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The Literary League Back to School Giveaway

The Literary League, a group of exceptional secondary English Language Arts teachers, is hosting a Back to School Give-Away. Enter to win a choice of gift cards, middle school and high school ELA resource bundles, and shopping sprees to middle and high school ELA TPT stores.

By the time I grab my books and I give myself a look I'm at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by. It's alright’ cause I'm saved by The Literary League! That’s right, we are at it again! It’s one of the biggest back-to-school give-aways courtesy of some of your favorite ELA sellers. 

We’re teachers too, so we know that feeling of going back to school.  Cure those back to school blues by entering this HUGE give-away. Not only multiple prize packs, but also multiple winners!

The give-away will run Monday 8/31 to Monday 9/14. You’ll see some familiar and maybe even some new faces, so follow our stores and our social media accounts, and stay updated with what’s new! Winners will be announced Tuesday 9/15.

The Literary League, a group of exceptional secondary English Language Arts teachers, is hosting a Back to School Give-Away. Enter to win a choice of gift cards, middle school and high school ELA resource bundles, and shopping sprees to middle and high school ELA TPT stores.

Prize # 1: Gift Card of Choice
Win a $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers, Amazon, Staples or Target.

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Prize #2: Middle School Resources
Win all of the resources listed below for your middle school ELA classroom.
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Prize #3: High School Resources
Win all of the resources listed below for your high school ELA classroom.
Close Reading: Guide Your Students Through the Process
Interactive Notebook Bundle
Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion
Common Core Literature Bell Ringers for Secondary English
Found Poetry Packet
Introduction to Close Reading for Middle and High School - Model and Practice
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2
Fiction and Nonfiction Test Passages
Short Story Starters Task Cards 

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Prize # 4: Middle School TpT Store Shopping Spree 
Win a $10 shopping spree to one of the TpT Stores listed below.
2 Peas and a Dog
The Creative Classroom
Literary Sherri
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle
Darlene Anne
Fisher Reyna Education
Brain Waves Instruction
Stacey Lloyd
James Whitaker's Sophist Thoughts
Created by MrHughes
ELA Everyday

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Prize #5: High School TpT Store Shopping Spree  
Win a $10 shopping spree to one of the TpT Stores listed below.
Room 213
The Daring English Teacher
Making Meaning with Melissa
Linda Jennifer
Brynn Allison
Juggling ELA

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Super Secondary Science Giveaway

I wear many hats at my school which makes for busy and interesting weeks!  I teach ELA and Science and I love the variety I have in my day... I can go from a poetry lesson to a lesson on volcanoes to a lesson on climate change in just a few hours!

I've teamed up with some of the amazing secondary science sellers of TpT for a fun Super Secondary Science Giveaway!  Be sure to hop to the other great blogs to enter their contest too!

One of my favourite science topics to teach is Plate Tectonics - and the kids love it too!  I live in Vancouver, Canada and we are well aware of earthquakes and volcanoes.  We practice earthquake drills in class and spend hours talking about earthquake preparedness and earthquake safety.  My students also love volcanoes... they love my stories of seeing lava in Hawaii and love seeing the photos I've taken of volcanoes around the world. Living in the shadow of a volcano (Mt. Baker in Washington state) also makes volcanoes seem all the more real!  

I use many interactive activities to teach about Plate Tectonics! Read my blog post HERE about how I use Play-Dough as a final assessment!  I also use graphic organizers, flip books and fold out books - even with my senior students! They love the hands on nature of the activities! Check out a few of my favourites below.


Enter to WIN a $10 Shopping Spree in my TpT Store!  Click the Rafflecopter Link below to enter!

Be sure to hop on over to the other great Science Blogs!!

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Happy Back to School! 

Back to School Sale With the Literary Leauge!

Can you believe it's time to start thinking about Back to School!  I truly hope you've had a relaxing and restful summer holiday and you're ready to get back into the classroom recharged and ready for the new year!  Because... they're back... the students are back!!

 Be sure to pop by my TpT Store to save 28% off everything - including my popular bundles!  Be sure to check out my "just posted" bundle of Back to School Posters!


TeachersPayTeachers is having an EPIC BACK TO SCHOOL SALE and those of us in the Secondary ELA group THE LITERARY LEAGUE have teamed up!

