Updated October 2014

PBS LearningMedia: Inspiring Middle School Literacy

Stellar self-paced lessons build skills across disciplines

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration

Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Social Studies
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5-8
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PBS LearningMedia's Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection is a suite of self-paced lessons for improving the literacy skills of kids in grades 5-8. To use the lessons, kids create their own login on the PBS site so they -- and you -- can monitor their progress. The resources here are elaborate, well-conceived, and extremely detailed, as well as explicitly aligned to Common Core. Look for lessons -- in ELA, math, science and health, or social studies -- that best match your curriculum, or your students’ interests.

Every lesson comes with a handy teacher’s guide that gives step-by-step info about kids' experience in the lesson. There are also tips on how to pace the computer-based and discussion-based parts of each lesson. Be sure to review the guide ahead of time to decide how to group students while they work. Most every lesson here includes activities that engage kids in both solo and collaborative work. You’ll also want to consider how much you want your students to do online versus on paper; most lessons require kids to produce written responses in addition to computer-based work.

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