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Middle School Literature and Writing Guides
  SMARTFLIP Common Core Reference Guides
  Among the Hidden
  Bridge to Terabithia
  Bud, Not Buddy
  Esperanza Rising
  Essay Apprentice Writing System
  Essay Architect Writing System
  Freak the Mighty
  The Giver
  Hatchet
  Holes
  The Hunger Games
  Maniac Magee
  The Miracle Worker
  My Brother Sam is Dead
  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
  Number the Stars
  Odyssey
  The Outsiders
  Practical Poetry (Poetry Guide)
  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  Tuck Everlasting
  The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963
  Where the Red Fern Grows
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Based Literature and Writing Guides, designed for 6th grade through 8th grade. Click on a title to the left or a picture below to browse through the materials we have available for that title!

Secondary Solutions Literature Guides can be used in the high school English Language Arts classroom to facilitate instruction of the Common Core ELA State Standards. Help students in Grades 6-8 grasp important literary concepts, including vocabulary, grammar, as well as literary analysis skills such as analyzing theme, conflict, characterization, and more. Our Literature Guides are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the NCTE/IRA National Standards and/or most individual state standards. You can be assured that the activities you are using in class are not only practical, applicable, but also purposeful, as each activity focuses on a specific skill taught through the text of the novel.

SMARTFLIP Common Core Reference Guides
Among the Hidden
Common Core ELA lesson plans and ready-made teaching materials for teaching Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix in Grades 5-7. Individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more will be available as a separate purchase soon!
Bridge to Terabithia
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Bridge to Terabithia in grades 5-7.
Bud, Not Buddy
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Bud, Not Buddy in grades 5-7.
Esperanza Rising
Essay Apprentice Writing System
Essay Architect Writing System
Freak the Mighty
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Freak the Mighty for grades 6-8.
The Giver
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for The Giver by Lois Lowry.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching The Giver in grades 7-9.
Hatchet
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Complete Literature Guide now available!
Holes
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Holes by Louis Sachar.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Holes in grades 6-8.
The Hunger Games
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching The Hunger Games in grades 7-9.
Maniac Magee
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Maniac Magee in grades 6-8.
The Miracle Worker
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Based teaching materials for The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. Designed for grades 5-7.
My Brother Sam is Dead
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching My Brother Sam is Dead in grades 7-9.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Number the Stars
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Number the Stars in grades 5-7.
Odyssey
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Homer's Odyssey.  Complete Literature Guide, individual lesson plans, tests, and more for teaching Odyssey in grades 8-10.
The Outsiders
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  Individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more.
Practical Poetry (Poetry Guide)
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor  Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in grades 7-9.
Tuck Everlasting
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Complete Literature Guide as well as individual lesson plans, resources, activities, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, tests, study guide questions and more for teaching Tuck Everlasting in grades 5-7.
The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963
Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned teaching materials for The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Complete Literature Guide now available!
Where the Red Fern Grows
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Literature Guide for teaching Among the Hidden
Among the Hidden Literature Guide
Price: $24.95

This Secondary Solutions Literature Guide for Among the Hidden contains 125 pages of student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and more, fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in Literature and NCTE/IRA National ELA Curriculum and Content Area Standards. Designed for grades 5-7.
Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Guide, Lessons
Bridge to Terabithia Literature Guide
Price: $24.95

This Secondary Solutions Literature Guide for Bridge to Terabithia contains 114 pages of student coursework, coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and much more aligned with the Common Core State Standards and NCTE/IRA National ELA Standards for fifth through seventh grade.  Literature Guide for teaching Bridge to Terabithia. Designed for grades 5-7.  Available in Print, downloadable PDF, and Print/PDF Discount Combo.
Bud Not Buddy Novel Guide
Bud, Not Buddy Literature Guide
Price: $24.95

This Secondary Solutions Literature Guide for Bud, Not Buddy contains 88 pages of student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and more, fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in Literature and NCTE/IRA National ELA Curriculum and Content Area Standards. Available in Print, downloadable PDF, and Print/PDF Discount Combo.  Designed for grades 5-7.
Esperanza Rising Novel Guide
Esperanza Rising Literature Guide
Price: $24.95

Common Core State Standards Aligned Literature Guide for Pam Munoz Ryan's powerful coming-of-age novel Esperanza Rising. Aligned to CCSS for grades 6-8, this Guide is sure to have everything you could want to address the Common Core Standards in your teaching!
Essay Architect and Essay Apprentice Bundle
Essay Apprentice and Essay Architect Bundle
Price: $70.00

Want BOTH the Essay Apprentice and Essay Architect Writing Systems for your students?  Save $10 by purchasing our bundle...get both for just $70!
Essay Apprentice Essay Writing System
Essay Apprentice Writing System
Price: $39.95

The perfect precursor to the best-selling Essay Architect, our Essay Apprentice Writing System helps students who are unable to write a five-paragraph essay or need a lot of extra help with the essentials of good writing. By building the basic foundations of writing through simple, yet practical activities, students learn the step-by-step process of creating writing they can be proud of.

  • Help students build autonomy and confidence through simple and practical creative writing activities and exercises
  • Help struggling or anxious writers through the basic parts of an essay by working step-by-step on each part of the writing process
Essay Architect Writing System
Essay Architect Writing System
Price: $39.95

Do your students struggle to get past one or two paragraphs for an essay? Are your students confused about the different types of essays and how to approach each? Do you have students who don't know basic essay terminology or structure? Do you dread the thought of grading your students essays, facing constant frustration and exhaustion? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then our REVISED Essay Architect Writing System is right for you!

Our Essay Architect Writing System is an all-inclusive, step-by-step method you can use to walk your students through the often confusing process of writing the five paragraph essay. I
ncludes 238 pages of reproducible worksheets, examples, teaching guides, graphic organizers, terminology, models, rubrics, sample essays, and more. This second book in our Essay Writing Series best helps those students who are able to write at least one paragraph in response to an essay prompt.
Freak the Mighty Novel Teaching Guide
Freak the Mighty Literature Guide
Price: $24.95

This Literature Guide for Freak the Mighty contains 88 pages of student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and much more aligned with the Common Core State Standards and NCTE/IRA National ELA Standards. Designed for grades 6-8.  Available in Print, downloadable PDF, and Print/PDF Discount Combo.
Hatchet Literature Guide
Hatchet Literature Guide
Price: $24.95

This Secondary Solutions Literature Guide for Hatchet contains 147 pages, aligned with the Common Core State Standards for grades five through seven. This comprehensive unit includes pre-reading ideas and activities, Biography on author Gary Paulsen, Anticipation Guide, Vocabulary Lists With and Without Definitions, Note-Taking Field Journal, Comprehension Check Questions, specific CCS-Based Standards Focus Activities on Figurative Language and Style, The Writing Process, Point of View, Setting, Characters and Plot, Supporting Quotations, Plot Events and Themes, Conflict and Theme, Character Development, and more, specific CCS-Based Assessment Preparation Activities on Vocabulary, Strong Verbs, Show vs. Tell, and more, quizzes, tests, teaching resources and notes, and more!  Don't reinvent the wheel - we've done all the work for you!  For more, see the full description.
Holes Lessons, Teacher's Guide
Holes Literature Guide
Price: $24.95

This 163-page Secondary Solutions Literature Guide for Louis Sachar's Holes includes fully-reproducible student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and much more aligned with the Common Core State Standards and NCTE/IRA National ELA Standards.  Designed for grades 6-8.  Available in Print, downloadable PDF, and Print/PDF Discount Combo.