Ch 3: Teaching Diverse Middle Grade Books

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Plan and enhance your middle grade literature lessons with these useful lesson plan outlines and class activities for teaching diverse books like ''Rules'' and ''Wonder''. The chapter also comes with supplemental lessons that you can share with your class to improve their understanding of these middle grade books.

Teaching Diverse Middle Grade Books - Chapter Summary

If you need to design a curriculum on diverse middle grade books, check out these convenient lesson plan outlines. Our comprehensive lesson plan outlines come with supplemental lessons that you can show your students prior to class discussions. The chapter also includes fun class activities and quizzes that you can assign your students to improve their understanding of important characters, summaries, settings and quotes from several novels. The middle grade novels covered in this chapter include:

  • Wonder
  • Out of My Mind
  • Rules
  • The Breadwinner

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Makes sure your middle grade book lessons meet literature education standards
  • Additional resources: Includes supplemental in-class teaching tools, including video lessons, class activities and assignable quizzes
  • Student engagement: Helps students have fun while learning about literature

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning middle grade literature lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific middle grade books topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your middle grade literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related middle grade book lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important literature concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant literature-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

48 Lessons in Chapter 3: Teaching Diverse Middle Grade Books
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Walk Two Moons Lesson Plan

1. Walk Two Moons Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help strengthen students' understanding of 'Walk Two Moons' by Sharon Creech. Students will summarize key plot points, analyze events and characters, then apply learning to an activity.

Walk Two Moons Discussion Questions

2. Walk Two Moons Discussion Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to confirm your students read the book. The Five Messages and extension questions will enhance their comprehension and challenge their critical thinking abilities.

Walk Two Moons Comprehension Questions

3. Walk Two Moons Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to ensure your students read the book. Challenge their critical thinking skills with It's All About What You Think questions. This lesson can be used in a traditional environment or online class.

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin Discussion Questions

4. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin Discussion Questions

Ann M. Martin's 'Rain Reign' is a great choice for reading groups interested in the topics of diversity, pets, and natural disasters. These discussion questions on story, literary elements, and personal response will help engage your students in this novel.

Homeless Bird Discussion Questions

5. Homeless Bird Discussion Questions

''Homeless Bird'' is a young adult novel that deals with arranged marriage, gender, and tradition through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl. There's a lot to talk about with this book, and these questions can help guide that discussion.

Iqbal Novel Lesson Plan

6. Iqbal Novel Lesson Plan

Increase students understanding of the 'Iqbal: A Novel' with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that summarizes the text and takes a closer look at characters. Discussion questions, activities and a quiz are used to apply learning and test knowledge.

Iqbal: A Novel - Book Summary & Characters

7. Iqbal: A Novel - Book Summary & Characters

'Iqbal,' by Francesco D'Adamo, is about a group of children who are forced to engage in slave labor, weaving carpets in Lahore, Pakistan. The novel tells the story of how a new child named Iqbal arrives and convinces the other children that they must be responsible for their own escape or remain slaves forever.

Iqbal Book Discussion Questions

8. Iqbal Book Discussion Questions

''Iqbal'' is the story of a young boy and other children sold into slavery by their parents to pay off debt. This lesson provides a list of discussion questions to aid in comprehension.

The Whale Rider Lesson Plan

9. The Whale Rider Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to increase student comprehension for 'The Whale Rider' by Witi Ihimaera. Students will read an informational text to summarize the book's plot and analyze key events before applying understanding to a culminating project.

The Whale Rider: Summary & Analysis

10. The Whale Rider: Summary & Analysis

'The Whale Rider' is a story about a Maori girl named Kahu, who dreams of being the chief of her tribe. However, in Maori culture, only men can be chief. The story shifts between the present day and a thousand years ago.

The Tequila Worm Lesson Plan

11. The Tequila Worm Lesson Plan

'The Tequila Worm' by Viola Canales is a novel about the cultural struggles of a Mexican-American girl in Texas. This lesson plan is designed for a class that has read the novel and includes an activity that invites students to compare their culture to the main character's.

American Born Chinese Novel Lesson Plan

12. American Born Chinese Novel Lesson Plan

Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel 'American Born Chinese' deals with some serious issues in a way that is accessible to students. With your help and this lesson plan, students will actively engage with the text and move around the room in a fast-paced activity.

American Born Chinese: Book Summary, Analysis & Themes

13. American Born Chinese: Book Summary, Analysis & Themes

This lesson explores Gene Yang's graphic novel ''American Born Chinese.'' We will first learn about the three stories he tells. Then, we will examine themes of friendship, stereotyping, identity, and assimilation.

