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ELA

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A wide array of innovative resources support continued progress in reading, analyzing, and responding to grade-level fiction and nonfiction for middle school students:

  • Close Reading Resources: Unique books guide annotation, collaborative conversations, and writing to sources.
  • Small Group & Independent Reading Books: Diverse students learn about genres, themes, points of view, and other key aspects of literature.
  • Reader’s Theater: Scripts engage middle schoolers in active learning about novels, poems, speeches, and more.

eBooks with Digital Teaching Support

Benchmark Education’s middle school books improve literacy skills and understanding of grade-level topics, and the same resources are also available in an eBook format with audio and a range of other features:

  • Pop-out annotation columns enable students to write notes and respond to text in other ways.
  • Pop-up glossaries explain the meaning of academic language so it can be understood in context.
  • Virtual sticky notes and other tools enable teachers and students to interact effectively online.

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Introduce the key elements of each genre and give real-world examples.


Provide practice with multiple models, including a mentor text that explains the author's techniques.

Focus students on understanding and analyzing the text.

After analyzing the annotated text, students are ready to write their own.

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  1. Conquering Dyslexia: A Guide to Early Detection and Intervention for Teachers and Families Professional Development Book
    Conquering Dyslexia: A Guide to Early Detection and Intervention for Teachers and Families Professional Development Book WW-Y44844

    Dyslexia is no longer a mystery. MRI scans and other tools of neuroscience have advanced our understandings in the last decade. We now know what to do to help students become skilled, confident learners. In Conquering Dyslexia, Dr. Hasbrouck shares the instructional approaches that work best for children who have this disorder, and the most current information for parents so they can advocate for their children and communicate with educators effectively. This book addresses:

    • What is dyslexia?
    • How to identify it
    • Early diagnosis and intervention
    • Teaching students
    • Supporting English Learners
    $29.95
  2. WIRE for Agency: Four Simple Moves That Transfer Learning Professional Development Book
    WIRE for Agency: Four Simple Moves That Transfer Learning Professional Development Book WW-Y40561

    When teachers cultivate children’s agency, students achieve. It’s that simple. In W I R E for Agency, two dynamic educators name four simple moves that lead to self-efficacy in students and to responsive teaching. Teachers learn to:

    • Use a framework of Watch, Intend, Reflect, and Engage as a daily tool in Workshop or any literacy program
    • Address all aspects of agency with concrete actions, including cultural responsiveness, self-regulation, engagement, and growth mindset
    • Envision curricula and environments for student-centered learning
    • Design collaborative learning experiences that give students practice with goal setting, taking action, and reflecting on progress
    $24.95
  3. At the Reading Table with Striving Readers: Achieving Equity by Scaffolding Strengths Professional Development Book
    At the Reading Table with Striving Readers: Achieving Equity by Scaffolding Strengths Professional Development Book WW-Y43407

    When teachers are clear in their intentions during small-group instruction, all children can achieve. With this first in a three-book series addressing small-group instruction, Nancy Akhavan shares the precise instructional scaffolds striving readers need, and helps teachers:

    • Form groups in culturally sensitive ways
    • Activate and build background knowledge
    • Ensure students are reading for most of the small-group minutes
    • Toggle between teaching and assessment during the sessions
    • Use coaching language that develops comprehension and confidence
    $24.95
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