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.
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.
The films of Walt Disney and their written counterparts can reinforce compare and contrast skills in writing. Each film, centered on a beautiful princess, offers a plethora of contrasts between the original text and the story that made it to the big screen, such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.
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.
Whether teaching on the classic L. Frank Baum novel alone or comparing it with similar stories, such as “Coraline” and “Alice in Wonderland,” this guided reading PowerPoint will help you make the most of your “Wizard of Oz” lesson plan.
Have you ever considered the similarities between Coraline, Alice and Dorothy as they experience their adventures in strange and amazing lands? This downloadable reading guide will help you compare and contrast these classic tales with your students.
How would you describe Coraline? Brave, independent, adventurous? Read this well-loved book with your class and ask them this and other questions provided in the PowerPoint chapter-by-chapter reading guide.
“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.
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.
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.
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.