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Middle School Junior High Literature Activities

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  • Use this 'First Sentence: James' Portrait of a Lady (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: James' Portrait of a Lady (upper elem/middle)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Kafka's Metamorphosis (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Kafka's Metamorphosis (upper elem/middle)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'Literature Circle Job: Travel Chaser' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Literature Circle Job: Travel Chaser'.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Doyle's Beyond the City (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Doyle's Beyond the City (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Grahame's The Wind in the Willows (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Grahame's The Wind in the Willows (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Stevenson's Kidnapped (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Stevenson's Kidnapped (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • A list of 20 great US authors and a corresponding list of their works. These can be used in a variety of ways including in matching games, for study aids, etc.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Dante's Inferno (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Dante's Inferno (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'Literature Circles Job: Discussion Director' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Literature Circles Job: Discussion Director'.
  • Use this 'Literature Circles Job: Illustrator' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Literature Circles Job: Illustrator'.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Crane's The Red Badge of Courage (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Crane's The Red Badge of Courage (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Twain's Connecticut Yankee... (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Twain's Connecticut Yankee... (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: du Marier's Rebecca (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: du Marier's Rebecca (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby (upper elem/middle)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Orwell's 1984 (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Orwell's 1984 (upper elem/middle)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Shelley's Frankenstein (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Shelley's Frankenstein (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Austen's Pride and Prejudice (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Austen's Pride and Prejudice (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Andersen's Little Match Girl (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Andersen's Little Match Girl (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Burnett's A Little Princess (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Burnett's A Little Princess (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Dickens' David Copperfield (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Dickens' David Copperfield (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Huxley's A Brave New World (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Huxley's A Brave New World (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Clarke's 2001 Space Odyssey (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Clarke's 2001 Space Odyssey (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Saint-Exupery's Little Prince (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Saint-Exupery's Little Prince (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Four short tales with a survival theme (“Exploring the Titanic”, “Three Skeleton Key”, “Survive the Savage Sea”, and “The Dinner Party”) are thoroughly explored in this mega-unit, covering setting, characters, plots, and other short story devices.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: London's Call of the Wild (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: London's Call of the Wild (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • 1 DOWN: Wrote Last of the Mohicans. Match the famous American authors to their works.
  • This Biography: Rachel Carson (upper elem/middle) clipart is great to illustrate your teaching materials. As an abcteach member you have unlimited access to our 22,000+ clipart illustrations and can use them for commercial use. This Biography: Rachel Carson (upper elem/middle) clipart is provided in jpeg format.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Bronte's Wuthering Heights (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Bronte's Wuthering Heights (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Burnett's The Secret Garden (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Burnett's The Secret Garden (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Teaching a "survival" unit? Use our suggested mega-unit, or choose your own stories of danger and bravery. These four worksheets (from the larger unit) will help with location, characters, setting, and conflict and resolution comprehension.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Orwell's Animal Farm (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Orwell's Animal Farm (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'Literature Circles' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Literature Circles'. What is a literature circle? How does it work? Here are some suggestions for planning literature circles, as well as charts for tracking vocabulary, important questions, and interesting observations.
  • Use this 'Literature Circles Job: Connector' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Literature Circles Job: Connector'. This series of seven literature circle jobs was contributed by Julie Lorne
  • Use this 'Literature Circle Job: Summarizer' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Literature Circle Job: Summarizer'. Common Core: ELA: RI.5.1-3
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Barrie's Peter Pan (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Barrie's Peter Pan (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • A very full twenty page unit, which can be used as a whole or in parts. Each act of the play is summarized in simple language; the most famous quotes ("Alas, poor Yorick!") are listed and explained; the story is related to its historical setting ("What is the Ptolemaic system?") and to modern times ("Label the map of Europe"); plus comprehension, vocabulary, and essay questions. Common Core: ELA: RI.5.1-3

  • [member-created using abctools] From "alliteration" to "stanza". These vocabulary building word strips are great for word walls.
  • Use this 'Ways to Share Books' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Ways to Share Books'. List of ideas for students to share the books they have read.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Alcott's Little Women (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Alcott's Little Women (upper elem/middle school)'. Our new "first sentence" series asks the question: "You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence?" With these simple worksheets, each containing a different sentence from a classic story, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing. Look for more "first sentence" prompts every week!
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Kipling's Jungle Book (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Kipling's Jungle Book (upper elem/middle)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'How to Argue... Using Fallacies (part 1) -upper elementary/middle' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'How to Argue... Using Fallacies (part 1) -upper elementary/middle'. This thorough unit is packed with information about some of the most common fallacies: how to spot them, and how to avoid them. Subsequent lessons are available on our member site.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Adams' Watership Down (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Adams' Watership Down (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: Dickens' A Christmas Carol (upper elem/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: Dickens' A Christmas Carol (upper elem/middle school)'. You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its first sentence? With these simple worksheets, students will exercise their skills of prediction, research, and creative writing.
  • Use this 'Reading Log (upper/middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Reading Log (upper/middle school)'. This form enables students to track dates, titles, and authors for the books, stories, and magazine articles they are reading.
  • A folktale from Vietnam, with vocabulary, short answer comprehension questions, and a writing prompt.
  • This lesson uses passages from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll to introduce the concept of puns.
  • Use this 'First Sentence: After Words' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'First Sentence: After Words'. If students are curious enough about the first sentence of the novel, they may want to read the book and then complete this worksheet comparing their predictions to the actual book.
  • Suggestions for performances based on poems found in Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. Looking for a school play where everyone can shine? This may be your answer!
  • Read Kipling's poem on adulthood, and fill in the missing verbs. Then match the lines to their modern-day equivalents. Finally, discussion (or essay) questions to address the themes of the poem: adulthood, coming of age, etc. This lesson is adaptable to a variety of levels.

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  • PLEASE check other areas of the site for more MIDDLE SCHOOL materials. Many materials are multi-aged. Check out the theme units and teaching extras, book units, etc.