Language Arts Activities

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Language Arts Activities - "Utopian and Dystopian Society Novel Projects"

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"Utopian and Dystopian Society Novel Projects" offers teachers three activities that will add depth to students' ,understanding of these types of societies. Their purpose is to augment the study of any Utopian/Dystopian novel from classics such as Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and George Orwell's "Animal Farm" to contemporary readings such as Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" trilogy and Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series.
Activities Include:
1. Societal Questionnaire: What Makes a Utopian World?
2. Individual Project: Quote Journals, and
3. Group Project: New World Conference Proposal

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 Activity: Critical Thinking: Four Corners Activity
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These activities allow students to show their analytic and critical-thinking skills in speaking and writing. This activity offers teachers a good writing baseline, so they can assess what areas of writing they need to focus on during the year.
NOTE: This is an excellent activity because it:
1. Makes the students think
2. Teaches them to express themselves verbally in a non-argumentative manner
3. Requires them to listen to others’ opinions
4. Gets the students actively involved on the first day of school.
The packet includes
1. Detailed Teacher Notes
2. Detailed Student Directions
3. A poster for each corner of the classroom which states: Agree, Disagree, Ambivalent, or No Opinion.

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Mob Mentality Worksheet

Middle School and High School Mob Mentality Activity
Although this activity is one lesson in my The Crucible (Arthur Miller) Unit Plan, here is a version of it that is more generic so teachers can use it with other literature where mob mentality plays an active role. This lesson will engage Middle and High School students while they strengthen their critical thinking skills as well as their writing and speaking skills. 

Is mob mentality always negative? Can it have a positive impact on society? Is the media a perpetrator or a victim of this type of action? These are just a few of the questions that students will explore individually and as a group during this lesson.

Activity: Seasonal Similes and Mouth-Watering Metaphors
Activity: Seasonal Similes and Mouth-Watering Metaphors

Keep students on-task during December exploring characters and developing skills writing similes and metaphors with this activity that combines the two elements of literature. One two-page handout has students think of similes and metaphors for characters from books and short stories that they have read using world holiday foods. After that they choose one simile or metaphor they created and expand it into an extended metaphor poem. The second two-page handout follows the same format, but uses Christmas foods for the similes and metaphors. This yummy activity is sure to get their gray matter churning while visions of candy canes, oranges and sweet treats dance in their heads. ($2.00)
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Activity: Guess Who's Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner

Activity: Guess Who's Coming to Thanksgiving DinnerDuring the days before Thanksgiving vacation, teachers can use a fun activity to keep their students thinking and writing. This engaging handout will encourage the students to think about the characters that they have encountered in their literature during the fall. Each young person will choose a character to invite to Thanksgiving dinner, and then will write about the event as if it is the day after Thanksgiving. Students have to think analytically as they describe the setting, identify who was present, write a conversation using proper dialogue format and evaluate the situation that transpired. Teachers can use this activity to assess the students' understanding of the character each chose as they examine their charges' higher level thinking and writing skills. Have the students write their rough draft on a separate sheet of paper, revise it for spelling, punctuation (especially for dialogue format), grammar and content and then write their final copy on the handout. Give them one class period for the rough draft and one for the final copy (or they can complete the final copy for homework). ($1.50) http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Activity-Guess-Whos-Coming-to-Thanksgiving-Dinner

Activity Language Arts: Personal Collage Present Project 
Middle School and High School Activity Language Arts: Personal Collage Present Project
This one slide posting gives directions for students to make a personal collage using the first letter of their first name. Using pictures, photos, words, phrases, lyrics and quotes by characters (authors) from books they've read, they show who they are, their likes, dislikes, beliefs, etc. Parents love these. They also are good to give to a friend, or teachers can create bulletin boards. this project allows students to show their teachers and peers "The Me I Want You to Know". ($1.25)
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 Activity (Language Arts): My Life's Journey
Middle School and High School ELA Activity
All life is a journey. This activity lets students create a pictorial life map from their birth to the present day. The project will be completed totally by using images with brief captions. Although I have used this assignment in conjunction with teaching The Odyssey, it can accompany any story that involves a journey. Most years, I used this with students in grades 6-9, but I also used it in creative writing classes and as an extra credit project with the study of Into the Wild. Upper elementary students would enjoy this activity, too. An engaging project for the first week of school or anytime during the year. ($1.25)
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LOVE NOTES - 6 Activities to show, “I love you,” or “I love you not”

