Social Studies (G. 7)
Here are some recommendations for high-interest social studies series that will entertain students while teaching the about the past. After teaching Middle School Social Studies, I have become passionate about a few of these series. These are the ones that I find myself recommending to students.
Language Arts (G. 7)
When teaching thematically linked novels as independent reading, choosing the reading is an art form. Here are some novels that I think would be good fits for capturing students attention while instructing through book clubs.
Literature (G. 9)
One of my favorite parts of teaching works from the canon is choosing higher-interest thematically-linked books for independent reading, especially when students are looking for drastically different reading experiences. I enjoying having students choose these books in the style of the NFL draft based on their desired outcome: entertainment, conversations with adults, or the respect of college professors. One of my passions is supporting works of literature from the cannon with thematically similar titles.
Department Reading List
In 2016, I also undertook the task to create a resource menu of all the books that were available to the Middle School's Language Arts department. The first step was to research all the book lists from years past and determine what resources existed physically and what resources were only written. The second step was to research what each grade level taught as a whole class text, small group text, or independent reading so we could vertically align our resources. Then, I determined genres, researched Lexiles, and wrote summaries for each book so we could all have a good idea of which books were good fits for our students. The result was creating a comprehensive department reading list.
In 2017, I revamped the Reading Lounge dedicated to reading by organizing titles, making purchases, and selecting best-fit reads for students.