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Hi! I'm new to junior high (I taught elementary last year) and I'm still trying to figure things out. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good books for me to read as a teacher to learn more about what works in middle school. I've already had a few teachers recommend In the Middle by Nancie Atwell, but I'm looking for more books. Particularly in in language arts!


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I teach 6th now, but I've taught 8th and 7th. Are you looking for curriculum books, class management, etc?

You could try "Teacher Under Construction--things I wish I'd known."

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Thanks! I'm mostly looking for books on good strategies and techniques. A lot of the things I know, I'm worried are too "childish" or "low" for this age group. My main focus in class is language arts, so I'm looking for good books about teaching middle school students how to read for comprehension and meaning, develop thoughts, running a middle school classroom reading program, etc.
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Cris Tovani, Laura Robb, Jeff Anderson and Kelly Gallagher are great ones. Some of these dealing w writing too.
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Nancie Atwell's The Reading Zone and The Book Whisperer (can't remember author off the top of my head) have had the most impact on me.


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Lots of good recommendations above.
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For reading - Notice and Note and anything by Laura Robb. They are super practical and hands on kind of titles

Writing: Anything by Jeff Anderson - but especially 10 things every writer needs - it is chock FULL of good stuff. I use a lot of Barry Lane - He is goofy in a not necessarily baby way, and Nancie Atwell.

Also - really look at the writingfix.org It is an amazing website FULL of lesson plans and ideas by some really talented middle school teachers.

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I swear by

1. Anything by Kelly Gallagher
2. The Book Whisperer
3. Anything by Jeff Anderson
4. Notice and Note
5. Words, Words, Words by Janet Allen
6. Anything by Tanny McGregor
7. Anything by Cris Tovani
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Texts and lessons for content area reading

And

Texts and lessons for teaching literature

Both are great because they come with both reading selections and step by step lessons. Well done, too. Aligned with Common Core.


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Jennstuff has it right:
Writing: Anything by Jeff Anderson - but especially 10 things every writer needs - it is chock FULL of good stuff.
You could start doing things in his book TODAY - for example - POWER WRITING - my kids LOVED it!!!
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Nothing is too childish for this age if you present it correctly.

Three books you must read:
1. The Essential 55
2. Teach like a PIRATE
3. Everything Bad is Good for You

No theory, no teacher-ese, just great books that upend everything that we learn in our ridiculous ivory tower education courses.

And then you can read one of those ivory tower books:
4. The Global Achievement Gap


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