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How to Motivate Reluctant Middle-School Readers

How to Motivate Reluctant Middle-School Readers

Have you ever faced a sea of disinterested middle-school faces after announcing the next English Language Arts book assignment? Or been greeted in class with a grumbly chorus of: “Aww, why do we have to read another book?” Many ELA…

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How to Reduce Class Anxiety About the New Standardized Tests

How to Reduce Class Anxiety About the New Standardized Tests

Stomachaches, absences, requests to be excused to the bathroom. Student test anxiety shows up in these ways and others in the classroom, and new standardized tests may be to blame, according to a 2013 article in The Washington Post.  As…

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Analyzing Evidence, Character and Plot in ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Analyzing Evidence, Character and Plot in ‘Alice in Wonderland’

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” In Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvy Alice in Wonderland, the confused young heroine enters a mixed-up world where she’s confronted with frightening authority figures and puzzling tasks. At first she’s terrified,…

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Celebrate Tolkien Day All Spring Break Long

Celebrate Tolkien Day All Spring Break Long

Alasse merendenna i Carmo! That loosely means “Happy Tolkien Day!” in elvish, a language created by author J.R.R. Tolkien in his beloved Lord of the Rings novels. Today, March 25th, is Tolkien Reading Day, a special date chosen to celebrate…

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4 Middle School St. Patrick’s Day Math Activities

4 Middle School St. Patrick’s Day Math Activities

Need some St. Patrick’s Day math activities for your middle-school students? Are most things online a little too precious for your pre-teens? Well, you needn’t go hunting for leprechauns, because StraightAce eLearning has rounded up 4 free Irish-themed math worksheets…

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