Empowering Writers

Toolbox: Grade 6-8

Grade 6-8


March 2020 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

When we teach young writers to be precise and thoughtful in their choice of words, we are doing so much more than improving their test scores, although that will be a natural outcome. We are giving them the means to be heard in a noisy world and the expressive potential to earn the respect they so deeply desire.


February 2020 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

Growth mindset is a trending topic in education. As teachers, we want to challenge our students to work hard and keep going, despite the many challenges and setbacks they may face. Kick off 2020 by creating a vision board with your students, helping to focus their efforts on what they would like to accomplish this next semester.


STAAR student sample Grade 7

Click below to download the STAAR student sample Grade 7. Also, check out our Texas Assessment Products and be prepared for the STAAR. Grade 7 Texas Expository/Opinion Assessment Review (digital license)


January 2020 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

Growth mindset is a trending topic in education. As teachers, we want to challenge our students to work hard and keep going, despite the many challenges and setbacks they may face. Kick off 2020 by creating a vision board with your students, helping to focus their efforts on what they would like to accomplish this next semester.


December 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

Is there a such thing as the perfect gift? This month, discuss with your students what they think the perfect gift would be. Is it a gaming station, or maybe the newest iPhone? Do these gifts last a lifetime? In this lesson, students will be describing a gift that lasts a lifetime, by focusing on those abstract nouns that are often found in the theme of the stories we read.



November 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

Since becoming a national holiday in 1938, our country has been celebrating and honoring United States veterans each year on November 11. As this day of observance rolls around, your students may wonder why they have no school, or why their parents have the day off from work. These picture books are a great opportunity to share the history of this holiday and why we observe Veterans Day today.