Improve proficiency in core language arts concepts with 24 classroom-ready activities that align with Common Core State Standards. By engaging students in meaningful language arts activities that relate to their lives, teachers can promote authentic writing in which students explore their personal thoughts and beliefs, resulting in richer work. Complete with step-by-step directions and student examples—and developed and tested in public and private classrooms with students of varying abilities—Building Strong Writers in Middle School helps students understand themselves and one another more deeply, contemplate how their writing can affect the larger world, and express themselves in literary forms. With writing now being required across the curriculum, teaching language arts at the middle school level is more important than ever. Digital content includes reproducible handouts.


“A timely, desperately needed ‘how-to’ book that incorporates creativity and the development of autonomy. Teachers may lament the lack of time and the inability to nurture creativity due to the pressure of standardized testing results; the authors have effectively countered those perceived obstacles.”—Jan DeLisle, gifted and talented coordinator, Lovejoy Independent School District, Texas, and TAGT Executive Board of Directors


“What a great resource! [It] can be purchased over the weekend and utilized in your classroom Monday morning. . . . A fun and creative way to build stronger writing skills within your students.”—Jim Ryan, coordinator of Gifted Services, Barberton City Schools


“Provide[s] teachers with the tools to personalize writing for their students in a way that builds confidence, engages thoughtful reflection, and results in written products that capture the inward feelings and personal experiences of young authors.”—Gifted Child Today


Building Strong Writers in Middle School is a strong resource for use at the middle level . . . it offers many practical strategies and helpful tools that teachers can readily use.”—Michael Postma, coordinator of High Potential Services and The Minnetonka Navigator Program, Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnesota


“This Common Core Standards aligned book is filled with ideas to stretch the minds of middle schoolers who will get to know themselves better as they also expand their imaginations through ingenious writing activities.”—Marcia DiJiosia, director of Advanced Studies, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), San Diego Unified School District


  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Book with Digital Content edition (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches

Building Strong Writers in Middle School


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