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Middle Level Back to School Resources - Previous Revision

The school bells are ringing, classrooms are buzzing, and we're off on this year's adventure with a new group of students.  NCTE has the resources, lesson plans, and activities to support you now and throughout the year.

Check out these fresh ideas to feel empowered, and renew yourself as you head back to school!

NCTE CatalogLook for the NCTE 2011-2012 Catalog in the mail soon! 



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Lesson Plans

The ReadWriteThink website provides quality lesson plans, interactive student materials, web resources, and ELA standards to classroom teachers. 

Check out these examples of some middle level lesson plans with a focus on back to school and creating classroom community.


New Books from NCTE 

Humor Writing: Activities for the English ClassroomHumor Writing: Activities for the English Classroom
Bruce Goebel offers more than 150 activities you can use to help students develop writing skills in voice, word choice, style, and organization while exploring a variety of genres.

Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the ClassroomEngaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom
This collection, edited by Joseph O. Milner and Carol A. Pope, focuses on ten frequently taught American novels, both classic and contemporary, that can help promote student engagement.

Learning to Write for Readers: Using Brain-Based StrategiesLearning to Write for Readers: Using Brain-Based Strategies
This brain-based approach to writing instruction by John T. Crow will help you build from the tremendous storehouse of knowledge students already possess about language to help them learn what they need to know about writing.

Teaching Literacy for Love and Wisdom: Being the Book and Being the ChangeTeaching Literacy for Love and Wisdom: Being the Book and Being the Change
Jeffrey Wilhelm and Bruce Novak challenge business as usual in the language arts. They call for nothing short of a revolution in our understanding of the aims and methods of the English classroom, showing what English can do for democratic life, inside and outside of classrooms.

Teaching YA Lit through Differentiated InstructionTeaching YA Lit through Differentiated Instruction
Authors Susan L. Groenke and Lisa Scherff offer suggestions for incorporating YA lit into the school curriculum and help English teachers address the different reading needs and strengths adolescents bring to our classrooms.

Reading and Writing and TeensReading and Writing and Teens
Author Cathy Fleischer, an English professor and mother of teenagers, helps navigate through the sometimes overwhelming messages you hear about adolescents and literacy. 




Feel Empowered

Common Core Standards

Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: Grades 6-8Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: Grades 6-8

“No one knows as much about your students as you do . . . Your knowledge about your students guides the instructional choices you make, and it shapes your response to any mandate, including the Common Core State Standards.” 
Anne Gere, Core Standards Series Editor

This book reinforces a focus on student learning by demonstrating ways of addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in grades 6-8 while also adhering to NCTE principles of effective teaching.  

Virtual Conference RecordingsVirtual Conference recordings also available for Grades 6-8.  



Renew Yourself 

Annual Convention 

Click here for more informationWe welcome you to this year’s convention and offer you sessions and opportunities we think you’ll find engaging and enlightening. The Middle Level Get-Together and Middle Mosaic Session allows you to make friends and meet colleagues who are teaching at the same level and sharing your interests, issues, and instructional concerns. Be sure to attend the Middle Level Luncheon, where you will hear the marvelous and memorable poet, Billy Collins.

Click here for registration informationStart planning your convention experience now by viewing the digital edition of the Convention Preview!

Check out these sessions on key topics for middle level literacy educators:

Convention Sessions by Middle (6-8)


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