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15 Chapter Books for Middle School Readers

15 Chapter Books for Middle School Readers from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Middle school is a period of transition. As our children leave elementary school and enter middle school their interests begin to change, their ability level changes, and with that comes a time when then are beginning to mature and prepare for high school.

You will often find your children reading above grade level, but it can be difficult to find appropriate stories for our kids to read at this slightly elevated reading level. For this reason I have compiled a list of some middle school appropriate books that have less pictures, more mature content than picture books, but still kid friendly. {As with everything we present to our kids be sure to screen each book to be sure you are comfortable with the content for the child you are giving it to.}

15 Chapter Books for Middle School Readers

  1. The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
  2. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
  3. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  7. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  10. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  11. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’brien
  12. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  13. Holes by Louis Sachar
  14. Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
  15. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

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Interesting Writing Prompts for Middle School

Interesting Writing Prompts for Middle School from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Writing is one of those subjects (along with math) that seem to be a thorn in a homeschoolers side. While younger kids may get excited over little writing prompts and pages with a place to draw a picture and write something about it, middle school students may not be so enthused.

Writing Prompts for Middle School

To help keep middle school students from moaning and groaning, try giving them some writing prompts that might be a of a little more interest to them. Finding something that speaks to their interests helps, as well as finding topics that are more relevant to their place in time and age.

  1. Character vs. CharacterPick two characters from different books you’ve read this year and have them get in an argument about something (e.g., who has suffered more, who has had a happier life, whose parents are more of a pain, whose super power is better, etc.).
  2. Find an image to write about. It can be from a book, magazine, etc. Print out a copy of it, attach it to the paper and write something. Tell why you like it, or what it means to you, or create a story around the images in the photo.
  3. Write about a vacation. Tell us about a vacation your family went it. It can be a good or bad memory.
  4. Can honesty be bad? Write about someone, real or created, who finds themselves in trouble for being too honest.
  5. Write about your name. Why you were given it? Are there any associations or stories attached to it? Look up what it means if you don’t already know.  Do you think it describes you? Why or why not? What name would you give yourself other than the one you actually have and why?
  6. How does your character respond? According to Maya Angelou you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Write a story in which a character has to deal with any one, all, or combination of these situations. 
  7. Rather be doing. Write about 3 things you would rather be doing other than writing. They can be real things or made up. So choose to either write wholly in fiction, or wholly in fact.

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