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.
This heartfelt book by the author of Sarah Plain and Tall is a good story for a classroom read aloud or for book group studies. Here we discuss the relative merits of the book, how it helps teach about mortality and the impact such tragedy has on people’s lives.
Have your students write their own news story by following nine steps to choosing a topic, completing an interview and writing a draft of a story. A computer savvy student or teacher can create a newsletter on Microsoft Word using the template.
This creative writing lesson plan for Middle School will focus on scary stories. Try to keep them focused on setting, good plot twists, suspense and the use of surprise in the ending. Assess the stories using a rubric.
A large and varied vocabulary is important to a student’s academic success. Most people know that the easiest and most common way to build a big vocabulary is to read often, but, as we all know, there are many students that do not enjoy reading and need other ways to learn new words.
In this simple yet effective lesson plan, students analyze the goals of a character from a novel or historical reference. In addition to helping you assess students’ understanding of the assigned reading, this assignment reinforces critical thinking.
Every three or four years I clean out a cabinet or two in my classroom. Once, I found some items that revolutionized the way I teach. I found fun learning disguised as 35 individual-sized white boards. It has proved more useful than an entire book of fun lesson plans – here’s how I use them.
The WordMasters Challenge for middle school students is an enjoyable mind-bending classroom competition for the language arts classroom. The purpose of Word Masters is increase growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. This is a wonderful program for a talented and gifted class or program.
When middle school students think about a book they like, they zone in on exciting or interesting scenes or episodes. This engaging activity allows students to create a top five list of their favorites and then graphically depict them.
Poetry is difficult for some students to write. One fun poetry technique to discuss and to write is alliteration. It adds pizazz to any poem or prose. Once students learn it, they will love playing with words. The following lesson will teach the technique of alliteration.
The trick to motivating middle school students to write poetry is to focus on their interests, hobbies, and passions. Making a shape or concrete poem that focuses on this interest is usually considered easy. To add a bit of difficulty to this lesson, students will learn about metaphors and similes
Assign three students to read the same novel. For three weeks, students should read and discuss the novel. During the fourth week, students should create a report in the form of a group presentation. It should cover required items and have a visual aid for the speech.