Inspiring Middle School Literacy

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These online self-paced lessons for blended learning, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8.  Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic.


Each lesson addresses a range of literacy strategies, which are listed in the accompanying teacher's guide.

  • Character Change: The Diary of Anne Frank

    In this blended lesson designed to enhance literary skills, students examine how Anne Frank's character changed while she was in hiding from the Nazis in World War II.
    Grades: 5-8
  • Character Conflict: Language Immersion

    In this blended lesson designed to enhance literary skills, students explore conflict as a plot device through the story of Moises, a fictional young immigrant to the United States.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Fact and Opinion: Parents, Teens, and Texting

    In this blended lesson designed to enhance literary skills, students explore the debate between parents and teens over texting and interpret facts to form and support their opinions.
    Grades: 5-8
  • Symbolism: Keely's Mountain

    In this blended lesson designed to enhance literary skills, students learn about the use of symbolism in literature and examine how places can have symbolic meaning for people.
    Grades: 5-8
  • Personification: Cowbirds

    In this blended lesson designed to enhance literary skills, students explore personification as a literary device through the story of the cowbird, which is portrayed as "evil" in a documentary video.
    Grades: 5-8
  • Understanding Character: The Life of Percy Julian

    In this blended lesson designed to enhance literary skills, students learn about the character of chemist Percy Julian through his struggles with racism in his education, work, and community.
    Grades: 5-8

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