Middle School Literature Teacher Resources
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New Review Middle Level Writing with Integrated Reading and Oral Language
Imagine everything you need to teach writing in one packet! Designed to augment instruction in language arts classes, the lessons, activities, and exercises contained in this packet employ AVID methodologies to help learners develop their literacy skills.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Subgenres of Literature—Allegory
In this allegory worksheet, students examine the subgenre of allegory as they read a brief description of it and complete a graphic organizer with their observations of the use of allegory in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
7th - 12th Language Arts 50 Views 127 Downloads
Rubrics for Assessing Student Writing, Listening, and Speaking Middle School
This is a fantastic collection of a wide variety of rubrics for writing, listening, and speaking! The resource contains over 14 rubrics for assessing such items as a summary, autobiographical sketch and narrative, speech, oral report, short story, and much more.
6th - 9th Language Arts 189 Views 124 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Historical Agency in History Book Sets (HBS)
Study historical events by combining the study of historical fiction and non-fiction. Learners read about true past events in historical fiction novels and then research non-fiction accounts of the same events. What are some differences they find?
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 28 Views 91 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life
Scholars read and re-write, in Standard English, a short selection from Dovey Coe and note importance of use of dialect in novel. Then they examine their own use of dialect in everyday speech, and write a narrative using both casual dialect and Standard English.
8th Language Arts 20 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Using Words as a Way into Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they finish the activity, they read the first chapter of the book and research Olympian gods.
4th - 8th Language Arts 101 Views 713 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"A Sound of Hammering" by Dazai Osamu
Dazai Osamu’s short story, “A Sound of Hammering” is the focus of a three-day investigation of modern Japanese literature and life in post-World War II Japan. The events in Osamu’s story mirror those in his own life, and give a verisimilitude to the tale.
7th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 18 Downloads
Puns and Punctuation
Explore the writing traits of word choice and conventions. Middle school writers use this Six-Traits Writing lesson to discuss the writing style of the Tom Swift Adventure Series by Victor Appleton. They examine "Tom Swiftie" puns, paying special attention to dialogue punctuation.
6th - 8th Language Arts 18 Views 108 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Traveling Through Literature
Integrate geography with literature in this interdisciplinary lesson plan. Begin by reading a poem such as The Time We Climbed Snake Mountain by Leslie Marmon Silko. On a large map, place push pins in the cities or states mentioned.
7th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
Lyddie: An Instructional Unit Resource Guide
Katherine Paterson’s young adult novel Lyddie is the foundation of a differentiated instruction unit that not only explores the rise of industrialization and labor but women’s rights issues as well. The resource links, list of activities, assessment tools, and template for planning modifications make this a powerful teacher resource.
6th - 8th Language Arts 65 Views 96 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Jacket: Journal Templates Teacher's Guide
Explore this story involving prejudice and racism to enhance learners' comprehension skills. The story The Jacket by Andrew Clements involves an African American boy who is falsely accused of stealing someone's jacket. This teacher's guide supports use of the journal templates (for literature circles or for individual work) that you can find when you search Lesson Planet resources for "The Jacket: Journal Templates.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 25 Views 405 Downloads
Fairy Tales: Another Point of View
In the second of a two-part lesson, young learners act out the story of The Three Little Pigs. After reading an alternate version, class members use a Venn diagram to discuss how the wolf's feelings differ from those of the pigs. In the culminating activity kids make a triorama where they record similarities and differences in the stories and draw the characters.
3rd Language Arts 23 Views 201 Downloads
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 308 Views 372 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Core Analysis Frame: Fiction
Dig into any piece of fiction with a series of analysis questions. There are two levels of questions provided: basic and in-depth. The basic questions can be copied double-sided onto a single piece of paper, while the in-depth questions take up two pages per topic.
6th - 8th Language Arts 43 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Geography Toolkit
If you're preparing to teach geography to your young learners, you'll definitely want to keep this resource handy. The toolkit contains 165 pages of a wide range of handouts and informational text to support incorporate geographic inquiry into your lessons, covering such topics as map projections and interpretations, geographic information systems, place narratives, and map analysis.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Use the historical account of Claudette Colvin to study civil rights and connect past injustices to modern issues. As learners read, they examine chapter titles, record quotes, and participate in discussion. Use any of the great prompts provided, including post-reading questions.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 25 Views 200 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Analyzing and Evaluating Holocaust Literature
Young scholars examine the history of the Holocaust through literature. Using different pieces of literature, they critique the items in terms of being historical accurate and its value in telling the stories of the Holocaust. They create a timeline putting the major events into chronological order.
8th - 9th Language Arts 6 Views 24 Downloads
Mark Twain: Interpreting Literature through Conventions of Language & Vocabulary
Learners decipher the use of standard and non-standard English in Mark Twain literature. As a class or in small groups, they discuss dialect and slang. They map the concept of standard English, dialect, slang, vernacular, accent, drawl, and "Southernese.
7th - Higher Ed Language Arts 24 Views 309 Downloads
Using Environmental Models to Determine the Effect of Acid Rain on an Ecosystem
Demonstrate to your middle school science learners how chalk breaks down in a weak acid. Discuss what affects acidic rain might have on ecosystems. Lab groups then choose one of two questions: "How does acid precipitation affect an aquatic ecosystem?
7th - 8th Science 22 Views 89 Downloads