How to ace middle school

The Answer – Cite – Explain (ACE) writing strategy is designed to help students organize their writing and support their thinking to form constructed responses for informative/explanatory compositions. This strategy has an emphasis on the application of learning where students must provide textual evidence to support their answers and expand their thinking to create a well constructed paragraph. Students between 6th to 12th grade are targeted for this instructional strategy. Teachers can deliver this strategy in small groups, whole class, or in a one on one environment. ACE directly aligns with the Common Core State Standards (2012) for writing as students are required to, “write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient information.”

Students should be explicitly and repeatedly taught how to use the ACE writing strategy (see below) so the steps and process become generalized across content areas. This strategy can easily adapted across contents to support a more thorough understanding of material. Depending on the age of the students, rubrics are the ideal tool to use to monitor the progress over time. Rubric data will provide information on where further instruction should be focused when implementing the strategy (e.g., restating question as an answer, appropriate use of transitions, explaining the answer and cite). Additionally, it is recommended teachers keep student work folders or portfolios to monitor how student writing has improved over time using this strategy. This has been very effective for monitoring student writing goals on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Answer – Cite – Explain at a Glance

This graphic organizer is used regularly in my special education reading class.

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ACE On-Campus – GRADE LEVEL: 1-12

Only a few schools will offer ACE On-Campus for the Fall 2021 session. Your student must attend the school whose classes you register for, no exceptions. If you have questions on how to have ACE On-Campus at your school, please contact us at [email protected]

The ACE program is a high quality district-wide program that provides opportunities for IUSD students in elementary and middle school to participate in classes both fun and academic while staying in their school environment. These fee-based enrichment classes are coordinated by volunteers at each of the school sites and are taught by pre-approved professionals. Classes offered include coding, art, chess, sports, technology, homework help, math, and science. Over 7,500 students benefit from ACE classes each year.

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Big Fat Notebooks are easy-to-read, condensed books of knowledge, notes, and quizzes about every subject. And they’re perfect for middle school!

But guess what else, parents?

If you’re like me and maybe have forgotten everything about middle school math or American History or Science, these books will help you, too!! 🙂

How to ace middle school

Big Fat Notebook: Study Guides for Middle School

Made by the creators of Brain Quest workbooks at Workman Publishing, these five Big Fat Notebook study guides, cover each of the major subjects taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History.

They’re a great resource to own — especially if you’re homeschooling or doing school at home during Coronavirus school closures!

How to ace middle school

Look at the layout inside one of these books.

Talk about eye-catching and easy to navigate! Important info is highlighted in neon colors. Words and concepts are explained and defined. Tricky concepts are captured with fun doodles. Fun mnemonics help to remember information. Quizzes help solidify the concepts.

Of course, Big Fat Notebooks meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards.

They’ve also been vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award-winning teachers.

How to ace middle school

My Big Fat Notebook Descriptions

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Everything You Need to Ace Math
. . . covers fractions, decimals, and how to multiply and divide them; ratios, proportions, and percentages; geometry; statistics and probability; expressions and equations; and the coordinate plane and functions.

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Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . starts with scientific investigation and moves on to the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more.

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Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . begins with Native Americans and goes through the war in Iraq with units on Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, Jefferson and the expansion west, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and notable events of the 20th century—World Wars, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and much more.

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Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . covers the Paleolithic Era, ancient civilizations—in Egypt, Greece, India, China, Africa, Rome, the middle ages, the Renaissance, the age of exploration and colonialization, revolution and imperialism, plus the modern world.

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Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts . . . helps with grammar (parts of speech, active and passive verbs, Greek and Latin roots and affixes), nuances in word meanings, textual analysis, authorship, structure, and other skills for reading fiction and nonfiction with a section on writing arguments, informative texts, and narratives.

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Here’s what people are saying about these notebooks (in their five-star reviews)…

My 7th grade daughter absolutely loves this whole series and so do I…These study guides have been a great way for her to learn the important information and retain it.” – R. Schu on Amazon

I bought this to homeschool my boys. They are in 7th and 8th grades. I wouldn’t use it as a stand alone, but it makes a great framework to make sure you are covering everything. The chapters are short and lay the information out in a way that is easy to understand. I wish I had found this sooner. My boys will be going to public school for high school and I plan to keep this book as a reference for them.” – beans72 on Amazon

The book is full of clear, concise information written at grade level and presented in a fun, easy to use fashion. There are plenty of detailed explanations coupled with fun illustrations, graphs, and overviews.” – Dave Lakhani on Amazon