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Thursday, April 19 (A) - Friday, April 20 (B): FSA Reading Test and Introduce The Outsiders novel


  • The FSA Reading is a two-session test. Session 1 takes place on Thursday, April 19 and Seassion 2 takes place on Friday, April 20.
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A gigantic pyramid scheme

It was the opening sentence of an Opinion piece in last week’s Philadelphia Inquirer that first caught my eye:

Ask students what year Columbus sailed the ocean blue and they’ll likely respond with “1492!”

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Your Audience

Here at the Writing Center, we are happy to provide another pair of eyes for your papers and assignments. We can serve as the first audience that reads your written ideas. 493 more words


They sit at the table before me, these two boys, with their books open.

The book’s too hard for them. I know this. But they’re fifth-graders now, having been in intervention groups since first grade, and this is a book they really want to read.  1,060 more words

Fran Haley

Motivation: Friday Field Trips, The Newsela Challenge and The Grammar Challenge

Given that motivation is cited as one of the keys (along with aptitude) to language learning, I’ve been thinking a lot about student motivation and buy-in in connection with developing and teaching legal English curriculum to LLM students. 1,091 more words


Why you should try Prediction Guides

An essential (but sometimes overlooked) aspect of unit planning is determining the background knowledge of the students in the class. Equipped with an understanding of students’ background knowledge, teachers can design learning experiences to meet the needs of the students. 357 more words

11th ELA CP Periods 1A, 4A, and 4B: Learning Agenda for August 15 and 16, 2017--Introduction to the Beginnings of American Literature

Essential Questions

  • What was the purpose and audience of Native American origin stories and oral traditions?
  •  How we can we use textual evidence to support our answers when responding to literature…
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1st Semester Fall 2017