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


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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.


Browse Today!Books and More from NCTE 

The NCTE Publications Catalog is now available online!  View the digital version to explore the hundreds of titles for preK-college educators.


Adolescent Literacy and the Teaching of ReadingThe Principles in Practice imprint offers teachers concrete illustrations of effective classroom practices based in NCTE research briefs and policy statements.  The PIP imprint includes an Adolescent Literacy strand which discusses the research, links the research to an NCTE brief or policy statement, and then demonstrates how those principles come alive in practice.


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 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.


On Demand Web SeminarAlso, check out the On Demand Web seminar featuring Susan Groenke and Lisa Scherff on Differentiating Reading Instruction with a Whole-Class, Young Adult Novel



Feel Empowered

Common Core Standards

Fall Web Seminar SeriesHigh-Quality Professional Development on Your Desktop 
These LIVE Web seminars are part of a series focused on skills and teaching practices that are essential to successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  School leaders, coaches, and teachers will learn strategies for gearing up for the demands of the CCSS.  Join us this fall for one session or the entire series!

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

Check out these additional Common Core resources today!  


Renew Yourself 

Voices from the Middle

Voices from the MiddleTreat yourself to digital features of Voices from the Middle with additional Web-only content and podcasts featuring the issue's authors.  Members receive six issues of VM for only $25/year. Not a subscriber?  Subscribe today!  

Go Green!GO GREEN!  Make a long-term impact on the environment by receiving Voices from the Middle-Green today!


Annual Convention 

Click here for more informationJoin us for the Middle Level Get-Together and Middle Mosaic Session where you will 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 memorable Lemony Snicket.

Click here for registration informationStart planning your convention experience now by viewing the digital edition of the Convention Preview, the schedule of events, and these middle level events.

What does NCTE membership mean to you?  Consider this while Middle Level Section Chair, Jeffrey Golub, reflects on his NCTE involvement.

Jeffrey Golub




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