Middle School Level English Language Arts Lesson Plans

  • 3D Model - This lesson helps students investigate setting. Students are asked to create a 3D model of one of the major settings in the book. They are challenged to include as many details as possible, including the time of day and season of the year.
  • Adjectives in Advertising - The student will be able to list adjectives that describe a popular product.
  1. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Word - Students will think critically about their interpretations of the events in an image and write about those ideas.
  2. Adjectives Using Poetry - Students will write an original lyrical poem using adjectives and descriptive language.
  3. Authors Purpose & Fact or Opinion - For students to be able to identify the authors purpose and to know what informal, persuasive and entertaining papers are.
  4. Beach Umbrella Writing-Main Idea - Using an Umbrella as a prop to teach Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Conclusion concepts.
  5. Bad Characters - Trial and Error - Students will be able to support their arguments with evidence from the text.
  6. Character Counts - Students will understand the importance of courtesy in school.
  7. Common or Proper Noun? - Students will be able to recognize and capitalize proper nouns with 90% accuracy.
  8. Direct Definition Context Clues - Use context clues and text structures to determine the meaning of unknown vocabulary.
  9. Does the Media make Us Numb? - I would like students to understand how the workings of the media influence our lives on a grander scale.
  10. Expository Writing In Context - We will have a competition to see who is the most persuasive and we will have 3 people read their stories at the assembly on Wednesday.
  11. Express Yourself! - Students will identify figurative language used in "A Long Way from Chicago" by Richard Peck with a 90% accuracy.
  12. Visualization While Reading - Help students give purpose to reading.
  13. Mixed Bag Vocabulary - Students will be given 5 completely unfamiliar vocabulary words.
  14. Final K Sound - Students will use coding to sound out unknown words identify key elements.
  15. Ghost Canoe - Students work on their reading comprehension via visualization while we are reading the book "Ghost Canoe".
  16. Halloween Newsletter - Create a newsletter based on the attached research about the history of Halloween, jack-o'-lanterns, costumes, the name Halloween, and other topics.
  17. Hot Words for the SAT - Students will build their word power.
  18. Identify and Use Pronouns - Student will be able to identify and apply in their writings the selected cases of pronouns.
  19. Idioms - Students will be able to figure out the meaning of common idioms with an 80% accuracy by the end of the lesson.
  20. Introductory Paragraph Lesson - The student will be able to identify, understand, and create their own introductory paragraph to an essay.
  21. Independent and Shared Reading - Students will: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylish elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning.
  22. James and the Giant Peach - Show students the book and determine what they know about the book.
  23. Letter Writing - The students will be writing a personal-business block style letter and a narrative essay.
  24. Listening and Speaking Skill - Conversation skills for grocery shopping.
  25. "Lost Generation" - The students will be engaged and on task as demonstrated by active listening and watching the video, participation in the discussion both before and afterwards.
  26. Love of Learning - To teach them that argumentative writing weaves into movie reviews and restaurant reviews that all comes under the umbrella of persuasive writing.
  27. Making a Recipe - Recipe including a variety of vocabulary related to cooking.
  28. Making Brochures: Trip to Mars - Students will construct a travel brochure advertising a fantastical trip to Mars.
  29. Making Connections - The students will be able to identify the characteristic of mysteries, learn to make predictions and create possible outcomes.
  30. Monster Exchange - How do we create directions for drawing a monster?
  31. Narrative Essay - The students will orally present a 5-Paragraph essay based on the Rainbow Writing method.
  32. Narrative Fairytales First Steps - Test their growing knowledge of narrative elements without the assistance of the teacher.
  33. Olagbegi's Etymology - This course will teach prefixes, suffixes, root words, and grammar of different languages relative to English.
  34. Open-Ended Questioning - Students will distinguish between open and closed questions and will create their own open-ended questions to strengthen their comprehension skills.
  35. Parts of a Paragraph - Analyze the paragraphs of a selection from a book. Identify the topic sentences and main ideas of a paragraph.
  36. "Passports-Travelling Back In Time - To examine and analyze a culture and traditions that many are unfamiliar with in their own lives.
