Middle School

English

Unit information

Tools and Resources



Templates from Edmentum

Here you will find all the different templates that are hyperlinked in Edmentum classes. These are here, in case you cannot get them to load in Edmentum. I also added templates I have used with different courses.

Outline Template

Outline Template

Persuasive Essay format from Zoom today 12/7
Thesis statement writing with 3 supporting reasons


6th-8th grade syllabi

6th grade All reading happens inside the course

7th grade Novel Choices 2nd semester

In Unit 4 of this course, you’ll choose one of the following novels to read.

You will need to get a copy from your school, a library, or some other source. (they are not provided)


📕The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

This story of self-discovery, bravery, and brotherhood revolves around a small, furry-toed hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. One day, Bilbo is visited by the great wizard Gandalf, who asks for his help to reclaim a treasure. Soon Bilbo is in the midst of a thrilling and adventurous journey with 12 dwarves. The group faces a number of enemies, ranging from trolls to goblins. But their greatest opponent is a powerful dragon named Smaug who guards the treasure they seek. Will they survive Smaug's wrath and reclaim what is rightfully theirs?

📘The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

This story features a battle of endurance between an experienced old fisherman and the biggest fish he has ever seen. When the story begins, the old man, Santiago, has failed to catch a single fish for 84 days. To change his luck, he decides to go deep into the Gulf Stream. On his very first day in the deep waters, Santiago manages to hook a big fish. But the fish is strong and resists every attempt to be reeled in. Santiago knows that he must exhaust the fish before he himself loses his will to defeat it. Will Santiago be successful? Or will his bad luck get the better of him?

📙A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

In this adventure through time and space, 13-year-old Meg Murry is an oddball at school who struggles with her self-image. After a surprise visit from a peculiar woman named Mrs. Whatsit, Meg embarks on a journey through dimensions and space in search of her missing father. She is joined by her younger brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin O’ Keefe. With some help from three mysterious beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, Meg and the boys land on the alien planet Camazotz. There they encounter an evil force called IT that has captured Mr. Murry. Will Meg and her friends succeed in rescuing her father and bringing him back home safely?

8th grade Novel choices 2nd semester

The Course Novel Unit

In Unit 3 of this course, you’ll choose one of the following novels to read.

Note: You will be able to read Little Women and Jane Eyre online. Links to these novels are provided in the course novel unit.

To read The Giver or A Separate Peace, you will need to get a copy from your school, a library, or some other source.

📕Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This coming-of-age story follows the lives of the March family members: a mother who is trying to make ends meet, a father who is serving in the Civil War, and four daughters who experience the ups and downs of becoming young women. The story focuses on the March girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Alcott takes readers through each of their lives as they face heartbreaks and hardships. These experiences help them grow as individuals. Yet, despite their differences, the love they share binds them together.

📗The Giver by Lois Lowry

This novel is set in a futuristic society that appears to be perfect. The community has done away with all unpleasant emotions. Its people experience no pain, hunger, anger, or grief. The story’s protagonist is a boy named Jonas who is assigned the job of Receiver. He must receive and store all of his community’s good and bad memories. Jonas receives these stored memories from an old man known as the Giver. In the process, he begins to understand the terrible cost his society has paid for perfection. Together, he and the Giver must decide what to do with this secret knowledge.

📘Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

In this tale, a courageous orphan faces challenges with honesty, passion, and courage. Brontë’s protagonist, Jane, learns to overcome pain early in life. The story follows her as she grows into a strong but lonely young woman. Eventually, Jane becomes the governess in a mansion owned by the wealthy and mysterious Edward Rochester. There she encounters hardship, intrigue, and the meaning of true love. Will Jane’s journey end happily?

📙A Separate Peace by John Knowles

This novel explores how our egos and insecurities get the better of our relationships. Knowles weaves a touching tale of two friends—Gene and Finny—who are opposites in many ways. While Gene has the intellect, Finny has the charm. While Gene is cautious, Finny is carefree. Their relationship changes when Finny falls out of a tree and breaks his leg. Gene knows something about what caused the accident, but will he ever admit the truth to Finny? Will his conscience ever be at peace?

6-8 Zoom Sessions PowerPoints


10/28/20 Writing Help session - Narrative vs. Informational essay, thesis statement, using a hook

10/26/20 Bias in Text and Accuracy in answering questions

11/9/20 Writing help session - using rubrics & completely following directions for higher scores; understanding Reading standards

ELA Writing help session - diary entries vs. letters


Tools and Resources 1st semester

6-8 Zoom Sessions PowerPoints


10/28/20 Writing Help session - Narrative vs. Informational essay, thesis statement, using a hook

10/26/20 Bias in Text and Accuracy in answering questions

11/9/20 Writing help session - using rubrics & completely following directions for higher scores; understanding Reading standards


6th grade Novel Choices 1st semester

Note: You will be able to read The Secret Garden and The Red Badge of Courage online. Links to these novels are provided in the course novel unit.

To read The Hunger Games or Hatchet, you will need to get a copy from your school, a library, or some other source.

📕The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (available in the unit)

Mary Lennox is born in India to British parents who care little for her. The only attention she gets is from the servants. This experience has turned Mary into a rude and spoiled girl. After the death of her parents, Mary is sent to England to live with her uncle. Her uncle has a huge, strange house that holds many mysteries. Soon, Mary learns about a secret garden on the property that has been forgotten for many years. As Mary tries to uncover the secrets of the house and garden, will she also learn something about herself?

📙The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (available in the unit)

A young Civil War solider named Henry Fleming joins the Union Army, dreaming about the glories of war. He soon realizes that his dreams are false and that war is extremely harsh. During a battle, he becomes frightened and runs away. He’s immediately ashamed of his actions. After meeting some wounded soldiers, he decides to return to battle. Will Henry be able to become the hero he dreamt of being? Or will his fears defeat him in the end?

📘Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

In this thrilling story of survival, growth, and self-acceptance, 13--year-old Brian Robeson is the only passenger on a small plane headed to Canada, where his father lives. As the flight takes off, Brian is unaware of the dangers he will soon face. During the flight, the pilot dies of heart failure, and Brian’s journey quickly turns into a nightmare. First, he must figure out how to land the plane safely. Then he must work to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness. As he battles hunger, cold nights, and wild animals, Brian must come to terms with his parents’ recent divorce. Will Brian overcome these obstacles? Or will he be lost forever?

📗The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This novel is set in a futuristic nation called Panem. Panem’s powerful and ruthless government has divided its poor, struggling citizens into 13 districts. Each year, it chooses one girl and one boy from each district to compete in the “Hunger Games.” But these are no ordinary games. The Hunger Games is a televised event that forces the participants to fight to the death. Only one child can survive and win food and supplies for his or her district. When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen's younger sister is chosen, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Along with a boy from her district, Peeta, Katniss enters the Games. Will Katniss come out alive? Or will she be one of the victims of the Hunger Games?

7th grade All reading inside the course

8th grade All reading inside the course