Creative Literature Projects Students Love Sometimes it’s difficult to get students interested in literature, especially the classics. Spicing up lesson plans with some creative projects allows students who are not traditionally academically successful to show what they’ve learned in a slightly different way. The results can be refreshing and rewarding! Here are ways you can spice up your lessons as well have examples of what I have done in my classroom. Creating Themed Environments in Your Classroom Creating a classroom party around a themed book topic can be fun and educational. My Great Gatsby Party Mastery-based learning is a classroom management solution for students who don'... A few outdoor teaching strategies that can help to maximize your students’... How to stress and teach kindness. A few teaching strategies to help your students think like optimists. Five classroom management reasons to let your students select their own stories. This is the first year I’ve tried this project, but it was fun and really successful. Poem Parody
Graffiti Wall: Discussing and Responding to Literature Using Graphics Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice This lesson is used for discussion of a novel read by the whole class. back to top Literary Graffiti Interactive: Using this online tool, students draw images about a text they are reading. Claggett (1992) states that "the use of graphics will help students make meaning as they read, write, and act, [which] is firmly rooted in current thinking about how the mind works." Teaching students to visualize what they are reading and create graphic symbols helps them develop as readers. Further Reading Claggett, Fran, and Joan Brown. 1992. Armstrong, Thomas. 2003. Dale, Helen. 1997.
Beyond the Book Report: Ways to Respond to Literature Using New York Times Models Victor J. Blue for The New York TimesWord, a bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, provides guidance to browsers with irreverent “shelf talkers,” like this one for “The Book of Night Women,” by Marlon James.Go to related article » | Go to related slide show » Below, we present some alternatives to that classic classroom assignment, the book report. Do you assign book reports, in any format, to your students? A Times-Style Book Review Read The Times’s Books section to scan several current book reviews of novels, story collections and poetry, and to use the search feature to find reviews of older books. Next, write your own Times-style review of a book, incorporating many of these elements. Book Talk, With You as Host Create a podcast around a book or author, perhaps inspired by the format of those found in the Times’ Book Review. You might also include free-form segments like “The Book That Changed My Life,” “What We’re Reading,” or “My First-Ever Favorite Book.” Judging the Book by Its Cover
Book Reports 20 Ways of Looking at the BookThese activities address multiple intelligences and a range of student ability levels. 21 Literary Temporary Tattoos Every Book Lover NeedsThese images can serve as models for student response to reading. Students could design a tattoo for a character and then write an essay explaining or justifying their choices. 91 Ways to Respond to LiteratureMultiple intelligences, varied ability levels, traditional to cutting-edge: you'll find book report ideas here! This list was originally compiled by Anne J. 150 Book Report AlternativesGreat ideas for audio, 3-D, artistic, and written responses to responses to reading. Baseball Book ReportsPrintable handouts with a baseball theme for young readers. Better Book Reports and Better Book Reports: 25 More Ideas! Beyond the Book ReportA list of 35 ways to respond to reading. Beyond the Book Report: Ways to Respond to Literature Using New York Times ModelsA list of 13 alternatives to traditional book analysis. Books Alive!
Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives In my last post I described 10 ways to cultivate a love of reading in kids. I want to expand on that theme by suggesting 10 alternatives to the book report. I'm not a fan of book reports; I don't think they are an effective way for a student to demonstrate understanding of a book and I don't think they help students enjoy or appreciate reading. Let's consider some activities that allow a student to show understanding of a book and that might be enjoyable. This selection of activities is also intended to meet the needs of different kinds of learners -- or to contribute to the development of skills beyond writing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. This is by no means an exhaustive list of alternatives to book reports, but I hope it's spurred some thinking about how to get students to respond to books they read. What alternatives to book reports have you offered students?
Projects to Engage Middle School Readers It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature. Peanuts raises some interesting questions about the value of reading projects. Does Lucy clearly articulate her understanding of Peter Rabbit? In middle school, we ask students to dissect texts and perform literary analysis. Demonstrate understanding of the plot elementsExplore the role of tone and themeIdentify significant scenes or events and their impact on the storyAnalyze a character and show an understanding of that character's motivationsExplain the relationship between the author's life and the story . . . does it have to be an essay or book report? Book Trailers In the spirit of movie trailers, book trailers allow students to create video advertisements to entice new readers. Podcasts
What Is Readers Theater Readers Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. It involves children in…. sharing literature, reading aloud, writing scripts, performing with a purpose, and working collaboratively. Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library? Readers Theater helps to…. develop fluency through repeated exposure to text. increase comprehension. integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context. engage students. Tips for Implementing Readers Theater Model expressive reading often. Selecting Text for a Readers Theater Script Tips for Creating a Readers Theater Script It is not necessary to use a piece of literature in its entirety. Start with picture books. An effective reader….
Mr. Wehr's 8th grade English Class || Lesson 1b: Mood & Tone with Poetry, Music, and Film BCRs (Brief Constructed Responses) While examining the concepts of mood and tone, you will be expected to analyze your thought process as well as the actual “text” in writing to each of the three BCR prompts below. Your responses must refer to direct details from the “texts” in order to gain full credit. Each area of the BCR response should be fairly brief. Here is a link of the document that is pasted below (you were given this in class) BCRs for Mood & Tone.doc Here is a link to the document containing mood and tone words (you were given this in class as well) tonemood words.doc BCR #1: “Fear” by Gabriel Mistral (poetry--in text book p. 368) Active Reading Responses a) What is happening in the text? b) What were you doing while trying to understand the text? Analysis Responses c) What is the mood & tone? d) What do you feel the poet fears in our world based on details from the text? James Newton Howard- Be With You.mp3 Composed by James Newton Howard/The Happening OST Film Trailers + Links