American Born Chinese: Book Characters & Quotes

14. American Born Chinese: Book Characters & Quotes

This lesson describes the main characters and how they relate to each other as well as the most important quotes in Gene Luen Yang's popular graphic novel, ''American Born Chinese''.

American Born Chinese Discussion Questions

15. American Born Chinese Discussion Questions

'American Born Chinese' is a story that discusses how hard it is to be different through the eyes of three different characters. This lesson provides a variety of questions to get students talking about the story.

Journey of the Sparrows Lesson Plan

16. Journey of the Sparrows Lesson Plan

Students discuss issues related to immigration in the U.S. through the lens of an undocumented immigrant's story told in the book 'Journey of the Sparrows' by Fran Leeper Buss. Students create a dramatic summary of the text and examine both sides of the issue through a letter-writing activity.

Journey of the Sparrows Summary & Characters

17. Journey of the Sparrows Summary & Characters

Maria and her siblings are illegal immigrants in a strange country. Though Maria works herself ragged to keep her family together, hardships threaten their security. Now Maria must make the dangerous crossing again. Can she and her family survive?

Wonder By R.J. Palacio Unit Plan

18. Wonder By R.J. Palacio Unit Plan

'Wonder' is a children's novel by R.J. Palacio about a 10-year-old boy who was born with a genetic abnormality that affects his middle school experience. This unit plan is designed to help with lesson planning around this novel.

R.J. Palacio's Wonder Lesson Plan

19. R.J. Palacio's Wonder Lesson Plan

R.J. Palacio's novel 'Wonder' is filled with valuable lessons for all young adults. This lesson plan uses our text lesson as an anchor for your students to summarize plot and analyze characters, ask and answer rich discussion questions, and apply their knowledge to an activity and quiz.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Summary & Characters

20. Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Summary & Characters

'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio is the story of a young boy who has so much to overcome - not only his physical appearance but also starting a new school. By the end of the novel, his fellow characters, and readers too, learn that Auggie is a real wonder.

Pre-Reading Activities for Wonder by R.J. Palacio

21. Pre-Reading Activities for Wonder by R.J. Palacio

''Wonder'' by R.J. Palacio tells the story of a young boy who struggles in school because of a cleft palate and facial deformity. This lesson focuses on pre-reading activities you can use to prepare students for the novel.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio Discussion Questions

22. Wonder by R.J. Palacio Discussion Questions

Teachers, use the following discussion questions after or while students read 'Wonder.' Students will explore how bullying impacts the victim while integrating their experiences and opinion to ensure they comprehend the concepts and themes outlined in the book.

Wonder By R.J. Palacio Activities

23. Wonder By R.J. Palacio Activities

''Wonder'' activities allow students to explore the challenges of craniofacial disorders, while identifying the main characters and addressing bullying.

Auggie and Me Discussion Questions

24. Auggie and Me Discussion Questions

''Auggie and Me'' is a companion book to ''Wonder'' (2012). These questions will help your students work through these new stories and discuss their thoughts on the characters and storylines.

Rules by Cynthia Lord Lesson Plan

25. Rules by Cynthia Lord Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help students' comprehension of 'Rules' by Cynthia Lord. Students will read, discuss, and interact with two text lessons summarizing plot, setting, and characters, then apply concepts to a booktalk.

Rules by Cynthia Lord: Summary & Setting

26. Rules by Cynthia Lord: Summary & Setting

Imagine having to constantly teach another person the 'rules' of life! In this lesson about the book ''Rules'' by Cynthia Lord, you will learn about the setting and summary of the book, as well as more about these life 'rules.'

Rules by Cynthia Lord: Characters

27. Rules by Cynthia Lord: Characters

In this lesson, you'll learn about the characters in the book ''Rules'' by Cynthia Lord. You'll meet the main character, Catherine, and other important characters in the book, including David, Kristi, and Jason.

Rules by Cynthia Lord Activities

28. Rules by Cynthia Lord Activities

Rules, by Cynthia Lord, is a great book for teaching students about different points of view, and about disabilities. Using the activities in the lesson, you can help students maximize their critical thinking and inference skills in reference to a wonderful, thought-provoking novel.

Rules by Cynthia Lord Discussion Questions

29. Rules by Cynthia Lord Discussion Questions

'Rules' by Cynthia Lord is an excellent and thought-provoking novel that deals honestly with topics of disability and friendship. Use these questions to help your middle school students talk about the novel, about friendship, and about their personal response.

Out of My Mind Lesson Plan

30. Out of My Mind Lesson Plan

Increase understanding of the novel 'Out of My Mind' with this lesson plan. Two text lessons help students before, during and after reading, allowing students a deep analysis of characters, setting and plot. Activities and a quiz support objectives.

