Middle schoolers love to perform. A great way to get them thinking about a topic such as respect, responsibility, or even the pillars of character is to have them create their own skits. I've had success in having students create two versions of a skit. For example, one skit would show respect, while the other showed disrespect in the same scenario. Students brainstorm, type scripts, create props, and act out their skits. This is also a great way to connect with younger students. Middle schoolers love to perform for little kids. Have fun with it! You could even do the skit of the month!