Language Arts: Middle School Games

These games will help middle school students explore writing and word meanings as well as encourage critical thinking in reading.  The games are from such sites as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a large international learning company, Beacon Learning Center, Merriam-Webster, and the Adult Literacy Media Alliance If you have similar games to share, add them in the "comments" section on the bottom of this page.


Which Writing
is Right?

Expository writing is a style used to present facts and ideas.  Click the clipboard to reveal some writing samples and decide whether or not they fit the category of expository writing. 

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Wacky Web Tales

Create a funny story by filling in the blanks with random words that correspond to the appropriate part of speech or prompt.


Trailblazing Introductions

 It's normal to sometimes feel lost while writing an introduction to your essay or story.  Practice 'marking the trail' of these introductory paragraphs and learn what clues to put in your introduction that will how to hold your readers' interest.

Trailblazing Conclusions


This exercise helps writers 'lasso' the skills needed for writer a strong conclusion.
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 Prefix Mix

Learn the difference between the prefixes 'pre' and 'post' by completing the sentences with the correct word.  Feedback for all answers is given.
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Prefixes Make New Words


Practice using various prefixes. Drag-and-drop them to complete the sentences.
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Will your language skills blossom or wilt? Control the flight of the Robo-Bee through a garden of synonyms, antonyms, spelling and word usage puzzles!

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Build Your Own Dictionary

You're the author of this unique dictionary, so you can decide which words belong in it.  Fill in the boxes to submit the word.
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 Writer's Block


Here kids join together to help build a story block by block!  Help finish a story by adding ideas.  One week each month, a new story will begin.  Post ideas for the middle and ending of the story.

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Character Scrapbook

This reader's response activity can be used to analyze the character of any book.