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Reading Strategies: Posters for Middle School and High School (that aren’t cheesy!)

One thing I always struggled with in the classroom was finding posters that weren’t too young for my kids.  There are so many resources out there for elementary teachers.  For middle school teachers? Not so much.  Thank goodness my husband is a graphic artist, right?

We made up these strategy posters a few years ago, and I absolutely loved how clean and nice they looked on the wall.  I went for a homey, interior design look in my room, so these helped.

 

 

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I don’t use them anymore (more into the READ posters now, of course!), and I love to share.  I thought it would be a shame for these to go to waste.  They print up nicely on 11×17 paper.  I went to the office store, and I think it cost me like 2 bucks a piece to print them.

I couldn’t figure out how to link the file right to the image, so click below for the PDFs.

Enjoy!  I hope you like them!

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Freebie Friday! Reader’s Workshop Minilessons!

Happy Friday!

A couple of years ago, I compiled a number of sources to come up with a minilesson PowerPoint that I knew would last for weeks. I did NOT present this entire PowerPoint in one day. I used a couple of slides each day for weeks.

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In order to really understand this PowerPoint, you need to watch Shrek. I know, I know… but really! Shrek is an awesome point of reference for pretty much any literary device you can possibly think of. When I started teaching, I could count on the fact that everyone had seen it. Later on? Not so much! So… I showed Shrek. Early in the year. It was great! For the rest of the year, we all had a common point of reference when talking about literary elements and devices. So, these slides all refer back to Shrek.

It worked. Really. The kids totally, totally got it. Trust me. 🙂

Reader’s Workshop Minilessons

Have a great weekend! Check back next week for another Freebie Friday!

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