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Mission 1: Literary Unit Study

Island of the Blue Dolphins


Robinson Crusoe

Around the World in 80 Days

Black Beauty

Plan activities using Pinterest or Trello

Mission 2: Tone & Mood

Mood & Tone Worksheet

Tone & Mood Jeopardy Game

Mission 3: Short Stories

Thank You M’am

Rip Van Winkle

Online Short Stories for Middle Schoolers – Review before Reading

Mission 4: Allusions

One of these things is not like the others

I’m strong to the finish cause I eats me spinach

Be vewy, vewy quiet

Meep! Meep!

He likes it! Hey, Mikey!

Remember the Alamo

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

I love you right up to the moon–and back.

Let the wild rumpus start

There’s no place like home

Just keep swimming

Think of the happiest things

Achilles’s heel

Jekyll and Hyde



Allusion lesson and worksheet

Mission 5: Narrative Poems

“April Showers” played on ukelele

Narrative Poetry lesson and worksheet

Mission 6: Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

Nanotechnology video #1

Ancient Egyptian Agriculture

BBC Kids News Article on the Moon

Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Mission 7: Urban Myths

Earwig article

Area 51 article

Urban Legends lesson

Mission 8: Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Synopsis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Annotated

Twelfth Night Synopsis

Twelfth Night Annotated

As You Like It Synopsis

As You Like It Annotated

Mission 9: Satire

Lesson and worksheets

Satirical books for children – review titles before reading

“The Wheels on the Bus” lyrics

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” lyrics

“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” lyrics

Mission 10: Science

Archimedes science experiment

Science vocabulary words

Mission 11: Oxymorons

Oxymoron worksheets

Oxymorons BINGO

Mission 12: Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia poems for kids

Onomatopoeia worksheets

Mission 13: British vs. American Spelling

Differences between British and American English spelling

BBC news article on black holes

Mission 14: British Vocabulary

British vs. American vocabulary

British vs. American vocabulary worksheets and activities

Mission 15: Confused Vocabulary Words

Commonly confused words

Confused Vocabulary Worksheets

Commonly confused vocabulary BINGO

Mission 16: Vocabulary Mnemonics

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

“If I Didn’t Have You”

“Kiss the Girl”

Mnemonic dictionary

How to use mnemonics for vocabulary

Vocabulary Cartoons book

Mission 17: Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words


Mission 18: Spelling High-Frequency Words

Mission 19: Diagramming Sentences


Mission 20: Grammatical Mood

Mission 21: Infinitives

Mission 22: Progressive Tense


Mission 23: Adverbial Clauses/Phrases

Mission 24: Relative Pronouns

Relative pronouns worksheet

Relative pronoun game

Mission 25: Misplaced Modifiers


Mission 26: Dashes & Parentheses

Mission 27: Parallel Structure
Mission 28: Morning Pages
Mission 29: Passive Voice

Mission 30: Profile Essays

Profile essay examples

Profile essay interview questions

Mission 31: Writing Summaries

Cyborgs video (includes some medically graphic images)

Summarizing nonfiction video and practice

Mission 32: Persuasive Speaking

The effect of smartphone use on children

Pros and cons of raising the driving age

Persuasive speech on taking naps

Mission 33: News Articles

Online robotics competition news story

Gymnastics competition news story

News story template

Mission 34: Compare & Contrast Essays

Compare & contrast essay template

Example essay comparing London and D.C.

Mission 35: Slogans

Slogans worksheet

How to write a good slogan

Mission 36: Gift Poems

Gift poem ideas

Rhyming dictionary

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