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Common Core and state-specific next generation standards are placing much more emphasis on developing critical thinking and analysis skills by asking students to develop evidence-based persuasive and informational writing.
In the fall of 2014, the Plato Courseware team started working on a brand-new series of courses for middle school English. They needed to dig into what strategies, tactics, features, voice, etc., work most effectively to engage middle school students, especially in English language arts (ELA).
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. It’s grown from a celebration of creative writing into a national writing marathon. For most, the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel within the 30 days of November. Here’s how to get your students engaged.