Bonnie Hamer, Author at Presto Plans

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Are you tired of hearing groans and grumbles whenever you tell students you will be working on grammar? Let’s face it: grammar is not the easiest sell for students in ELA. Still, it’s an important topic. Chances are that you’ve found yourself correcting the same grammar errors over and over again in your students’ writing. […]

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Taking a day off when we need a sick day is a real challenge for teachers. For things to run smoothly, it is often necessary to write a detailed sub-plan that will keep students engaged in our absence. We all know how long these can take to prepare, especially if you don’t want to come […]

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Ever feel like you need to come up for air while reading a long piece of student writing that has absolutely zero commas in it? There’s the alternative too—a bunch of commas in all the wrong places, which also makes for difficult reading. In the students’ defense, learning the comma rules can be challenging (and […]

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If you are teaching “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl, you may be looking for tips and strategies for analyzing the story. I wanted to take this opportunity to share my best tips for helping you navigate all elements of this spooky tale with your students! In Roald Dahl’s story, a young businessman travels to a local bed […]

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Have you ever used bell-ringers in your ELA classroom? If so, you know how game-changing these can be in establishing a routine for your students. Not only do they calm the class chaos and set the tone right away, but they also help your students to develop important ELA skills and hit standards. Bell-ringers do […]

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English teachers often have the goal of inspiring a love of reading in their students, but we all know how challenging this can be. Though it is a challenge, it’s one worth pursuing because only a teacher knows the satisfying feeling of helping a reluctant reader find a book that they cannot put down. Though […]

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Are you looking for ideas of which short story (or stories) to teach in your ELA classroom? Here’s a list of 10 short stories that your ELA students will love, as well as my best tips for teaching each one! 1. The Lottery By Shirley Jackson WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT?: “The Lottery” tells the story […]

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