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Will seriously vouch for KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES. Read this aloud 4-5 nights a week for several months with all the kids. Excellent, excellent family fun. Shannon Messenger is brilliant.

24 Short Stories for Middle School (My Top Three Picks: 1st = #23, 2nd = #17, and 3rd = #2 (excerpt from novel)

Middle School Me Newspaper folder project for goal-setting, student-led conferences or portfolios. I used these with my homeroom and the kids loved them! $2.00

Tuck Everlasting is a timeless novel that everyone should read at least once. This is the perfect unit for your middle school students to enhance their work and understanding of the novel. This 40-page unit includes: -18 pages of reader response questions -5 pages of context clue word work -character analysis work -figurative language work -post-reading reflection journals -a character map -a table of contents to keep track of all materials -answer key

Inference chart from ELA in the Middle | Middle School English Language Arts

Six Word Memoir - Use as beginning of the year get-to-know-you activity & put on classroom community bulletin board for display. Update throughout the school year with new ones as we grow.

{freebie} this is a great resource to teaching middle school students to write! It offers great advice at creating a writing workshop structure in the middle school.

Character Project for ANY Novel! Covers character traits, conflict, and change. Free assignment sheet and rubric included.

Character Trait Analysis for Guided Reading- students must show evidence for their answer! FREE!

I Funny: A Middle School Story Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down.

Short Stories - Middle School or older...or a mature, gifted child, if younger but already reads at 6th grade level

One of the first novels I ever read. Beautiful book for middle school kids. Seriously opened my eyes to reading.