Out of My Mind: Book Summary & Setting

31. Out of My Mind: Book Summary & Setting

Author Sharon Draper's book 'Out of My Mind' takes readers into the mind of pre-teen Melody Brooks, whose cerebral palsy causes people to underestimate her awareness and abilities. Read on for a short discussion of the book's story and setting!

Out of My Mind: Characters & Quotes

32. Out of My Mind: Characters & Quotes

When you're living with a disability like Melody Brooks, the world is very different than it is for those who are called 'normal.' In this lesson, we learn more about Melody by looking at some of the important characters and quotes in 'Out of My Mind.'

The Breadwinner Lesson Plan

33. The Breadwinner Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan after reading 'The Breadwinner' to highlight key plot points. Students will examine important quotes, then analyze characters and determine themes.

The Breadwinner: Summary, Characters & Quotes

34. The Breadwinner: Summary, Characters & Quotes

Once her father is sent to jail, 11-year-old Parvana must find the courage to break Taliban law to save her family. 'The Breadwinner' is the story of a girl who must risk herself so her mother and sisters can survive life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

Children of the River Lesson Plan

35. Children of the River Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students analyze internal conflicts of the characters and write an argument using reason and evidence as they read ''Children of the River'' by Linda Crews.

Children of the River Summary

36. Children of the River Summary

This lesson introduces readers to the plot, characters, and themes of Linda Crew's 'Children of the River' (1989). We will learn about the journey of Sundara, a Cambodian refugee, as she adapts to life in America during the 1970s wars in Southeast Asia.

We Are The Ship Lesson Plan

37. We Are The Ship Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students understand the cause and effect relationships that led to the evolution of integrated baseball and combine sources of information to speak and write knowledgeably as they read 'We Are the Ship' by Kadir Nelson.

We Are The Ship Summary

38. We Are The Ship Summary

Baseball wasn't always an integrated sport. So, what was it like before integration, when black players had to create their own Negro League? Find out more in this summary of Kadir Nelson's ''We Are The Ship.''

The London Eye Mystery Lesson Plan

39. The London Eye Mystery Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students identify the theme and supporting details, and analyze the point of view of the narrator as they read ''The London Eye Mystery'' by Siobhan Dowd.

The London Eye Mystery Summary

40. The London Eye Mystery Summary

This lesson introduces readers to Siobhan Dowd's Sherlock Holmes-type adventure ''The London Eye Mystery'' (2007) and her main character and narrator, Ted Spark. Ted has a mild case of autism, called Asperger's syndrome, and proves to be an thought-provoking character.

Dave at Night Lesson Plan

41. Dave at Night Lesson Plan

'Dave at Night' by Gail Carson Levine takes readers back to 1926 through the eyes of a newly-orphaned 11 year-old boy. This lesson plan highlights key content areas of the book. An activity connects readers with the historical and cultural elements of the story.

Whale Rider Book Discussion Questions

42. Whale Rider Book Discussion Questions

A great way to understand your own thoughts on a book is to discuss the book with others. This asset offers discussion questions based on the book ''Whale Rider'' to help your students gain a deep understanding of the work.

Black and White by Paul Volponi Discussion Questions

43. Black and White by Paul Volponi Discussion Questions

''Black and White'' is a novel that explores ideas of race and justice (or injustice) in modern urban America. These discussion questions can help your students work through their thoughts and feelings about this novel.

Seedfolks Project Ideas

44. Seedfolks Project Ideas

''Seedfolks'' is a unique children's novel that can help introduce your class to a range of topics, from diversity to the use of multiple narrators in fiction. These projects will give you a few ways to bring ''Seedfolks'' into your classroom.

Seedfolks Discussion Questions

45. Seedfolks Discussion Questions

'Seedfolks' is an acclaimed children's novel that deals with the diverse struggles that people face and a garden that brings them together. These discussion questions can help your students work through the themes, plots, and characters of this story.

Fish in a Tree Discussion Questions

46. Fish in a Tree Discussion Questions

Teachers can utilize the following discussion questions from Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt to ensure students read and understand the novel. Students will exhibit a deeper understanding after answering these questions.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine Discussion Questions

47. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine Discussion Questions

These discussion questions can help your students work through their thoughts and feelings about the novel ''Mockingbird'', as well as its connections to modern events and anxieties your students may relate to.

The Young Landlords Discussion Questions

48. The Young Landlords Discussion Questions

'The Young Landlords' is a young adult novel by Walter Dean Myers about teenagers that buy an apartment complex in Harlem. This resource offers discussion questions about this novel.

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