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Petrie’s Picks: Cozy Up With A Good Book This Winter

With the weather getting colder, it’s a great time to curl up with a good mystery. Not only are mysteries entertaining, but they are great for encouraging close reading and critical thinking skills in readers as they gather clues and try to solve the puzzle. Here are a few favorites. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz: Follow […]

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Six Traits of Good Writing (And How We Develop Them)

Teaching students the art of writing is one of the most fundamental components of the middle school English curriculum. Hilltop students begin fifth grade with a strong background in composition skills to develop well-constructed paragraphs about a variety of topics. In middle school, we build on those fundamentals and encourage students to become more confident […]

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