Middle Grades ELA Common Core Toolbox: Printables for Nearly Every Standard

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The Middle Grades ELA Common Core Toolbox contains 77 learning activities aligned to the CCSS for grades 6-8. It includes printables that can be used multiple times throughout the year to address nearly all of the standards in reading literature and informational texts, and many of the speaking and listening, writing, and language standards. It also has two pages of writing prompts and warm-ups. The Standards Guide at the end details the CCSS that correspond to each printable.

Three grade levels in one book allows for differentiation for both gifted and special education students.

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Assignment/Grade Level(s)

Part I: Reading Literature
Character Description (6-8)
What’s the Theme? (6-8)
5-Box Plot Diagram (6)
Dynamic Character Plot Line (6)
Setting Shapes Stories (7)
Character’s Perspective (8)
Figurative Language in Literature (6-8)
Denotation and Connotation in Literature (6-8)
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, parts 1-6 (6)
Poem Structure and Meaning (7-8)
First-Person Point of View (6)
Contrasting Points of View (7)
Points of View (8)
The Book vs. the Movie (6)
Compare and Contrast Literature and a Presentation (6-8)
Compare and Contrast Literary Genres (6)
Historical Fiction vs. Historical Account (7)
Elements of Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works in Modern
Literature (8)

Part II: Reading Informational Texts
Three Main Ideas (6-8)
Individuals, Events & Ideas A (6)
Individuals, Events & Ideas B (7-8)
Figurative Language in Informational Texts (6-8)
Denotation and Connotation in Informational Texts (6-8)
Technical Language in Informational Texts (6-8)
Text Structure: Chronological Order (6-8)
Text Structure: Compare and Contrast (6-8)
Text Structure: Order of Importance (6-8)
Text Structure: Sequence (6-8)
Text Structure: Spatial (6-8)
Text Structure: Cause and Effect (6-8)
Text Structure: Problem and Solution (6-8)
Author’s Purpose and Point of View (A) (6)
Author’s Purpose (7)
Author’s Purpose and Point of View (B) (8)
Evaluating Media for Presenting a Topic (8)
Argument in Informational Text (6-8)
Different Perspectives on the Same Topic (8)

Part III: Speaking and Listening
Three Main Ideas from a Presentation (7)
Argument in a Speech (6-8)

Part IV: Writing
Comparison Transitions (6-8)
Contrast Transitions (6-8)
What Are Your Goals? (6-8)
Vivid Verbs (6-8)
Writing Planner: Presenting an Argument (6-8)
Writing Planner: Informative/Explanatory (6-8)
Common Core Writing Prompts (6-8)
Figurative Language Warm-Ups & Poem Prompts (6-8)

Part V: Language
Lay and Lie (6-8)
Pronoun Case (6)
Pronouns & Antecedents: Agreement in Number and Person (6)
Pronouns & Antecedents: Recognizing Vague Pronouns (6)
Punctuating Dialogue (6-8)
Alliteration (6-8)
Analogies (6-8)

Part VI: Standards Guide

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.


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