Book Review: Fall Mixed Up and The Ghost Eye Tree

Fall lends itself so well to all kinds of writing. We celebrate lots of fun, not religious holidays that the kids are VERY invested in so it's easy to convince them to write about some of their favorite things. Two books we've read this fall that inspired some super interesting writing are Fall Mixed Up…

Lesson Plan: Global Goals, Opinion Writing

“In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.” This writing activity is based on the Global Goals that have been set out by the United Nations. Last week was Global…

Lesson Plan: No Fear Shakespeare

I used the No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novel to teach Romeo and Juliet to my Grade 8 class. I found this version to be accessible for all of my students - written with more common language, and with pictures. I started my unit with a fun exploration of Shakespeare, plays in general, Romeo and Juliet in particular and…