Three reading texts on the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games: the event and history, the sports, the venues. Includes a vocabulary list, a discussion and an activity on differences in American and British English, and a research exercise on unfamiliar sports, as well as two sets of completion questions and three discussion or essay topics. (12 pages)
A two page essay briefly addresses the topics of freedom of speech and banned books. This is followed by a page of suggested creative, persuasive, and research writing ideas for middle school students. Includes a rubric to help with grading; all assignments are open-ended. Banned Books Week is the last week in September.