How to Survive Middle School

At the beginning of this school year, 8th graders at Ockerman Middle School presented advice to the 6th graders on how to “survive” (or be successful) over the next 3 years of middle school. Through this project, 8th graders followed the steps of the writing process, cited personal evidence, developed a thesis, and incorporated technology. Students learned oral presentation skills, organization, and compassion for their fellow classmates. The students decided what advice to present to the 6th graders as well as providing their personal examples as support. They also had their choice in how to present the information. The relationship between 6th and 8th graders at Ockerman Middle School has certainly changed. The 8th graders did a great job helping the 6th graders to feel more comfortable in the school building.