English Lesson Plans for Middle School, Grades 6-8

These lesson plans focus on teaching English in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and include ideas for spelling and vocabulary, critical thinking, paragraph and essay writing, as well as units for teaching popular and often-taught books such as The Outsiders, Diary of Anne Frank and The Hunger Games. You'll find strategies for planning and writing a language arts curriculum map, recommended reading lists, fresh ideas for teaching literary terms, and more. All have been carefully written and vetted by teachers and educators, and based on tried and true teaching experience in the classroom.

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  • Creating Holiday Poetry Using Iconic Images
    Writing poetry does not come easy to everyone. Ease your students into the process by having them model a poem after "The Christmas Night" by L. M. Montgomery, personalizing it by picking their own holiday theme. Downloadable assignment and powerpoint are included in this lesson.
  • The Gift of the Magi: Group Projects and Writing Prompts
    There is no story that exemplifies the Christmas spirit more than "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. This lesson plan is great to use with eighth or ninth graders to get students into the spirit of the holidays. Downloadable group project and writing prompts included.
  • 6. Teaching Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
    It will likely be with mixed emotions that your students complete the final book in the Harry Potter series. Guide them through the novel with class discussions and conclude with a series recap.
  • 5. Teaching Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
    As you continue to explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with your middle school students, plots and themes become deeper and darker. In this book, students will deal with topics including death and politics.
  • 4. Teaching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    At this point in the series, your students are likely champing at the bit between books. Book four is certain to satisfy while keeping them hooked and this discussion guide will help you lead your class through the novel's key points.
  • 3. Teaching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    As you move through the Harry Potter novel series with your middle school students, you will see both the characters and themes develop and change. This overview will help you guide your students through the third book in the collection.
  • 2. Teaching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    In part two of this series on Harry Potter lesson plans, students will discover the value of deception and learn about making ethical or moral decisions. Download the PowerPoint as a tool to guide discussions.
  • 1. Teaching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Teachers can present the Harry Potter collection to students in all of their classes, who are likely to enjoy the books. The first lesson plan in this series includes a PowerPoint teaching tool for download.
  • The Happier Endings: How Disney Makes Hans Christian Anderson More Appealing
    Students and teachers need to look no further than The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen, known now to girls worldwide as Frozen, in order to get a sense of just how different a movie can be from an original story.
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