New!! This huge bundle includes 8 of our super fun and engaging resources!
Welcome to My Fairy tale
Weak Words Dead and Gone
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
Middle School ELA End of the Year Activities
The Emperor's New Clothes Readers' Theater and More
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Movie Test
An Inquiry Based Project ~ Writing a Children's Book
Oh Rats! It's the End of the Year ELA Packet
Read on to find out the specifics of each of these resources!
1. Middle School ELA End of the Year Activities
You will find the following activities included in this packet:
Dear Future Self: This fun activity will have your students looking to the future!
Ode to the 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade – With this activity, your students will write an ode to say goodbye to the year. Everything is included to guide students through the process including brainstorming sheets and a sample ode!
Autobio Alphabet Flower – Students will fill out a cute flower containing information about themselves from A to Z! This is a perfect activity to fill in work one of the last school days.
Silent Story Pass – Students will love this activity, and because it requires no talking, so will you! Ten handouts are included with creative titles. Students will write for two minutes then pass the story to the next student who will continue the story for two minutes. Rules are included to help this activity perfect!
Idiom Charades – This activity will get the whole class up, active, and involved. You will divide your students into teams. Directions and the idioms needed are all included!
Text Message to Next Year’s Students – This activity requires students to write a short message to next year’s students. Directions, suggestions, and a cell-phone cut-out are included!
Plus, a page of even more ideas are included!
2. An Inquiry Based Project – Welcome to My Fairy tale
In this unit, your students will use a classic fairy tale as a spring board for their own creative dramatic production! Students will become playwrights, actors, producers, and critics. The process will be as follows:
In small groups, students will decide on a fairy tale to use – or you can assign one to each group. Use our list of fairy tales to help make selections!
Students will make humorous updates to one classic story. They will modernize the original fairy tale by changing a couple of story elements. Use our “Fairy tale Twister” handout to guide students in this process. We also provide a completed student sample for you to show to students. A writing sample always helps when instructing students!
Next, students will work together to write their script. Each skit should be no longer than four scenes. Use our student instruction page, prewriting forms and checklists as guides. Student samples are also provided! It usually takes about a week for students to brainstorm, complete the prewriting forms and write the skits.
Once the script is complete, students will have the option to create a commercial to accompany their skit. Your students can use the propaganda technique handout to aid in the selection of a persuasive form. Then allow groups to complete our “Magic Commercial" handout to prepare. Again, we provide a student sample!
Finally, students will present their skits and commercials to the class. Groups can assess each other using the student response forms.
Use our teacher forms and rubrics to help you grade this creative writing project! Everything is ready for you to have a smooth end of the year activity that will be fun and engaging for your students. They will be creating, writing, speaking, listening, and even evaluating.
All of the forms, student samples, and rubrics will make this creative writing opportunity simple to use. Your students will love it!
3. Weak Words Dead and Gone
This book is primarily designed for teachers of writing grades five through nine. With the help of this unit, your students will have fun as they lay to rest those words that weaken their writing! The teaching unit includes teaching handouts and directions to hold your own DEAD WORD FUNERAL.
On this special school day, your students will dress the part, act the part, and complete eulogies and obituaries for a word that they will commit to no longer using in writing assignments. Our entire unit contains samples of eulogies and obituaries, fill-in-the blank forms for writing a eulogy and obituary, “hymns” for the dead word funeral, student handouts explaining the project, a teacher rubric, and more! Weak Words Dead and Gone takes a cool, fun, and effective approach to teach kids to use strong words in their writing!
4. An Inquiry Based Project – Write a Children’s Book
Have your students write and illustrate a children's book! Our seventh graders plan their own stories, draft, revise, edit, and illustrate them.
This teaching unit has everything you need to guide your students through the process!
5. “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” – A Fun Poetry Analysis
This packet contains activities and questions to accompany the poem "Autobiography in Five Short Chapters" by Portia Nelson. This poem is very meaningful and unforgettable, and perfect for an end of the year activity!
