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Middle School Junior High Literature Activities

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  • 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 '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 '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: 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.
  • 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: 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 '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: 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.
  • [member-created using abctools] From "alliteration" to "stanza". These vocabulary building word strips are great for word walls.
  • 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

  • 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 '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: 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: 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.
  • A folktale from Vietnam, with vocabulary, short answer comprehension questions, and a writing prompt.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Notes

  • 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.