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Middle School Junior High Book Units

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  • Use this 'Book: When Africa Was Home (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: When Africa Was Home (upper elem/middle)'. A mini-unit, featuring comprehension questions and vocabulary builders, designed to enhance Karen Williams' book; perfect for integration into a "What does 'home' mean?" lesson.
  • Use this 'Book: C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew (elem/upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew (elem/upper elem)'. Reading comprehension questions for each of the chapters in this book from the children's literature classic series "The Chronicles of Narnia". Includes answer sheet.
  • Use this 'Book: The Witch of Blackbird Pond (upper elem/ middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: The Witch of Blackbird Pond (upper elem/ middle)'. Chapter-by-chapter questions review comprehension of Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery winner about a girl growing up (and not fitting in) in 1680s Puritan America.
  • Use this 'Book: Treasure Island (middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Treasure Island (middle school)'. Vocabulary, short answer comprehension, and essay questions to review Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story of growing up among pirates.
  • Vocabulary, short comprehension, and essay question to review J.M. Barrie’s classic novel about the boy who wouldn’t grow up.
  • "Once upon a time there were Five Chinese Brothers and they all looked exactly alike..." Reinforce the vocabulary and review comprehension of Claire Huchet Bishop's retelling of a Chinese folktale.
  • Use this 'Word Wall: "A Christmas Carol" (picture)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Word Wall: "A Christmas Carol" (picture)'. From "Bob Cratchit" to "wealthy". These vocabulary building word strips with a picture of Scrooge at his desk are great for word walls. Use for sentence strips, spelling and vocabulary practice. Enhances vocabulary in the Charles Dickens classic.
  • Use this 'Book: A Year Down Yonder (upper elem/ middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: A Year Down Yonder (upper elem/ middle)'. Chapter-by-chapter comprehension, vocabulary, and writing questions to accompany Richard Peck's Newbery-winning (2000) novel about a Chicago girl who spends a year of the Depression with her intimidating grandmother in a rural town.
  • Use this 'Book: The Tale of Despereaux (upper elementary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: The Tale of Despereaux (upper elementary)'. Review some of the more difficult vocabulary from the 2004 Newbery winner, organized by chapters.
  • Review comprehension of Deborah and James Howes' popular story of a rabbit that is a vampire... or is it?
  • Use this 'Book: What Lives in a Shell? (elementary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: What Lives in a Shell? (elementary)'. Vocabulary and comprehension exercises enhance the book by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.
  • Use this 'Book: Lemony Snicket's "The Bad Beginning" (vocabulary) (elem/upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Lemony Snicket's "The Bad Beginning" (vocabulary) (elem/upper elem)'. This unit is built on the vocabulary presented in the first of the "Series of Unfortunate Events". Students fill in the vocabulary as defined in the book, and then verify the meanings against dictionary definitions.
  • Use this 'Book: Tom Sawyer (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Tom Sawyer (upper elem/middle)'. This fantastic unit guides students through one of America's best loved stories and offers the opportunity for a deeper understanding of Mark Twain's classic. Chapter-by-chapter work on vocabulary, setting, history, and other relevant topics; news writing; comprehension review, short answer questions and essay prompts for the whole book... and more!
  • Use this 'Book Unit: The Sneetches (elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book Unit: The Sneetches (elem)'. This book unit is based on Dr. Seuss' book, The Sneetches. It addresses diversity, equality and tolerance. The unit includes comprehension questions, pre- and post-writing activities as well as a rhyming word lesson.
  • Use this 'Book: The Tale of Despereaux (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: The Tale of Despereaux (upper elem/middle)'. Knowledge, comprehension, application (word problems), analysis, synthesis, and evaluation questions to review the 2004 Newbery winner by Kate DiCamillo.
  • 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

  • Use this 'Book: Bud, Not Buddy (upper elem/ middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Bud, Not Buddy (upper elem/ middle)'. Questions to review characters and comprehension in Christopher Paul Curtis' Newbery winning (2000) story of a boy's search for his father.
  • Vocabulary unscramble, word search, crossword, multiple choice and short answer comprehension questions, and writing prompts to go with Roald Dahl's 1961 classic about the adventures of James and his insect friends in a runaway giant peach.
  • Use this 'Book: Al Capone Does My Shirts (upper elementary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Al Capone Does My Shirts (upper elementary)'. Comprehension questions review Gennifer Choldenko's Newbery Honor novel about a boy growing up on Alcatraz Island.
  • Use this 'Book: Bud, Not Buddy (upper elem/ middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Bud, Not Buddy (upper elem/ middle)'. Chapter-by-chapter comprehension and vocabulary work to enhance Christopher Paul Curtis' Newbery winning (2000) story of a boy's search for his father.
