Best-Selling Language Arts Curriculum for Grades 6–8
Best-Selling Language Arts Curriculum for Grades 6–8
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Students in grades 6–8 need engaging language arts curriculum that allows them to develop their analytical abilities and reading comprehension. The following resources will help educators create meaningful learning experiences in the middle school language arts classroom. 

  • Affective Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Grades 6–8 uses a models approach to scaffold student learning and promote inquiry-based discussions of texts. The book focuses specifically on supporting advanced students’ social-emotional needs through the discussion of reading selections in the following genres: short stories and media, poetry, and speeches, essays, and biographies.

  • Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program targets reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners by moving students through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of texts, using a field-tested method developed by the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary.


  • Each book in the Challenging Common Core Language Arts Lessons series provides gifted and advanced learners challenging activities to master and engage with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts through four mini units. 

    • Grade 6 includes themes such as learning from life experiences, community, cultural identity and history, and adversity.

    • Grade 7 includes themes such as conflict, tragic flaws, civil rights, and tolerance.

    • Grade 8 includes themes such as “life is what you make it,” “don't judge a book by its cover,” nature and vulnerability, and respect.


  • Challenging Units for Gifted Learners: Teaching the Way Gifted Students Think (Language Arts, Grades 6–8) includes units that ask students to develop strong personalities for their main characters while writing mysteries, to study Freud's psychoanalytic theory and then analyze a classic novel using what they've learned, to focus on writing from a specific point of view, and to increase their appreciation for poetry by studying famous poets.

  • The advanced curriculum units from Vanderbilt University support students' acquisition of textual and media analysis skills, higher level thinking abilities, and understanding of English language arts and other disciplines. Students are tasked with comprehending primary source documents, poetry, prose, nonfiction texts, videos, and other media; evaluating arguments; utilizing thinking and communication skills; and connecting conceptual generalizations from crosscurricular themes.

    • Finding Freedom invites students to follow America's journey toward finding freedom by examining multiple perspectives, conflicts, ideas, and challenges through seminal historical texts. 

    • Perspectives of Power explores the nature of power in literature, historical documents, poetry, and art.

    • I, Me, You, We: Individuality Versus Conformity explores essential questions such as “How does our environment shape our identity? What are the consequences of conforming to a group? When does social conformity go too far?”

    • In the Mind’s Eye: Truth Versus Perception invites students on a philosophical exploration of the themes of truth and perception.