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Tips, Ideas & a Giveaway to Sail into Summer!

One Final Exam Tip
As finals are on the horizon, one thing that I like to do with my students as we approach the English final exam is make review flashcards for my students in Microsoft Word/PowerPoint.  I take terms that they need to know for the final, and create box flash cards.  I usually give them about ten cards for each group, and I have the students complete the back of the flashcards from their notes.  I assign this as a homework assignment, and I will quiz my kids on the terms at the end of each week. The students are responsible for cutting out their own review cards, and they are a helpful tool for review.

Here are some pictures of some of the flashcards I create:

One Thing I Will Do Again Next Year-Interactive Notebooks!

For the first time this year, I incorporated Interactive Notebooks into my 7th and 8th grade English classrooms.  I wanted to bring some creativity and color into the Common Core curriculum, and I wanted my students to be engaged and interested, even though the curriculum was becoming harder and more rigorous.
If you have never tried Interactive Notebooks, you need to get on Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, and teacher-related websites, to see how wonderful, creative and engaging you can make your curriculum with these notebooks.  Interactive Notebooks is the art of taking notes and dittos, and making these items into more tactical, colorful and engaging pieces with foldables, creativity and color.
Here are some examples of my students' work: 
Pieces I did for To Kill a Mockingbird
Vocabulary Section of the Interactive Notebook

Here are some great resources to get you started on your Interactive Notebook journey!

What is an Interactive Notebook?
Interactive Notebook Ideas-Following My Heart to First, Blog
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4. Simplifying an Introduction-Introduction Map
4b. Mini-Lesson-Grabbers
4c. Mini-Lesson-Practicing Writing an Introduction Paragraph
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5c. Formulating Compound Sentences
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8. Writing a Conclusion-Step-by-Step
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