Be sure to check out the other members of THE LITERARY LEAGUE participating in the TpT Back to School Sale on Aug. 3-4th!  Use promo code BTS15 to save up to 28%!!

Addie Williams Goes Back to School

I can't believe it's time to start thinking about Back to School!  I'm thrilled to be part of a group of Secondary ELA Teachers in The Literary League and can't wait for you to meet all of us in this Back to School BLOG HOP.

I hope you've had a restful and relaxing summer and were able to recharge your "teacher batteries" for the upcoming school year.  There's something I love about a new school year and I think it's the promise of possibility that lies before us!  A fresh start, a clean slate... I love it.

Here's a little bit more about me!

Speaking of meeting new people... meeting your new students at the start of the year can be daunting!  I hope I'm not the only one who has crazy back to school nightmares where I can't remember anyone's name.  One of my little tricks to help remember my students' names is to ask them to create name tags for their desk.  

I know... you're probably thinking it's really elementary to do something like this.  BUT... I think my kids like making them for a few reasons. First... it's not what they expect.  They are expecting to hear me rattle off the course outline and my expectations for the year.  Secondly, they love the chance to be a little creative.  I give them card stock, provide coloring pencils, magazines, scissors and glue.  I ask them to make their name tags representative of who they are.  Thirdly, it helps them learn each others' names as they don't always know everyone in the class.  It avoids having to awkwardly ask someone their name.  

I store the name tags in envelopes labeled with the block / class.  When a new class begins I can pull out the envelope, leave the name tags out on a desk and have students pick them up on their way in.  They also drop them off with me on their way out so that I can keep them for the next class.  

Grab this FREE Back to School Survey from my TpT shop to get to know your new students even more! 

Also be sure to follow the blog hop below! 
I am so lucky to be part of such an awesome and amazing group of ELA teachers!


Writing Folders in My Secondary Classroom

I decided to try something new in my ELA classes last year and I was so thrilled with how it worked out that I'm going to do it again this year!  After years of trying to organize students with binders that explode with paper and lost paper I knew I had to try something different.  

So... I gave each student in my 9th grade ELA classes a legal (long) sized manila folder for the year.  As part of the "getting to know you" activities I do with students at the start of the year I asked them to design a personal logo and personal motto.  They cut out and glued their logo and motto to the front of their folders - this made their folders easy to spot and gave them some ownership over their folders very early on. The logo activity is available as part of my Back To School Pack for Teens & Tweens.

I stored and kept their folders in my classroom - I didn't let them take them home or shove them in their backpacks.  This served two purposes: 1) The folders didn't get lost / destroyed 2) Students who were working in a support / resource room knew that they could come down to my room, grab their folder, work on things for a period and the resource teachers would ensure the folders were returned.  And... at the end of the year... not. a. single. folder had been lost!! #success

The folders were also fantastic resources at Parent-Teacher Night!  Students were excited to show their parents what they had been working on in class, parents were thrilled to see samples of their child's work and it gave us all an easy starting point for the discussion.

So... what did I put in the folders you ask?? Students kept a variety of reference tools in their folders throughout the year.  As we worked on different units they also kept their daily work in the folders.  At the end of the unit, we took out their notes / assignments and they transfered them to their binders.  By that point, I'd had a chance to easily assess their work and if got lost in their binders, it didn't really matter.   

Here are some things we kept in their folders ALL YEAR.  Some of things we glued in and others just sat in the folders.


The English Student's Guide Book to Writing, Research and Analysis from Room 213 was INVALUABLE and my students refereed to it throughout the year.  The tips, examples and instructions for things like using quotations, in-text citations and paragraphing were so helpful.  Most of my students had a goal to keep this over the summer and try to remember to use it next year in 10th grade. 

I had my students cut out and glue in their folders, a wonderful reference sheet for using Evidence Based Terminology which is FREE from Darlene Anne..  Another INVALUABLE resource - I saw my students refer to this list often when writing and responding to text.  I really noticed an improvement in their writing!

I also included a few other things throughout the year.  My students used and kept their Short Story Terms Dictionary throughout the year to reference literary terms.

They also used my FREE Figurative Language Reference Sheet throughout the year.