  37. Personal Essays - Examining the structure of Personal Essays to determine how to form a working thesis.
  38. Poetry in Action - Students will increase their understanding of poetry, and become poets themselves.
  39. Prefix Spin - This lesson will focus on vocabulary building and increased knowledge of prefix usage.
  40. Prefix/Suffix Review - How to separate them and create new words using them.
  41. Punctuation - Students will be able to express how and when to employ the dash, the hyphen, parentheses, and semicolon's in sentences.
  42. The Outsiders Vocabulary - Students build vocabulary and use it outside of the classroom.
  43. Reader Response Journal - To gain insight and empathy to many various contents in the book (The Watsons Go to Birmingham), but especially regarding racism, prejudice, and discrimination.
  44. Reading Strategies - Reading strategies help students develop a new way to read develop critical thinking skills.
  45. Reading & Understanding a Story - Students should be able to read and understand the story through a "Vocal Reading".
  46. Reading Into Context and Meaning - To get the students to visualize the content of the letter, and to think about the details.
  47. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry - The goal in this class is to promote reading fluency, comprehension, and writing.
  48. Run-on Sentences - The student will be able to break a run-on sentence into smaller sentences.
  49. Seasons in Poetry - Students will be able to learn what alliteration is, how it works to establish "word music" for the reader's ear, and how to apply it in their own writing.
  50. Selena: Biography and Vocabulary - Develop interest in biographies.
  51. Starting Language Arts Class - Students will understand the expectations for their behavior and the expectations that I have for this years Language Arts, Reading, and Native Literature classes.
  52. Sticks and Stones - At the conclusion of this lesson, students will understand the power their words have on other classmates.
  53. Synonyms & Antonyms - Students will better understand the terms synonym and antonym.
  54. Target Audience in Advertising - Students will complete a graphic organizer and write a paragraph describing how they came to the conclusion of which target audience a given television commercial was designed for.
  55. Text Interaction - To demonstrate various strategies to aid student comprehension, motivation, interest and interaction with text.
  56. The Different Types of Writing - This topic will be noted by students by the techniques that they learned at the simple note taking lesson.
  57. The Highwayman - The evaluation of figurative language in narrative poetry by determining the effect of this language compared to stating something "literally".
  58. The Johnstown Flood - To develop and increase reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary identification, understanding, and usage.
  59. The Most Dangerous Game - Part 4 - To analyze the impact of setting on a character's traits and emotions To use descriptive adjectives and nouns to compare Sanger Rainsford & General Zaroff.
  60. The Proper Use of Adjectives - Demonstrate the ability to learn about adjectives.
  61. The Wave - Addressing the issue of peer pressure in society and in the novel the wave.
  62. Trapped by Fear - The student will be able to define and address Main Idea and Supporting details.
  63. Trino's Choice - Context Clues - Students will be able to use self-monitored reading using learned strategies.
  64. Understanding Nouns - When reading sentences, students will be able to distinguish nouns from other parts of grammar; like pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs.
  65. Using Inferences - How can we determine the nature of the relationship between T-Ray and Lily using Inferences?
  66. Vivid Verbs and Adjectives - Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of incorporating vivid verbs and descriptive adjectives in their narratives.
  67. Vocabulary Jeopardy - This lesson will focus on vocabulary building and recognition using text related vocabulary in a Jeopardy game.
  68. What are acronyms? - What sorts of acronyms exist in folk tales and short stories?
  69. Writing Fix - What If... - Each Student will refer to the 6 traits of writing to create their own imaginative 3 stanza poem concentrating on word choice.
  70. Writing Opening to a Narrative - Students will be able to write an opening to a narrative that hooks the reader and creates suspense.
  71. Working With Adjectives - The students will broaden their knowledge about adjectives through using them to describe both objects and music.
  72. Writing holiday postcards - Using the present and past tenses.
  73. Writing Reviews - Understand, respond to, and use written language effectively in a range of contexts.
  74. You Know You Want to Do It My Way - TLW use the key components of a written essay.

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