Of Catalogues and Crushes

Curricular Connections

Drama, Music, Close Reading, English Language Arts, Social and Emotional Learning


  • The reproducible handouts for this activity
  • A pen or pencil
  • Scratch paper

Common Core Standards

This activity directly supports the following ELA-Literacy Common Core Strands:

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6–8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.