I can't wait to get started on them again this year.  I loved how organized the students were, how infrequently something was lost, the ownership my students took over them, and the fact that the kids actually used the resources I had provided them. 

Hope you have a great year!

Addie Williams's Looking Ahead Blog Hop

Can you believe another year is over and done??!?! Time seems to fly by so quickly!! Although I still have 3 more weeks of school, I know that many (most) of you are already done! I'm so happy to be linking up on this Secondary ELA Blog Hop hosted by
The Literary Maven!

Looking over my disorganized desk and around my cluttered classroom I have already started thinking of next year and all the things I would like to do a little differently.  Clearly... I need to get more organized... the piles of papers and projects is looking a little chaotic.  But... I say this every year and nothing changes.

Here's what did work really well for me this year (clearly, not being organized)...

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I made a point of really trying to connect with some of my most challenging students.  I have a 9th grade ELA class this year... and I have 27 boys and 3 girls! You can only imagine the smell in the afternoon when the boys have PE before my class. I don't know what's worse - the smell of sweaty 15 year old boys or the smell of AXE deodorant spray?!?  

In the first few days of class it quickly became clear who the trouble-makers where going to be - first by their behaviour and second by the pitied looks I got from colleagues as they looked over my class list.  
Determined not to let four students ruin it for everyone, I decided to devote extra time to connecting with them.  I made a point to chat with them EVERY class even if it was for just a few minutes. I had to consciously think of it... every class.  I asked them about their hobbies and interests at first and then started to delve deeper into their home lives.  I was amazed at how quickly I got them on my side... and how much they were willing to share.  Although they certainly weren't "perfectly behaved" during the year... I managed to win them over.  They read the novel, they share with the class, they do their homework, they make us laugh, they say hello to me in the halls...and for the most part, only frustrated me a few times.  Once I had those four "trouble makers" on my side... I knew I'd get everyone else.  So despite my initial dread at seeing my class list, I am going to be sad to say goodbye in a few weeks.


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Now before you all start thinking I only focus on the "trouble makers" I do spend time getting to know all my students at the start of the year!  I like to invest time in building community and building connections between my students and with me.   So I build it into the lessons for the first few weeks.   I've included 12 different activities to use at the start of the year in my Back to School Bundle  My students love completing some of these activities!

Still reading??? Click HERE to grab a FREE Back to School Student Survey - lots of fun questions to get to know your students!

Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers I've teamed up with for this blog hop! Check out the links below for more awesome tips and ideas!

Summer Fun - What This Teacher Does to RELAX

Thanks to ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures for hosting another great Secondary Smorgasboard Blog Hop - I always love reading everyone's posts!  

My Summer Plans!

We're Hittin' the Road - I happen to be married to the world's most organized man... he starts planning our summer adventures in the fall!  In fact this summer's vacation plans have been booked since early January!  He also does a ton of research into where we're going, what we can do, restaurants to check out... I basically pack my bags and just make sure I'm ready on time!  Our "big" trip this summer is to California - one of our favourite destinations!!  We're flying down and then driving Hwy 101 along the coast! Can't wait!! 

Vineyards of BC's Wine Region.

 We've also got some smaller weekend trips planned to some local get away spots along Vancouver's gorgeous coastline and a trip up to British Columbia's wine country for a little relaxing!  Here's a pic from the B&B we stayed at on our last trip there... views of the lake were wonderful!  We had a very relaxing week there biking, hiking and wine tasting - can't wait to go again.

Hiking, Biking, Adventuring - I'm so lucky to live in Vancouver! We're steps from the beach and a few minutes drive to the mountains... there's never nothing to do.  We love to hike and bike the Coast Mtns. and enjoy all that greater Vancouver has to offer. As well, the city has a fantastic sea wall that goes around the entire coastline for over 22km - and it's beautiful.  We separate lanes for walking and biking it's a buzz of activity... and I LOVE it!!  

English Bay, Vancouver, BC

Reading, Relaxing, Writing, Relaxing and Gardening - can't wait to catch up on some summer reading, create some new TpT products, plan for my classes next year,  and spend some time in the garden!  I'm also going to plunk myself on a beach, with a book, as often as I can!

What about you? What are your big summer plans?!

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