Middle School and High School Valentine's Day Activity
In this 5-page packet, LOVE NOTES - 6 Activities to show, “I love you,” or “I love you not," Middle and High School students have the opportunity to explore and reveal their feelings about this holiday as well as those of characters from their required and independent reading.
Activities include
A Character Love Song
Is Valentine’s Day a Save or a Delete?, and
A Quartet of Valentine’s Day Warm-Ups


Activity: Valentine's Day You Sent What??? Cards
Activity: Valentine's Day You Sent What??? Cards

Valentine’s Day isn’t always an occasion showcased by happy hearts, aromatic bouquets of flowers and luscious boxes of chocolates. Because of various conflicts, peoples’ words and actions might be prompted by feelings of revenge, sadness and selfishness instead of forgiveness, joy and giving. In this activity, Valentine's Day You Sent What??? Cards, students must consider the characters and their conflicts in the fiction or non-fiction work they are currently reading or in any other literature that they have read this year in school (teacher’s choice). Their finished project will show how these characters would handle Valentine’s Day. ($2.50)
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Activity: Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make Me a Match
Middle School and High School Valentine's Day Activity
 For this Valentine's Day activity, students will choose the Best Couple of the Year from characters in any book or story that they have read for a class assignment over the years. At least one woman and one man must be from the piece that they are currently reading in class. Students complete an About Me card for each character they choose by using facts from the stories and by making inferences using the information that they have gathered from the books they read. Next, they analyze their answers and choose who would make the best match with the greatest chance of forming a permanent relationship. Finally, they defend their choices by explaining their decision. This is a fun way for students to show their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. ($2.00)
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Activity: Dynamite Resolutions for the New Year
Activity: Dynamite Resolutions for the New YearThis is the same product that I downloaded before, but with a white background, for those teachers who would prefer no color. Spark your students' thinking after the long break with this terrific activity where they make resolutions that characters from their readings would make. After they do that, they analyze why this is a good pledge for each person. ($1.25)
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Activity: Winter Wonders "December Character Project"
Activity: Winter Wonders "December Character Project"
The whole objective of this activity is for students to have fun showing their understanding of the elements of literature while teachers retain their sanity during this month of emotional highs and lows.
First, students choose a seasonal character from the list of stories, movies and television shows (or one of their own-with teacher approval). Next, they select a project to complete. Each of the six choices combines visual and written components. After they complete their projects, students will present them to the class. ($2.00) http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Activity-Winter-Wonders-December-Characters-Project


Activity: Hail to the Chief
Activity: Hail to the Chief
This project is a great way to engage students in a presidential campaign, an inauguration, or to celebrate President's Day in February. For this project, each student chooses a character from a novel to run for President of the United States. This character can be from a book they read in class or from their independent reading. All information that the students include must reveal the author's presentation of this character as well as the student's analysis and interpretation of the person. Students will create a whole campaign for this character. ($1.25) http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Activity-Hail-to-the-Chief-192533


Activity: MLK Day Dare to Dream Handout
Activity: MLK Day Dare to Dream
Here is a product for Martin Luther King Day or for Black History Month. The students are to:
1.Read and or view and listen to Rev. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. (URLs are included).
2. Explain what aspects of his speech have come true in the 40+ years since it was delivered.
3. Choose a character from the book they are currently reading and summarize what he/she would say about the speech.
4. Write an "I Have a Dream" speech from the point of view of that character. This speech must show the societal values and beliefs of the time period in which the book takes place.
Students should complete the handout in class and revise and write a final draft of the speech for homework. ($1.25) http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Activity-MLK-Day-Dare-to-Dream-Handout

Activity: Presenting the Academic Awards for Literature
Activity: Presenting the Academic Awards for Literature

