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ELA

Print + Digital · English & Spanish

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. Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing Professional Development Book
    Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing Professional Development Book WW-Y43408

    Interactive writing is a powerful practice because it taps into reading and writing and shows children how literacy learning in one area supports another. With this remarkable book, Reading Recovery expert C.C. Bates breaks new ground by showing teachers how to make the link to reading far stronger for students throughout the school day. Teachers discover how to:

    • Set up a literacy-rich environment and manage materials
    • Engage in interactive writing in whole-group and small-group settings
    • Use formative assessments to make in-the-moment decisions
    • Teach concepts about print, alphabetic understanding, how words work, and fluency
    • Integrate interactive writing across the content areas
    $24.95
    Number Level 16
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