A Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Sometimes we all need to say thank you for our pizza…


First Lines–Journal Prompts

Here are some famous first lines from different books and movies.  Students will write a story where one of the lines must appear, authentically, in the story.  The line doesn’t have to be the first line, but it does have to appear.

  • It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times.
  • All this happened, more or less.
  • I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
  • It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
  • When he was nearly thirteen, my brother, Jem, got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
  • What’s your dream?
  • All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
  • Marley was dead, to begin with.

PBL Resource

Pblproject.com—A site that has multiple problem based learning lessons/units available.  Teachers/Schools can purchase licenses and have access to the lessons.  If you want to check it out, you can get a temporary password by email Ben Bache, benbache@homecourtpublishers.com.


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Check out the archive of PBL Weekly Warmups-http://pblproject.com/page.aspx?pageid=Weekly-Warmups_archive.

Motivating Teens to Read and Write

“Teens say the most important factor for them to feel motivated to write is using it as a way to connect with, and receive feedback from, teachers, family members, and friends.”