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Comment by Geoffrey Myers on January 26, 2010 at 10:51am
I joined the Middle School ning because a lot of Middle School teachers have posted a lot of interesting resources and discussions, that I hope/plan to use in my classroom. In addition, I hope to connect with more experienced teachers, in order to improve my teaching.
Comment by Pam Goble on January 21, 2010 at 2:19pm
Look up the Caudill awards in Illinois and there is a similar award for each state.
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 21, 2010 at 12:41pm
Are there any other online places people like to look for the coolest Middle School (not just literature) books on the market?
Comment by Pam Goble on January 21, 2010 at 12:33pm
A great way to learn about YA stuff is to visit Anderson's Books in Naperville. They give regular book talks on the newest tomes.
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 21, 2010 at 11:43am
Tamara & Siri,

Thank you so much for joining the MS group - this is a great crew that will be able to give you great ideas as you begin your teaching adventure:)

Tamara, I think you'll find that MS teachers do a lot of great high interest "YA reading" (check the Adolescent Lit group) and leave the crusty (even though I love Gatsby) canonical reading to the high school teachers.

Sometimes middle school teachers will do watered down Shakespeare or some of the easier Orwell, Steinbeck stuff but usually they have all the fun books :)

Comment by Tamara J. Fetzer on January 20, 2010 at 11:37pm
I am currently taking the Middle School Missions and Methods class to get an endorsement in teaching Middle School. I really enjoy interacting with middle school aged students. I just remember enjoy the material I read in high school better than what I read in middle school. Does anyone ever teach books like Jane Eyre or The Great Gatsby at the middle school level?
Comment by Siri Nelson on January 20, 2010 at 10:22pm
I am hoping to teach at the middle school level when I graduate. Right now I am doing my pre-teaching at a middle school, so hopefully I can gain some advice on teaching practices for middle school students and maybe begin trying some of them during my pre-teaching.
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 17, 2010 at 12:43pm
Hello everyone!

Some folks in the Graphic Novels group are looking for history related graphic novel suggestions...

If you have a hot minute, please check out...

Looking for recommendations: Comics for 9th grade Global Studies cl...

World War II in Comics (and vice-versa)

Thanks (in advance) for your ideas!
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 13, 2010 at 12:32pm
Hey Steve - You might also explain the theme/plot briefly so folks that don't know the book can suggest ideas as well! That will increase the odds of oddball feedback:)
Comment by Frank W. Baker on January 13, 2010 at 12:30pm
Steve, this site might be helpful

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