As the end of the school year approaches, teachers and students alike may feel burnt out and tired. However, it’s important to keep the momentum going and finish the year off strong. That’s why we’re excited to share six engaging ELA activities that will help keep your students motivated until the very end.
In this episode, we’ll cover a range of activities that incorporate technology, collaboration, and choice to make learning more enjoyable and interactive for your students. From choice boards to literary field trips, student-led book talks to silent debates, there’s something for everyone.
Some of these activities may seem intimidating to plan or may have been overlooked earlier in the year, but I encourage you to give them a try. By trying new things and keeping the learning experience fresh and exciting, you’ll help your students be engaged and motivated for the remainder of the school year.
In this episode on finishing the year strong, I share:
- Choice boards – always a good thing to offer students choices in their learning
- Student Led Book Talks – let students be in control
- Literary Field Trips – incorporates technology and literature
- Book Clubs – provide a real world experience
- Silent Debates – a great way for students to collaborate
- Podcasts – fun ideas for students to work together in an argumentative or persuasive unit
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- FREE Book Club Planning Guide
- Silent Debate (Introduction to Debate)
- Student Led Book Talks
- Book Clubs for Secondary ELA
Related blog posts and podcast episodes:
- #16 The Value of Book Clubs in Secondary ELA
- #17 How to Plan and Implement Book Clubs in Secondary ELA
- #18 Strategies for Peer to Peer Conversations (Student Led Book Talks)
- Benefits of Book Clubs in Middle School ELA
- Academic Conversations Though Silent Debates
Be sure to join the Secondary ELA Facebook group where we will be continuing the conversation on activities to end the school year