Reading

Simplifying Reading Homework

When I first started teaching, reading homework was the bane of my existence. I spent countless hours pulling worksheets that matched what we were learning, and using a good portion of my copy allowance. My fifth year teaching, I moved into a...

Teaching Figurative Language Lesson 4th, 5th, 6th

Teaching Figurative Language with Mentor Text

I love teaching reading, and figurative language is one of my favorite standards to cover. It’s not as easy to teach as it used to be, with new standards and testing requirements. Unfortunately, with the pressure of testing and rigor, reading...

How I Turned My Students into Readers

I began teaching language arts exclusively two years ago. At the time, I imagined my classroom as one filled with students that loved to read. That was not the case. What came to me was a group of students that would do strange things like pretend...

mentor text list for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, informational text and literature!

Mentor Text List for Common Core Reading

Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. You don’t have to buy anything, but if you do, it helps this blog for no extra cost to you! Thanks for your support! When the Common Core State Standards went live, a lot of teachers were seriously...