THANKSGIVING TRIVIA GAME: Looking for zero-prep Thanksgiving activities for middle school? This trivia game helps keep your students learning and engaged, even in the days before a holiday break. It’s zero-prep for you, and text and images are 99% editable.

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Since Ragnarokthe great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.

Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.

Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.


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What’s Your Genre Personality? Quiz: A fun way to recommend books and genres to students!

Are your students Questioners? Escapists? Besties? There are nine genre personalities--which one are you? photo PIN_Whats Your Genre.png
UPDATE: July 30, 2018–A new genre personality has been born! Introducing…The Activist! I have updated the quizzes and bookmarks on TPT to reflect this ninth genre personality. If you purchased the product previously, you can download the update free by clicking the link below.

The Genre Personality Quiz is great for Back to School! You can use the Genre Personality Quiz with almost no preparation–it’s all ready to go!

***All slides shown below are from the Elementary Version of the quiz.***

If you already purchased the quiz on TPT, go here and re-download the file. Hello, Activist!

Download both elementary and MS/HS genre personality quizzes at Teachers Pay Teachers.


Remember those Teen magazine personality quizzes we took in middle school? Or more recently, the Buzzfeed quizzes about “What ice cream flavor are you?” or “What’s the best state for you to live in?” Well, I’m took a page from that playbook and developed the “What’s Your Genre Personality?” quiz for school libraries and classrooms!

I give a genre personality quiz every year to my incoming sixth grade students. It’s a fun way to introduce genre and give the students an idea of what kinds of books they might be interested in reading. Since our library is genre-fied, students are easily able to find and select books based on genre.

The quiz is clearly more fun than scientific, but I do think that it helps give students direction. If nothing else, it gets them thinking about choosing books based on their interests. The genres featured correspond with my library’s genre sections. Once downloaded, you can edit the quiz and change the genres to suit your library as needed.

Recommended for: Grade 4-9

Number of slides: 27 on each presentation (ES and MS/HS)

Technology requirements: computer, projector, screen, copier

Student supplies: pencil + paper or printed quiz

Number of questions: 12

Number of genre personalities: 9

Time: 45 minutes

Each genre personality is described on its own slide at the end. Multiple genre recommendations are given for each genre personality (this slide is from the MS/HS version):

The Questioner

The Escapist

The Innovator

The Realist

The History Buff

The Thrill-Seeker

The Comedian

The Romantic (for elementary: The Bestie)

The Activist




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