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The Westing Game Lesson Plans

March 15, 2019 8 min read

Jessica here with you today to talk all about my The Westing Game Lesson Plans! Each year when I ask my students what the best assignment or unit was in Literature class, the majority of them identify our novel unit for The…

Romeo and Juliet Classroom Transformation

February 20, 2019 7 min read

Classroom transformations are everywhere in education right now, and rightfully so. They are incredibly fun and get students super engaged right from the moment they walk into your classroom! So when Romeo and Juliet’s wedding was approaching in our reading…

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  • There are few things I love as much as teaching literary analysis! My kids have an in-class essay tomorrow, and these posters outline the exact framework they should follow 💕 If you’re in the FB group that @doccopteaching and I started, this is a free file in there! If not, DM me, and I’ll send you the link to join! 😘
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  • Loving this collection of Sarah Dessen books from @elaclassroom ! Have you read any / do you love them? Hope you guys are having a great weekend! Love you all! 😘
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