ELA Everyday Goes Back to School

I am so excited to join an amazing group of secondary ELA teachers aka "The Literacy League" to share some great back to school information. Not only will I tell you about my absolute favorite novel to read with my class, but I will share an awesome get to know you activity as a freebie! :)
Let me introduce myself first for any newbies to my blog... 
I'm an 8th grade ELA teacher in the great state of Texas... Yeehaw!
(I have to admit that Texas almost feels like its own country.  It takes forever to get out of our state or to even go from one side to the other.)  I am going into my 11th year of teaching and have taught a variety of grades (from 2nd-5th & 8th).  I am so lucky to have found my perfect and hopefully forever fit in 8th grade last year.  8th graders are a interesting group, but keep me on my toes.

I graduated from Baylor University Back in December 2004.  I went to school for Education with a focus on reading.  I am so glad that I have been able to use what I learned way back when and apply it in my classroom. Sic em Bears!

My absolute favorite novel that I taught last year in 8th grade had to be Freak the Mighty.  It was amazing the amount of depth I could have in my conversations with the kids.  Characterization, theme, and the progression of the plot were topics we often talked about.  When we would be talking about those topics later in the year, I could easily refer to what we had discussed while reading Freak the Mighty and the kids would remember.  Also, the life lessons are countless that can be taught through the novel are limitless.  I even have my tough boys showing empathy towards the main characters.
I used these 2 products to help while teaching and discussing the novel with my students:
Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick: Interactive Noteboo   &   Fifth Grade Reading Unit - Freak the Mighty
Last but not least- my favorite get to know you activity  for back to school.  I love the game 2 truths 1 lie.  Since I teach in a small town, I usually know a little about my students before I have them in class.  This activity makes it so that I get to know a few unknown facts about that.  Basically, you have the students write down 3 random facts about themselves.  2 are true and 1 is a lie.  They like to try and make the facts and lie a little tricky to throw off their peers and myself.  Click on the picture to download your free copy that can only be found here.
2 truths & 1 Lie: Back to School Get to know you Activity

Head over to the other blogs for some great back to school ideas!



  1. I love Freak the Mighty too, but that's probably because I teach SPED students. I think I may just have to read this with my students during this coming school year!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  2. Thanks, Sandy! I am definitely going to try out the two truths and a lie exercise. Sounds like fun!

  3. I've used the two truths and lie activity before with my students. It was so much fun having them debate over which of my three statements was the lie. :)


  4. How does one become part of this literacy league? These are all the people I follow!

  5. Great minds think alike! :) I like your freebie a lot!

  6. Freak the Mighty is also one of my favorites. When Max puts "all the unvanquished truth stuff" down on paper my kids freak out! Love it! And I love your freebie too! Thank you!

  7. Two truths and a lie is a great activity, and it is fun too! I usually pick a mundane lie to go with my two truths (I own a pit bull and I've been bungee jumping 7 times). They automatically think one of my truths is a lie!


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