These interactive writing lessons guide students through their writing assignments by providing them with rubrics and instructions so they can have a fun, challenging, and successful writing experience.  These lessons go one step further and allow the students to grade their own writing lessons before turning them into their teacher.  They are all Common Core aligned if required, but disregard the alignment if your school does not.  Click on them and take a look.

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How I Started Out The Year As A Middle School Teacher

Teaching middle school students can be tricky and I found out that getting off on the right foot the first day of school was paramount!  I discovered early on that if the students knew I was in charge from the first moment they walked into my class I was going to have a great year.  Here is how I started out the year in each of my middle school classes.

I found in teaching language arts that students worked better if they had their own desks rather than tables.  That is just a preference of mine, I know many successful teachers that love using table and groups. 

First, I made a seating chart for each class using the following criteria:

  1. I took the alphabetized class list and re-alphabetized it so it was boy, girl, boy, girl
  2. I made sure no ethnic names were together

Then when the students entered my class for the first time I had the students stand around the back of the room and I asked them to sit down one by one according to my new seating chart.

Next, I explained that this was where they would be sitting throughout the year. I also made it clear I was not inclined to move students around unless I decided it was necessary, so to please not ask if they could change seats.

Finally, I know this sounds harsh, but I would wait for one student to mess up and I would quickly call that student out.  I would explain that that kind of behavior was not tolerated in my class, that I did not my degree in babysitting, and I did not expect to spend any of my time disciplining students that did not know how to behave.  Then I would end by lightening it up and saying, “You now know that you do not want to open a can of Darling!” The students would laugh, but they  knew where I stood on discipline and what my classroom behavioral expectations were.

I’m not saying it would work for everyone, all I’m saying is that it worked very successfully for me and I’m sharing in case anyone needs a new way to start out their year.



Dazzle’s excellent tip for today. Start the school year with the best full year language arts, student directed, bell ringer product for grades 3 – 8. Download a FREE lesson from my TpT store for the grade you teach and check out the Tool Box that is coordinated to ALL of the Daily Dazzles by page number and is a one time purchase.
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The Daily Dazzle Bell Ringer lessons are the perfect way to start out your school year.  They teach and review over 17 language arts skills by using repetition and application to assure they are mastered by your students.  Each grade level contains 32 weekly lessons that students work on for the first 10 to 20 minutes of class while roll, lunch count, and passing back papers is taking place, making this class time, productive and meaningful.

Download a FREE lesson for each grade level and give it a try.  The downloads do NOT include the TOOL BOX

The Daily Dazzle Books for grades:  3 – 45 678, are a full year bell ringer curriculum that is coordinated by page number to the Tool Box.
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Check out the Daily Dazzle Tool Box and see how it is coordinated to ALL the Daily Dazzles by page number so students can look up the rules and learn them as they do the weekly lesson.





As a former 30-year language arts teacher, I know that it is very difficult to ask students to write an essay or paper over the summer holiday, but here are 27 fun lessons that can be purchased individually.  They include the prewriting, paragraphing, and grading rubrics so students can do the lessons all by themselves, including grading their own papers.  Best of all they are all fun!  Click here, or below on DAZZLE, go to my store, and pick out the topics that you and your students would like and then LET THEM WRITE!


Dazzle “The Language Arts Wonder Dog” With Summer Learning Hints For Language Arts

Yes, Dazzle knows just what is needed to keep sharp students over the summer and not spend hours doing it.  

Dazzle Summer

If you want your students and children to retain all of the language arts skills they learned over the school year so they will be ready to start back to school on level, then check out the DAILY DAZZLE books for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8.  All they need to do is spend ten to fifteen minutes a day working on their Daily Dazzle lesson, which they will have fun doing, and they will retain what they learned over the previous school year.

Go online and download the FREE LESSONS to see where your child should be, then order the appropriate level book .  Don’t forget to buy the DAILY DAZZLE TOOL BOX (a one-time purchase that goes with ALL of the Daily Dazzles) and contains all of the rules and is coordinated by page number to all of the Daily Dazzle books 3 & A – E. (A thru E are grades 4 thru 8) so students can look up the rules and learn or review them on their own.  

Students learn and review over 17 ELA skills such as the examples here for Daily Dazzle C – 6th grade:

Singular and plural rules
Prefixes, suffixes, and root words
Fact and opinion
Commonly misused words
Subject and predicate
Antonyms and synonyms
Simple or compound sentences
Use of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions,
Comparative and superlative
Irregular verbs
Creative writing
Literary devices



Dazzle Here, Chasing The Winter Blues Away

Has the long winter brought on the blues?  Now that spring is officially here, Dazzle has a surefire way to chase the blues away and bring some good old fun back to your classroom.  It’s called Speed Writing and students love it.  Dazzle is offering it FREE to anyone that wants to get their students creative juices flowing and increase fluency at the same time.  

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  Download your FREE speed writing lesson here.

Speed Writing Lesson

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