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26. Middle School ELA Inquiry Based Project ~ Perfect for the End of the Year!

Two Middle School ELA Teachers

Release Date: 05/02/2023

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Looking for a fun and engaging end-of-the-year project for your middle school ELA students?  As middle school teachers, we know what it's like at the end of the year: kids are tired, teachers are tired, and testing is over. That's why we're sharing a project that's high interest and high engagement for students but low prep for teachers.

In this episode, we'll talk about an inquiry-based project that's perfect for the end of the year: having your students write and illustrate a children's book! 

Tune in to hear us walk you through the steps of how you can foster this project in your classroom.  We will tell you how to do it all yourself, but if you want to save some time, don't forget to check out our Writing a Children's Book resource in our TpT store where you can find everything already done you to make this project work!