Middle School Learning Guides on Shmoop

Here is a handy guide for our younger readers (and their teachers and parents). While Shmoop was first known for covering college and high school level topics, we have added HUGE amounts of middle school level Learning Guides over the past two years. Middle Schoolers… you’re not the forgotten middle child in our book.
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12 thoughts on “Middle School Learning Guides on Shmoop

  1. In middle school I read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was a good read back then.

  2. I read Agatha Christi’s, Murder on the Orient Express, in the 8th grade. I loved the book, and it influenced me to read more from her!

  3. I definitely think the Literature section has some great titles for gifted middle school students. I’d say for 8th graders taking English I, look to a high school list. Remember, it is what is done with the literature that makes it more difficult. For instance, some Kindergarten teachers use Cisneros’ House on Mango Street, but it is used all throughout the grade levels.

    Re: The Uglies Series–PHENOMENAL, especially paired with other dystopic novels!

  4. I highly recommend the book “Love, Aubrey” by Suzanne LaFleur. It is deeply emotional and a brilliant read for young and old. I think anyone would appreciate this book, as it expresses the emotions of an eleven year old trying to come to terms with the death of her younger sister, father and abandonment of her mother. I would definitely have the tissue box nearby!

  5. I read The Adventures of Tom Saywer, Mark Twain, in the 8th grade. I loved the book, and it influenced me to read more from this!

  6. Yes, as mentioned earlier, the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfield (Uglies, Pretties, and Specials) is a worthwhile read, and may be helpful if considered to you list of Books and their analysis.

  7. Mockingjay was a brilliant conclusion to the trilogy. I can only compare it to “Ender’s Game” – and that is extremely high praise, indeed.

    When I first closed the book last night, I felt shattered, empty, and drained. This book is my favorite of the series, hands-down.

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