This article will provide you with essential resources to teach about the Holocaust in middle school. Using The Diary of Anne Frank play and the memoire, Night by Elie Wiesel, this unit will explore the horrors of the Holocaust and World War II.
The 8th Grade Reading curriculum will use the novel, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton to teach important reading skills during the third six weeks of school. Check the links provided for resources and lesson plans for this novel.
It took me eight years to develop my 8th grade reading curriculum, and I’m going to share my hard work with you! Through trial and error and standardized testing results, this curriculum is what I’ve discovered to work best with my teaching style and for my eighth grade students.
This lesson plan is intended to help you establish “stations” for background information on the Holocaust. Using the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website, students will learn about the key aspects of the Holocaust to gain well-balanced knowledge of one of history’s most tragic events.
Part two of this lesson plan further explains the different stations needed for the collaborative learning project for the Holocaust background study of The Diary of Anne Frank play. Teaching background in this way is much more exciting than reading a pile of documents in one sitting!
When teaching The Diary of Anne Frank play, it is important to provide your students with extensive background information of the Holocaust and World War II. This lesson plan will do just that, but through collaborative learning methods that involve station rotations.
The short story, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes is a part of contemporary American literature that is read and studied in middle and high schools around the world. This Flowers for Algernon guide will help readers to understand the literary elements implemented within the story.
Book reports are revamped and given new life with this creative writing project! Using a cereal box to creatively display aspects of the story, students will find this means of presentation much more appealing using these activities for gifted students.
Put a creative spin on traditional book reports with this cereal box project! The lesson allows students to express their creativity while demonstrating their knowledge of the work they are sharing with the class.
Reinact the maze race between Charlie and Algernon with this fun activity! Team Algernon and Team Charlie will enjoy the competing against one another in this exciting and competitive recreation of the classic scene of man vs. mouse.
Using multiple choice test questions from “Flowers for Algernon” short story, this challenge encourages students to compete for points each time they submit a correct answer. Whichever team has the highest point totals at the end of the game earns a credit in the overall challenge.
Students enjoy reading dramatic plays in class, and with this lesson plan you will have students excited to participate in the reading of the Anne Frank Play. With the use of props and utilizing a reading circle, reading the Anne Frank Play will be engaging and fun!
Irony is a complex literary term that is extremely difficult for students to wrap their heads around. This lesson plan uses several examples of irony, from visual to situational irony, and helps students to analyze why an example is truly ironic?
Reading passages are difficult for students because they require focus and stamina in reading in order to correctly answer the questions that typically follow. With the TRAPP strategy, students will learn simple, yet effective steps to reading and analyzing a test passage.
“The Lottery” has a wealth of vocabulary to teach your students. Using paper copies of the story, along with context clues and other vocabulary activities, students can gain much vocab knowledge after reading the short story.