Middle School Literature Teacher Resources
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Students write a brochure that educates incoming middle school students on how to succeed.
For 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, students 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.
Learners 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 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.
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.
Developing a check list can make writing a literature analysis easier.
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. Pre-reading activities, plot based and discussion questions, and a QAR worksheet are included in the richly detailed plan.
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.
Learners explore philanthropy in literature. In this cross curriculum literacy and character development lesson, students read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and note charitable acts described in the story. Learners relate story elements such as theme, mood, character, vocabulary, and symbolism to philanthropy.
Students discover the wealth of literature written by individuals not born in the United States. They discover the literature of individuals of multiple ethnicities born in the United States. Students compile a list of books they would like to read from a list provided for them.
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. 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
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.
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 are exposed to a wide variety of war related literature in order to comprehend the influence of conflict upon the lives of the Korean people. The information is used to complete a research report.
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 characterization by writing about a special person in their life.
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, they share their writings with the class.