Episode 237: Get Your Students Actually Enjoying Writing with this FUN Activity - EB Academics

Episode 237: Get Your Students Actually Enjoying Writing with this FUN Activity

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On this episode of Teaching Middle School ELA, Caitlin and Jessica discuss a fun and engaging lesson called “The Case of the Stolen Pearls” that can help middle school students enjoy writing. The activity involves solving a mystery to figure out which teacher stole a pearl necklace using an evidence-based writing approach. They discuss the importance of teaching literary analysis as the foundation of every other writing style and share tips for improving student writing scores.

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  • [00:00:52] In this episode, Caitlin and Jessica welcome listeners and invite them to a free workshop on teaching literary analysis hosted by EB Academics this month. They then dive into the main focus of this episode:a fun activity to help students enjoy writing and improve their literary analysis skills.
  • [00:04:35] This engaging lesson involves a mystery called, “The Case of the Stolen Pearls” where students have to find out which teacher stole the pearls by analyzing evidence from a given text. The activity follows the EBW approach and includes writing and discussion. 
  • [00:09:17] This activity is available for free at ebacademics.com/pearls. Listeners can sign up for the free ELA PD series all about teaching literary analysis at ebteacher.com/writing.

The Case of the Missing Pearls

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Then, pick the date you’re going to teach it in your classroom, and sit back while you watch as your students show up to your classroom pumped about what the day holds…and gush about your class to their parents on the car ride home!

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