May 21, 2014 13:58 Age: 4 yrs

Developing Voracious Readers: Five Resources for Middle School Reading

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At Achievement First, our schools emphasize the joy of reading to help drive outstanding student achievement. Our students feel encouraged to “Read, Baby Read!” and teachers play a major role in cultivating this joy of reading.


Each week, our school teams at Achievement First spend one afternoon focused on professional development. We at AF care about constant growth and reflection, and we want to make sure all of our teachers have the resources they need to build their careers. This week, we offer five middle school reading resources recently shared with Achievement First teachers:



  • Teach your students about key elements of non-fiction texts using this Achievement First unit plan.
  • Are you looking for fun ways to get your students excited about reading during the summer? On this Book Adventure website, students create their own reading lists, take quizzes, and earn points and prizes.
  • This Achievement First unit plan helps students in lower middle school and upper elementary school learn about prefixes, suffixes and other parts of language.
  • This PBS resource provides a framework for teaching students about the oral tradition of poetry and how it is tied to storytelling and cultural preservation.
  • Are you looking for more great books to share with your middle school students? Goodreads provides a list of "must reads."
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