I'm working on putting together some novel units for my 8th graders. Since I have never taught 8th graders....and really don't have a clue as to their interests....I need some help!!
I know some of you out there are teachers....and you may happen to be middle school teachers!! I need some tips on some good novels/reading material for 8th graders. The text book I'm working with is....well...horrible. So, I'm trying to pull what I can from that, but it's torture for even me to flip through.
So far, I know I am going to teach The Hunger Games. Here are also some other possibilities for novel studies:
The Secret Life of Bees
The Diary of Anne Frank
The House of Dies Drear
The Fire Next Time
I'm having a hard time determining whether or not these books are too young...too advanced...which I realize I can't really know until I meet my students and get an idea for myself. But...not being around 8th graders and just not knowing what will and will not work for them....it's making me nervous and leaving me feeling very unprepared.
So, if any of you out there have taught 8th grade....especially 8th grade Language Arts....I'd LOVE any advice/tips/resources you want to give me.
One thing I am learning is that I'm going to break my teaching down a lot more than I did while teaching high school. I have a whole year with this kids instead of working with semesters, so I'm going to have to work on breaking it all down....stretching it out....and I'm actually looking forward to this! I can actually spend time on poetry or drama....take my time explaining things instead of rushing on to the next unit.
I'm trying not to feel to overwhelmed. I just want to get as much done as I can now...so I don't have to come home with so much once school starts.....in a matter of weeks. (ugh)