Middle School Literature Teacher Resources

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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.
In this characterization worksheet, learners identify 7 characters from George Orwell's Animal Farm as they expose each as a main or subordinate character, reveal the character's motivation and main conflict, and note how the character and his motivations have affected the plot.
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.
Students write a brochure that educates incoming middle school students on how to succeed.
Integrate geography with literature in this interdisciplinary lesson. 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. An attached worksheet is used to fill out geographical information that can be gathered from the text. The same process is repeated using a short story such as Hearts and Hands by O. Henry. Learns finish with a quiz and interview grandparent
Students examine Puerto Rico's location and from its geographic location, reflect on its culture and people. They also read a play by a Puerto Rican author. This is an excellent cross-curricular unit, including history, geography, and literature.
Students learn characterization by writing about a special person in their life.
Students review the most recent vocabulary list of French words. Using literature by Victor Hugo and Guy de Maupassant, they discover the history and culture of France. Using a map and the text, they locate the cities and regions of the country to end the lesson.
Students, in caucus groups, write a persuasive essay based upon the data sheet plan. After essays have been written, students meet again in the same caucus groups and share their essays.
Fourth graders practice a three-part round and develop criteria for evaluating their group's performances of the song. They evaluate their own performances and the performance of a middle-school, high-school or community choir.
Your advanced middle school and high school readers explore plot structure by analyzing a classic Jack London story "To Build a Fire." Class members identify setting, characters, and plot. They participate in a discussion about the themes in the story and answer study questions in preparation for a homework assignment in which they write about how they would survive on a deserted island.
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." Additionally, learners use the texts Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn to complete definition charts.
Students 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.
Students design an artistic and literary collage of contemporary urban life that seeks to interpret, analyze, and evaluate its mettle. They integrate their impressions of urban life with established views, thereby enriching their understanding of their own present and future.
Students discover the scientific method by researching a known problem.  In this problem solving lesson, students identify a problem known in the scientific community and research the Internet to find information about it.  Students write a one page summary about their issue and create a class book with the work of their classmates.
Students learn about the legacy of Sadako Sasaki, the atomic bomb, and history through a nonfiction literature study.
Pupils are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. For each author, they research their life and works and discuss why it reflects different time periods of African-Americans. In groups, they brainstorm characteristics of a character and the setting they are going to use in writing their fictional autobiography. To end the lesson plan, they share their writings with the class.
Students discover information about a science based social issue through library research, summarize the information in their own words and present it to their peers using PowerPoint and the desktop projector.
Developing a check list can make writing a literature analysis easier.
Study the many facets of poetry with a close reading of the poem "Song of The Chattahoochee". The Chattahoochee is the largest river basin in Georgia, making this poem of particular interest to classes in Georgia or those who are interested in water and nature. Complete a choral reading exercise with your class, emphasizing the song-like quality of this poem, before moving on to complete the included three page worksheet.