First, students will independently complete a close read of the poem. A YouTube video of the poem can then be shown. We include the link to the video that we show. All students love watching a video!
Next, there are questions to guide students in understanding the deeper meaning of the poem. After a discussion of the questions, students will take a look at their own lives and complete an activity in which they relate the meaning of the poem to themselves.
Handouts are included for each step of the lesson.
6. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Readers’ Theater and More!
This teaching unit provides the story "The Emperor's New Clothes" in a readers' theater format. Readers' Theater is one of the BEST ways to read in an upper elementary or middle school classroom. This unit also includes activities in which students will analyze theme, irony, and plot. Keep reading to see specifics of each activity.
The following is included:
Readers’ Theater- There is a script that you can print and distribute for a fun and effective way to read the story. Plus, directions are included for different ways to read the script. You have the option of reading together as a class or in small groups.
Comprehension check – There are five basic comprehension questions that you can give after the initial reading.
Irony in the story – This handout defines the types of irony and has students identify two of the types which are at work in the story.
Theme – There are several handouts included to guide students in determining the theme of this story, including a handout with important tips when finding the theme.
Plot diagram – A handout is provided which explains the parts of plot and gives tips on figuring out the parts. Plus, there is a handout so students can map out the parts of plot for The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Constructive Response Questions – A handout is included giving tips on how to correctly answer a constructive response question. A very useful handout is provided that shows correct and incorrect ways to answer a constructive response question. Then, of course, there are constructive response questions based on the story for students to answer.
A fun poetry activity is included as well!
Answer keys are provided!
No prep is needed! Everything is ready for you to print and teach! Buy now and use for years to come!
7. Oh Rats! Middle School End of the Year Packet
This packet is perfect for the end of the year! It will take about five days to complete, and everything is ready for you to print and go! This packet is all about rats! After doing some research on mice and rats, students will read an informational article, a poem, and two fables about these rodents. Then, they will get to watch the movie The Tale of Despereaux. A movie watching note-taking guide is included as well as a 30 question multiple choice test on the movie.
You can begin this unit by completing the KWL chart on rats. Then, if you have the technology available, allow students to research rats and complete a top 10 list of interesting facts about these rodents. Our packet includes a handout for the list. You could also allow half of the class to research mice and the other half rats. A top ten list is a fast way to present research, and it is easy to grade!
Allow students to read the informational article included in this packet titled “Destructive Habits of House Rats and Mice”. There are fifteen multiple choice questions to go along with this article.
Have students read the poem titled “The Rude Rat and The Unostentatious Oyster”. There are ten multiple choice questions to accompany this poem.
Have students read the two fables in the packet. There are five multiple choice questions that go with each of the fables.
Now, after all of this study and reading about rats, it’s time to watch a movie with a mouse as the main character and plenty of rats as characters too!
The Tale of Despereaux is a novel. The movie based on this novel, however, is much different. Allow students to use the note-taking guide in this packet while they watch the movie. Then give the test.
This packet would work great for emergency lesson plans too!
8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Movie Test
If you did not have time to read this wonderful book with your students this year and you would like to show the movie, then this will be perfect for you! This packet includes a note-taking guide for students to use while viewing the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. (The movie can be ordered on Amazon. It is 94 minutes long.)
There is a KWL chart for students to complete prior to watching the movie. While students watch the movie, they can use the provided Venn diagram to compare and contrast Bruno and Shmuel. There is also a list of discussion questions students can answer after the movie. A test is included (24 multiple choice questions, 4 short answer questions as well as 2 discussion questions) with the answer key.
This test is solely on the movie and not the novel. It is simply a test to use to make sure that students paid attention while watching the movie. Perfect for the last days of school! Enjoy!
While all of these resources are perfect for the end of the school year, they call also be used throughout the year. If you do not finish them all by the end of the year, you will look forward to using them next year!