Most of my sixth graders come to middle school without a firm grasp on various genres. In the secondary language arts classroom, I see how much my students need to understand genre to understand LITERATURE! I created these literary genre station activities to give my students some experience with genres at the beginning of the year, but they can be used at any time!
Make teaching main idea and key details easy with this no-prep minilesson! With this complete resource, you’ll get an editable slide deck, three original nonfiction text passages with paired reading comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and more to help your students identify the central idea and supporting details. The passages explore the fascinating world of bees and would pair well with any science unit on ecology, ecosystems, and the food chain.
If coming up with thorough & engaging middle school reading units that address the major elements of literature has ever made you feel frustrated, overwhelmed, or even unsure, I made this bundle of mini-units just for you. This mega-bundle will become your complete toolkit for teaching the elements of literature this year!
This set of New Year’s Station Activities is the perfect way to welcome your students back to school and get them excited about the upcoming year. These stations will build your classroom community and encourage your students to reflect on the past year while planning for the future. Engage your students and help them start off the year on the right foot with these creative and fun stations!
Students love this interactive nonfiction text features scavenger hunt and collage activity because they get an opportunity to review text features in a hands-on way! With this complete resource, you’ll get an editable slideshow, a thorough text features notetaker, and two text features activities for students to complete. Both printable and digital versions are included!
Teach nonfiction text structures in a clear and organized way with this one-stop Text Structures bundle! This robust teaching resource includes a mini-lesson, high-interest informational text passages, text structure graphic organizers, and standards-aligned question sets to help you teach text structures in an engaging way.
Do your students need practice with the plot diagram? I’ve got you covered! With this no-prep mini-lesson, you’ll have everything you need to teach your students the plot structure and give them plenty of opportunities to practice. From Pixar shorts to podcasts to Greek Myths, mastering the plot elements has never been easier!
Make teaching poetry forms and structure fun with this complete mini-lesson and an interactive scavenger hunt! This Poetry Structure mini-lesson includes a no-prep editable presentation, a student note catcher, two practice worksheets, and a fun question trail review. This makes the perfect lesson for exploring poetry structures in an easy and engaging way. Quick and easy setup, plus digital options for virtual learners or tech-infused classrooms!
Want to end your poetry unit on a high note? Why not encourage students to “GLOW WHAT YOU KNOW” with these Poetry Glow Day Stations? Students will be so engaged with the environment of the task that they won’t even realize they are analyzing poetry! What’s better is that this activity can be used with ANY poem.
Teaching your point of view mini-lesson is effortless & engaging with this complete resource! Save valuable planning time and give your students the tools they need to understand first, second, and third person P.O.V. Using the editable slideshow, you’ll have everything you need to teach your lesson. Then, send your students on a scavenger hunt to find examples of each. Afterward, they will watch short films and evaluate the impact of each point of view.
Are you searching high and low for engaging & interactive activities featuring Ray Bradbury’s short stories? Stop the search and look no further than this Ray Bradbury Short Story Bundle that includes activities, worksheets, and escape rooms for “The Veldt” and “Zero Hour.” These two dystopian short stories offer a chilling warning about the dangers of technology and the minds of our youth.
Ray Bradbury’s short stories are always a hit with the students. This bundle of “The Veldt Activities & Escape Room” is no different! These short storyactivities and culminating escaperoom will ensure the dystopian short story is memorable for years to come. You’ll receive engaging and creative activities that will encourage your students to interact with The Veldt in various, high-level ways.
Looking for a new scary story to study this fall? Try a Ray Bradbury favorite – Zero Hour! This packet of Zero Hour short story activities and worksheets will give your students plenty of engaging ways to interact with the scary story. A wide variety of no-prep activities are included, making it easy for you to differentiate your instruction, extend the learning for your early finishers, or provide student choice. Printable? Digital? It’s all included to save YOU time.
As you wrap up your short-story or novel with your students, consider reviewing the elements of fiction with these story element analysis stations! Your students will analyze how the author develops the characters, conflict, plot, setting, and theme in an engaging and creative way. They’ll appreciate the choice and open-ended questions, and you’ll enjoy using this resource again and again with any text!
Are you teaching Refugee by Alan Gratz and looking for an opportunity to build background knowledge and strengthen real-world connections? Check out my Refugee Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages for novel-based informational text passages with standards-aligned comprehension checks.
This paired passage set includes four nonfiction texts that provide critical background information to complement events in the novel.
Take your Refugee novel study to the next level with these interactive, high-quality activities! You’ll love these unique Refugee novel activities and worksheets that encourage students to use important reading, writing, and thinking skills.