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.
- 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.
- American Folklore: The Devil in the Arena? A New Jersey Legend
Much more than a hockey team, the mythical New Jersey devil has been said to be lurking in the woods for years. Learn the origin of this legend.
- American Folklore: The Devil Went Down to… Mississippi? A Bluesy Legend
Did Robert Johnson really sell his soul to the devil in exchange for musical talent? Read the legend and then decide what you think!
- American Folklore: The American Robin Hood? Missouri Legend
Was the famous Jesse James considered the Robin Hood of his time? Learn of one of the legends surrounding this dynamic figure.
- American Folklore: The Real Reason for Exploration? Florida Legend
Is the fountain of youth located in Florida? Read on for more of this American legend.
- American Folklore: A Glimpse at Legends from Ohio & Tennessee
Johnny Appleseed and Casey Jones are American legends! Learn about these iconic figures with your Middle School class.