  • An introduction to the famous Grimm brothers, the source of their stories and their motivations for collecting them, and a reflection on the stories' resonance today are all presented in this reading comprehension.
  • Use this 'Book: Dear Mr. Henshaw (upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Dear Mr. Henshaw (upper elem)'. Review comprehension of Beverly Cleary's 1984 Newbery winner about a boy's correspondence with a real live author.
  • Comprehension questions and short answer writing prompts to review Natalie Babbitt's popular story of a family that doesn't age.
  • Use this 'Book: Where the Red Fern Grows (middle school)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Where the Red Fern Grows (middle school)'. Vocabulary, short comprehension, and essay question to review Wilson Rawls' story about a boy growing up and raising dogs in the Ozarks.
  • Use this 'Book: The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 (upper elem/middle)'. Enhances Christopher Paul Curtis's historical novel (winner of the Newbery Prize) with event sequencing and a cloze comprehension exercise.
  • Use this 'Book: If You Grew Up with George Washington (elem/upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: If You Grew Up with George Washington (elem/upper elem)'. This vocabulary enhancer works well with or without the book by Ruth Belov Gross about the life and times of George Washington.
  • Use this 'Book: Flowers for Algernon (middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Flowers for Algernon (middle)'. Combining critical thinking and comprehension skills with a strong student-driven approach to the different types of intelligence, this double unit is a fantastic enhancement for Daniel Keyes' modern classic tale of intelligence gained and lost. This is one of many book lessons on our member site.
  • Enhance Pearl S. Buck's story of a Japanese tsunami with vocabulary review comprehension questions and creative writing prompts.
  • This unit takes a different approach to Grimm. Starting with a straight reading of six stories (available in one download on abcteach), the unit then addresses deeper meanings (What does Cinderella's shoe symbolize?), and finishes with a humorous approach (what would a social worker say about Hansel and Gretel?)
  • Use this 'Book: Holes (upper elementary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Holes (upper elementary)'. Chapter-by-chapter comprehension, vocabulary, and writing questions to accompany Louis Sachar's Newbery-winning (1999) novel of a camp that is not what it seems.
  • Comprehension questions to review Deborah Hopkinson's hisorical novel of a brave slave girl's map to freedom.
  • Use this 'Book: The Monkey's Paw (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: The Monkey's Paw (upper elem/middle)'. A fantastic supplemental unit for W.W. Jacob's tale of the horrible side of getting what you wish for. Creative interpretation, inference development, suspense analysis, and more.
  • Use this 'Book: Molly's Pilgrim (upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Molly's Pilgrim (upper elem)'. The pages for this book unit include: 1 page of background information and suggested activities and discussion topics; a writing activity on moving to a new country; a writing activity about a time when you felt that you were different from others; an story boarding activity; a compare and contrast activity including Venn Diagram; templates for differentiated activities choices; and templates for rubrics and scoring student work; a word search and answer key. (11 pages)
  • Use this 'Book: Sarah, Plain and Tall (elem/upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Sarah, Plain and Tall (elem/upper elem)'. Worksheet for character understanding, chapter-by-chapter summary questions, comprehension questions, and writing prompts to go with Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery-winning tale of a woman who cares for a widower and his children in the turn-of-the-century midwest.
  • Use this 'Book: Hatchet (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Hatchet (upper elem/middle)'. The Newbery-winning novel Hatchet (by Gary Paulsen) is a popular book, even among reluctant readers. Expand your reading with a chapter summary sheet, vocabulary expansion exercises, comprehension review, and MUCH more.
  • Use this 'Book: Sign of the Beaver (upper elementary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Sign of the Beaver (upper elementary)'. Chapter-by-chapter comprehension and writing prompts to accompany Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery Award-winning story of growing friendship and respect between two boys: a white settler and a Native American.
  • Use this 'Book: C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - vocabulary (elem/upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - vocabulary (elem/upper elem)'. Review the more challenging vocabulary in the book, both in context and by dictionary definition. Arranged by chapter. This lesson includes a detailed answer sheet. A complete set of "The Chronicles of Narnia" lessons is available on our member site.
  • A reading comprehension biography about Dickens, followed by activities like "Write Your Own Christmas Carol" and "Match the Quote to the Book" and more.
  • Use this 'Book Comprehension: Romance Genre' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book Comprehension: Romance Genre'. "When the two main characters initially meet, what is the source of conflict?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any romance book (from Jane Austen to Meg Cabot). An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • The texts for six of Grimm's stories (The Frog King, Bearskin, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, King Thrushbeard, and Cinderella), translated into English from the original German. Available to accompany our "Grimm Stories" unit, or just for entertaining reading.