New Year's Reading & Writing Activities Middle School DIGITAL and PRINT

Rated 4.84 out of 5, based on 46 reviews
46 Ratings
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
Formats Included
  • Zip
32 pages
Share this resource
Report this resource to TPT
Also included in
  1. This January Reading & Writing Activities Bundle for your middle school students includes our FOUR January resources (and will be updated with any future January resources we create)! This bundle will save you 25%! Includes over 65 pages of content for your classroom!JANUARY RESOURCES INCLUDED I
    Price $14.50Original Price $19.00Save $4.50
  2. This year-long reading and writing bundle includes 24 RESOURCES/ACTIVITIES - THAT'S OVER 500+ PAGES of quality, engaging reading and writing content that incorporates all of the big holidays! This bundle will take you from August/September all the way through to May/June!!WHEN YOU PURCHASE THIS BUND
    Price $90.00Original Price $129.25Save $39.25
  3. These Nine Short Stories included in this bundle are perfect for your middle school classroom! Incorporating more short stories into your curriculum can result in higher student engagement, increased proficiency in citing and justifying textual evidence, and more complex analysis just to name a few!
    Price $52.00Original Price $67.75Save $15.75


This DIGITAL and PRINT New Year's Unit & Activities for Middle School and High School is the PERFECT and easiest way to bring in the New Year with your students!

This unit and activities are focused around the short story "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes. This short story is perfect to read at the start of a new year as it focuses on fresh starts and new beginnings - just as the new year does for most people! This is a challenging, yet fun, evidence-based unit that requires students to provide logic and argumentation for their claims. We have also included teacher notes for your use to help you more effectively teach this unit. (Please note due to copyright law, we cannot provide you with the complete text.)

Activities include work with inference skills, logic, argumentation, critical analysis and thinking, characterization, theme, and point of view.


- Teacher Notes: Key discussion points included to help you lead whole-class discussions and reading.

- Five Words Preview Activity: In order to engage students in the reading of “Thank You, M’am,” you will be asking them to write their own anticipatory paragraph explaining what they believe the story will be about.

- Types of Conflict Activity: Students will work with the two types of conflict and find evidence from the text to support and justify their reasoning.

- 6 Critical Thinking Task Cards: Use these task cards to review, lead whole-group or small-group discussion, or a Socratic Seminar. All questions are thought-provoking and challenging.

- New Year's Resolution Activity: Students will create their own New Year’s resolutions and will discuss how they are going to have a fresh start much in the same way Mrs. Jones gives Roger a fresh start, all while focusing on one theme from the short story.

- Haiku Activity: Students write their own haikus from Roger's perspective, all relating to how they plan on making a change for the better in the new year.

- Thank You Note Activity & Rubric: Students will write a thank you note from Roger’s point of view expressing his gratitude to Mrs. Jones for her kindness.

- Essay Question & Rubric: Students will compose a response to literature focused on a challenging prompt that requires them to analyze the text in a deeper way.

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to copyright law, we are unable to provide you with the complete text of this short story.


- New Years Instagram Flip Book Activity

- 30-Day Classroom Community Challenge

- Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit & Activity for Middle School

- Reading Response Choice Board

Also, make sure to follow us to be notified when we upload new resources! We always do a special discount when we release a new resource, so it pays to follow us!

Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
Report this resource to TPT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TPT’s content guidelines.


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.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


Questions & Answers


TPT empowers educators to teach at their best.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up