Middle School Reading Lesson - 7th Grade

When possible, plan your reading assignments according to other subjects your students are studying, such as historical period or biographies. Here's a plan for a 7th grade level survey of American history. Books are listed roughly according to time period, colonial to modern. This is merely the reading book list - many more details on an entire 7th grade curriculum related to these books can be found here.

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George Washington and the Founding of a Nation by Albert Marrin
Well written and beautifully illustrated. A real treat for the middle schooler (or adult) learning about the greatest American of them all.

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has made The Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore...

Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen
The Constitutional Convention described within the political and social context of 1787. You'll feel like you attended the Convention after reading this. Great for 8th grade and up.

The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
Here is the gripping original Western that set the standard for the genre. Natty Bumppo is the quintessential Western hero, a faultless...

Carry A Big Stick: The Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt by George Grant
A insatiable reader of books on TR, I was immediately drawn to "Carry a Big Stick" by its small size and by its wealth of quotes from the...

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
If you are looking for a war adventure story with lots of explosions, forget it. If you are interested in what war does to a loving...

A Lantern In Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
After marrying Will Deal and moving to Nebraska, Abbie endures the difficulties of frontier life and raises her children to pursue the...

The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee Latham
Newbery Award-winning author tells the story of the man whose inventive genius made cotton king in America and in the world. Eli Whitney...

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
This work is perhaps the most complete and enjoyable children's book ever written about one of the nation's most fascinating and important...

Shades of Gray by Reeder
COURAGE WEARS MANY FACESThe Civil War may be over, but for twelve-year-old Will Page, the pain and bitterness haven't ended. How could they...

Samuel F.B. Morse by John Hudson Tiner
Artist turned inventor, he developed the telegraph and Morse Code.

Commander in Chief: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by Albert Marrin
In this highly praised examination of Lincoln and his times, Albert Marrin shows how a principled but imperfect man-brilliant and...

Never Give In by Stephen Mansfield
Winston Churchill's life in accessible chapters. The most important man of the 20th century, saving the world from Hitler's domination.

George Washington Carver by David Collins
Overcoming prejudice, he became an outstanding scientist for God and country.