Middle School Literature Teacher Resources

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Writing Prompts for Middle School

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Scratching your head when it comes to engaging writing prompts? Check out a list of prompts designed for middle school classes, which includes topics for persuasive writing, expository writing, how-to essays, personal narratives, and...
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Puns and Punctuation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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,...
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Time Flies

For Teachers 6th - 8th
To strengthen middle school readers' mastery of plot structure, have them read several children's books and summarize each on a separate index card. They develop themes from the books by analyzing plot. Best practices for working with...
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Narratives

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Add to the narrative writing experience. Elementary or middle school writers listen to the teacher read a descriptive passage, then reread the same passage silently. They highlight sensory details and figurative language, then orally...
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Civil War Literature Circle

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Historical fiction can be a valuable asset when learning about the past. Integrate several novels written about the Civil War into your social studies unit, with groups of four working collaboratively to comprehend the novel from...
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Creative Writing: Middle School Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Enhance a unit on historical fiction with an engaging writing instructional activity. Learners bring the Industrial Era to life as they compose their own historical fiction pieces based on primary source images of Pittsburgh steel workers. 
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Rubrics for Assessing Student Writing, Listening, and Speaking Middle School

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
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,...
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For Teachers K - 8th Standards
The story of Rama and Sita is one of the best-loved and most retold stories from the Ramayana. Learners in grades one through eight learn about heroes, anti-heroes, and Indian literature by reading story cards that summarize the story...
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Portraying the Ideal Warrior in Art and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Samurai warriors had a code that defined what an ideal warrior should be. Learners use a Venn diagram to compare the way the ideal warrior is portrayed in art and literature. They analyze a screen entitled The Battles at Ichi-no-tani and...
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Exploration of Utopias and Dystopias

For Teachers 11th Standards
If you are considering adding or expanding a unit on utopian and dystopian literature you simply must check out this fabulous resource. Packed with plans, activities, project-based and 21st century learning opportunities, the unit uses a...
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Many identify with Greg Heffly in Diary of a Wimpy Kid when he said, “I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." Middle school is harsh, and the popular story holds nothing back. Fellow...
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Peer pressure creates a desire for many middle schoolers to be popular. Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy: Rodrick Rules' main character Greg struggles with finding his place and popularity in middle school. Scholars connect t the story's...
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Inference in Literature: The Wizard of Oz

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
We're off to see the wizard! Practice making inferences in literature with two sample paragraphs from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Each passage provides questions about the pleasantness of the place it describes, and kids...
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Novel Lesson for The Giver

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Lois Lowry's The Giver is one of the most engaging and thought-provoking works of literature in the middle school curriculum. Round out your novel unit with a collection of reading activities, comprehension questions, memoir and journal...
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An Educator's Guide to the Works of Lynda Mullaly Hunt

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Middle school years can be tough. An educator's guide for the works of Lynda Mullaly Hunt introduces readers to two texts that discuss the struggles pre-teens face during middle school. Chapter-by-chapter questions and activities for two...
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What Does Korean Literature Reveal About War?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
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.
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Holes Comprehension Companion

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Here is a one-stop planning resource for Louis Sachar's Newbery Award-winning book Holes. You'll find 21 links to worksheets and various activities designed to span the entire book. Learners draw to help analyze settings and make...
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The Ancient Art of Haiku

For Teachers 7th - 8th
A cross-disciplinary lesson plan that incorporates language arts, social studies, and art into a creative project, this lesson plan would be a great fit for any middle school humanities classroom. After briefly learning about the...
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Use The Polar Express to Develop Rich and Detailed Writing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Bring The Polar Express into your middle school classroom to spark the creativity of your emerging writers.
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Is There Any Truth to the King Arthur Legends?

For Students 9th - 12th
Was he or wasn’t he? We may never know for sure about the origins of King Arthur. But a video that leads middle school and high school viewers through the facts and fictions that have kept King Arthur alive in peoples’ imaginations for...
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Puerto Rico . . . Its Land, History, Culture, and Literature

For Teachers 5th - 7th
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...
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Zach’s Lie: Concept Analysis

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
If you're planning a unit on Roland Smith's Zach's Lie, be sure to incorporate a list of important literary elements into your curriculum. With a list of essential questions, literary themes, conflicts, and notes about setting, the...
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A Glimpse of The Grapes of Wrath

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Explore the evolving American sense of place with this lesson, which focuses on John Steinbeck's immortal The Grapes of Wrath. Identifying the time in history, characters, and themes in the novel helps high schoolers practice literary...
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Writing Prompts, Student Rubrics, and Sample Responses

For Students 7th Standards
Whether you are teaching mainstream, advanced, or intervention language arts classes, you will find something helpful in a thorough writing packet. It includes prompts, rubrics, responses, helpful hints, graphic organizers, and many...