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.
- Hoot: Problems At Home and In School
This lesson covers Chapters 15-Epilogue of the book, Hoot. The lesson plan includes discussion questions aimed toward a Middle School class.
- Hoot: It’s Tough Being the New Kid
This lesson will cover Chapters 7-14 of Hoot to include vocabulary and questions and the introduction of a research project to be completed independently.
- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen: Protecting Wildlife
"Hoot" is a great novel for enrichment class as well as Language Arts Literacy because there are so many relevant themes to today: bullying, new kid on the block, friendship and endangered animals. Guide your students through the novel with these activities and discussion questions.
- "These Happy Golden Years" and "The First Four Years": Lesson for Grades 6-7
The final two books in the series shows Laura growing up into adulthood, falling in love, and experiencing the trials of a farmer's wife. These books are appropriate for a 6th or 7th grade reading level, and deal with more somber themes than the rest of the series.
- "The Long Winter" and "Little Town on the Prairie": 6th Grade Lesson
The 6th and 7th books in the series explore some serious themes and hardships American settlers faced in the prairie. Teach your 6th grade class more about the American prairie with these classic books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- Are Your Middle School Students Thankful This Thanksgiving?
This Thanksgiving lesson teaches the students to write an essay on what they are thankful for in life. In addition, each student will make a turkey feather for a specific reason they have to be thankful. All of the feathers will form a huge turkey on the bulletin board.
- American Folklore: Have Mercy! A Rhode Island Vampire Legend
Back in the late 19th century, belief in vampires was still common. What else could be the explanation for diseases such as consumption? Learn the legend behind Mercy Brown.
- American Folklore: The Dangers of Exploration! Folk Legends from New York and Virginia
Students will love this lesson on American legends. First, travel up the Hudson river in New York with Henry Hudson. Then, we'll visit the first American settlement, Roanoke in Virginia, known as the Lost Colony.
- American Folklore: The Spirit of America? A Legend from MA
"Lizzie Bordon took an axe, And gave her Mother forty whacks..." Have you ever heard this school yard chant and wondered where it came from? Learn the story of Elizabeth Bordon, from Massachusetts.