?

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And then there's that FAMILY GET-TOGETHER, which is not at all stressful....

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SO NOW that THAT is settled... YOU MIGHT need some help getting from November through February, right?

PWR (that's ME!) and some of the finest teacher-sellers anywhere, SUGGEST

1. A Strong and organized lesson plan. This always cuts down on student management issues. During this time of year, you can't blame yourself or the students when they don't want to pay attention. They know they have time off to look forward to. However, a strong and rigorous plan with assessment funnels that energy, keeping students busy and focused until the end.

2. The plan should be fun and topical. In addition to be thoughtfully constructed to fill the necessary time, the more topical it is, the more likely students are to attend to the activity. Whether the work is analysis, research, writing, a project, (Or fill in the blanks), students seem more on board with an activity that related to the season, and one that ends with a fun closure or culminating "graded" activity on the final day.

3. It should require LESS planning than usual from you. This is essential during a period of the school year that, if it is to be believed, is even more over-scheduled and hectic than usual.  You need all the help you can get. Use the pre-planned activities and lessons you have or see the ones we have specially chosen for you, then, use them every year. Some of the ones we have below are FREE but all are reasonably priced. 

CLICK on ALL or ANY to learn more....Have fun, and enjoy today and the rest of holiday rush!  Special Thanks to Brynn Allison the Literary Maven, Dr. Ellen Weber, Literary Sherri, Brain Waves Instruction, and Secondary Sara!  
See how these resources can make YOUR SEASON BRIGHTER! 

Winter Holidays Common Core Research Presentation Project    Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Clause: Interactive Lesson Nonfiction Close Reading - Will Your New Year's Resolutions Last?

  The Hanukkah Master Activity Pack with Common Core Standar   Writing Task Cards: December  Christmas Break Activities, Christmas Break Project, Holid

The Gift of the Magi: Short Story Literary Analysis Unit  New Year’s Writing for Teens: Choice Menu with 40 Prompts      Magi Gifts and Yours - Holiday Story and Writing

End of the Year Activity - Personal Reflection and Infographic       Nonfiction Close Reading - The Holidays: A Bit More GivingFREEBIE - Steadfast Tin Soldier. Essay Samples for Critica

10 Brainy Gifts to Give for FREE

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Grateful for Great Educators, and Great Freebies!

Marybeth at Brain Waves Instruction and Literary Sherri have done it again! 

DONE WHAT, you say? 

Why, gathered together an entire "near battalion"  of amazing, passionate, gifted and enthusiastic educators for your benefit, just in time for the Thanksgiving Season. Do you look like this? 

Well, if you don't, maybe I'm not explaining myself clearly enough!    

Sherri and Marybeth compiled TWO "Thanks & Giving" eBooks designed especially for Middle School ELA teachers.  Each book consecutively features a one-page introduction on the teacher-author, for example, what the person is grateful for. As befits the season, each Author Page is then followed by a specially created sheet, for you and your students, to be used as soon as you download! Each book features 25 teacher-authors, and 50 pages in all.  

So what is this "sheet" that I am getting? 
What that sheet is may vary according to the teacher-author! It might be a student graphic organizer, a quiz, a game, a worksheet, a helpful skills reminder, or something useful for the teacher, etc.

You have the opportunity to learn about the teacher sellers, and receive a free gift from each one.  

In total, each book is filled with 52 'Thanks' and 'Giving' pages! Are you feeling grateful yet? By all means visit Literary Sherri 's store, and Marybeth over at Brain Waves Instruction. Please, say thank you! After all, it is a "Thanks and Giving" eBook, is it not?  They make the magic happen!
And you're in a for a real treat, too, since all authors name a person and resource at TpT, right now, that they find truly exceptional. 

So How Do I  Start Downloading this great free stuff? 

Do you teach Grade 6, 7, or 8? 

Features so many wonderful activities for Grades 6 - 8. Inside you'll find a freebie by me (that's yours truly!)

And remember, once you download....say a big thank you to Sherri and Marybeth! It is, after all, Thanksgiving.