Middle Language Arts Activities (Grades 6-8)

Middle Language Arts Activities (Grades 6-8)
As Quiet As a?

Demonstrates consistent and effective use of interpersonal and academic vocabularies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Understands various elements of an author’s craft (in this case, similes).

Basic thinking tool: Brainstorming


Understands various elements of the author’s craft including word choice, symbolism, figurative language, mood, irony, persuasion techniques, and point of view.
Understands how mood or meaning is conveyed in poetry such as word choice, dialect, invented words, concrete or abstract terms, sensory or figurative language, use of sentence structure, line length, punctuation, and rhythm.

Basic thinking tool: SCAMPER

I’m a Writer…

Generates, selects and uses appropriate formats for writing, including narrative, persuasive, and expository formats, according to intended audience, purpose, and occasion.

Basic thinking tool: Morphological Matrix

Persuasive Pleas

Demonstrates use of a variety of reference materials, including indexes, magazines, newspapers and journals, and tools, including card catalogs and computer
Demonstrates the ability to organize information before writing according to the type and purpose of writing.
Selects and uses appropriate formats for writing, including narrative, persuasive, and expository formats according to the intended audience, purpose, and occasion.

Basic thinking tool: Hits/Hot Spots

Word Art

Understands how volume, stress, pacing, and pronunciation can positively or negatively affect an oral presentation.
Selects language that shapes reactions, perceptions, and beliefs.
Incorporates audiovisual aids in presentations.

Basic thinking tool: ALoU

Book Share

Determines the main idea or essential message in a text and identifies relevant details and facts and patterns of organization.
Speaks for various occasions, audiences, and purposes, including conversations, discussions, projects, and informational, persuasive, or technical presentations.
Responds critically to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama.

Basic thinking tool: Evaluation Matrix

The Game’s Afoot

Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.

Basic thinking tool: Force-Fitting

History Mystery Chronicles

Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process
Gathers and uses information for research purposes

Basic thinking tool: Attribute Listing

Playing Around with Playwriting

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.
Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.

Basic thinking tool: Paired Comparisons

Media Savvy

Understands the characteristics and components of the media.
Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
Gathers and uses information for research purposes.

Basic thinking tool: Sequencing SML

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