8th Grade Students Experience Anxiety in Transitioning to High School

Cherise James – Webquest 2






The end of your Middle School career is soon approaching and you have successfully spent the past three years growing, learning and expanding in your academic knowledge and in your knowledge of self and the world around you. Soon you are about to embark on a new stage of life in the Fall, High School! The unknown can cause worry, anxiety and fear. How will you make friends? What classes will you take? How will you survive and thrive?


Students will complete a Google Survey to identify the number of students who feel prepared or feel anxious about attending High School in the Fall.



You will be placed into groups of 3-4 students to complete this task. Each group will be assigned a website/article to research solutions to Middle School anxiety.


This task will have three steps for you to complete:

 1st: you will complete a survey about 8th grade anxiety about high school

 2nd: each group will read articles that provide solutions to the transitioning to high school anxiety

3rd: each group will create a PowerPoint presentation or present their findings on chart paper




A groups can present their information on chart paper


B groups will present their information using PowerPoint




In groups of 3, each group will consist of the following roles:


Reader ­– One student will read through the website/article for viable solutions to overcoming anxiety in your middle school to high school transition


Recorder – One student will take notes on what the reader has read to be used for the presentation


Organizer – One student will organize the notes into a PowerPoint Presentation


*All students must speak during the presentation in order to receive credit.


Create at least one slide for each step of the PPA. There are links to the worksheet for each Step to include in your presentation.

Step 1. Define the problem

Step 2: Gather the Evidence

Step 3: Identify the causes

Step 4: Evaluate an Existing Policy

Step 5: Develop Solutions

Step 6: Select the Best Solution


You may use the links below to support your presentation:


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You must check for any grammatical or spelling errors, and your overall presentation must be 6-9 slides long.

Each student is required to participate in the presentation.

Power Point Rubric




Demonstrated an exemplary effort in collecting and organizing the information through creative use of graphics and text. Slides are error free.



Showed good effort in the presentation, however graphics and text reflect only an average effort. Some errors.



Showed minimal          effort in the presentation. Graphics and text appear to be less than average.  Lots of errors.

Overall Power Point



An exemplary power point. The presentation kept my interest and was among the very best in class.



A good power point. The presenter demonstrated the ability to utilize the various features of the program, however, the presentation did not always keep my interest.



The presenter needed outside assistance in getting through the presentation.


Oral Presentation Rubric



Satisfactory/Needs work


Spoke in a loud, clear voice. Made eye contact with the audience. Didn’t make long pauses.

Most of the time spoke in a loud, clear voice. Made eye contact with the audience.

Knowledge of Material

Knows information and is able to clearly present it to others.

Hesitant, read most of the time.


By the end of this assignment you will have at least 10 concrete next steps of how to overcome the anxiety of transitioning from Middle School to High School.  


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

3-LS3-2. Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.