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Language Arts Resources for Middle School Educators

JR "Teacher"
The list author says: "The following books have helped me immensely in my first three years as a middle school teacher. These are the resources that I refer to constantly for lessons, ideas and tips. I have found it hard to find good books that specifically address middle school education, so these are the titles I've garnered after much searching and reading. I hope you enjoy!"
Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher
Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher
"This book is humorous and full of practical classroom tips!  Wormelli has twenty years of teaching experience, and this book is a perfect balance of theory and real-world examples.  My copy is covered in highlighting and sticky notes.  I found the sections on "Active Learning" and “Games in the Classroom” particularly engaging.  The activities went over very well with my eighth graders."
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
"I do not exaggerate when I say that this book transformed my teaching.  Gallagher makes a compelling argument that the way reading is taught in most schools (taking a novel and "chopping it up" for dozens of skills-based lessons) is killing our students' love of reading.  My staff read this for our book club my second year, and we made immediate changes to our language arts curriculum."
Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop
Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop
"Jeff Anderson is another excellent author on middle school teaching.  This book filled a particular need I had this year: How do I teach important grammar and mechanics concepts in an interactive, hands-on way?  The first half of the book explains the teaching philosophy behind the lessons; the second half of the book outlines specific grammar lessons using mentor texts.  Highly recommended."
The Art of Teaching Writing
The Art of Teaching Writing
"When I read this book in college, it framed my early teaching philosophies on teaching writing. I have since read it for a second time and parts of the book still move me to tears. Lucy Calkins is the authority on writers' workshop design and outlines how to set up and run an effective workshop, but it is her PASSION for teaching (and writing) that inspires me.  She speaks to the teacher's heart."
The Yo Momma Vocabulary Builder
The Yo Momma Vocabulary Builder
"This hilarious little treasure uses "Yo Mamma" jokes and pop culture references to teach SAT vocabulary words ("Yo Mamma's breath is so *putrid* when she yawns her teeth duck!").  I used it with my advanced eigth grade English class and they ate it up!  Most of the jokes are innocent, but I would recommend this one for grades eight and up."