Hook the students' interest about the Academy Awards. For this activity, the Academic Awards for Literature, the students' mission is to choose the best literature, from both fiction and non-fiction, for this year’s awards.The categories for the awards are based on the elements of literature (characters, settings, plots/conflicts, symbols, themes and point of views). ($2.50)
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Activity: You Are Invited
Activity: You Are InvitedStudents love parties! Here is a project that ties in with any reading. Although a novel or novelette works best because of the abundance of details and information, short stories can work, too. For the latter type of reading, students might have to dive into their imaginations to create specifics that will match up with the text, though. But that's a good thing since higher-order thinking skills love to be exercised along with concrete reasoning. A non-fiction personal narrative is also chock full of the elements of literature (characters, plot, conflict, setting, themes, symbols) and would be a good alternative choice. Besides, the Common Core Standards are looking for more non-fiction in the classrooms. ($4.00)
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Activity: Comparing Books and Movies Worksheet
Activity: Comparing Books and Movies Worksheet
This worksheet offers teachers multiple classroom uses. They can use it to assess whether students have read the book comprehensively, to assign after they show the film, or to offer it for extra credit to students who watch it on their own when they don't show it in class. However it is utilized, it gives students an oppertunity to expand their critical thinking skills. ($1.25)
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Activity: Leafing Through the Story
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October and November are perfect times for students to rake through their brains to decorate leaves with the elements of literature along with examples from the story they are reading that illustrate them. Students use any of the fall-colored leaves included in this 6-page packet. They label each one with the element of literature that they are using, and then they include an example of this element along with the page number where they found it. When they are finished, they cut out the leaves and glue them into a pile on a piece of construction paper. This is an excellent story review for students to show their understanding of each element of literature and how each of one is crucial to building a solid story structure. ($1.50) http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Activity-Leafing-Through-the-Story-358108
Language Arts Activity: Literature Task Cards
Middle School and High School Language Arts Literature Task Cards
The elements of literature: Plot/Conflict, Character, Setting, Theme, Symbols, Tone and Point of View as well as a set titled, My Insights, are each represented by six color-coded task cards that reveal questions for students to explore their comprehension of the text. The points that they address cover: Understanding/ Remembering, applying knowledge, analyzing ideas, evaluating situations and characters' actions, and composing original pieces based on the text.
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Language Arts Activity - "It's Time for Cause and Consequence"
Middle School and High School Language Arts Activity
In this activity, "It's Time for Cause and Consequence," students explore the permanent connection between Character-Conflict-Resolution. By the time that they have completed the required work,they will be more aware of how every action leads to a reaction, and how both impact the Resolution. Download this product from
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Language Arts Activity: April Excursions- Poetry in Motion
Middle School and High School Language Arts Poetry Activity
April is the perfect month for teachers and students to take an excursion on the Lesson-Up Express. This posting offers two tickets:

Option 1. A Literary Connections Tour:
This ticket offers students the chance to find poems, poets and lyrics that fit the themes of any novel or narrative non-fiction book that they are studying. To complete this trip, students will work individually or in teacher-chosen groups to analyze a poem (teacher or student selected). See the Teacher Notes for finding poems that connect with story themes, and
Option 2. A Poetry Camp Trip
If students choose this ticket, they will create five original poems from the types written on the tree branches on the cover of this offering and/or types they choose with the teacher’s approval. After they have composed the poems, they will put them in a literary magazine that they created, and will illustrate each one with original or found images.
Poetry Performance Buffet:
All students will present either the results of their Literary Connections Tour or two poems from their Poetry Camp Trip at the Poetry Performance Buffet at the end of the month. See the download for complete details on how to manage this aspect of the project. ($4.50)
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Activity: Poetry on Parade
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"Poetry, It's Elemental, My dears." I use this play on the famous quote by Sherlock Holmes to show my students that poetry is ever-present in their lives through the music they pipe into their ears. We listen to some of their music, I review, the elements of poetry, the students teach a poem focusing on one of the elements, and they also write a poem. The unit culminates with a test on the elements of poetry so the students can show their deeper understanding of these terms. This product is aligned with Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy. In ten pages it includes: Teacher Notes, complete student directions, a sign up sheet where students select a teacher-chosen poem to prepare a lesson for and to present, an Imagery Activity sheet, a 60 point test with an answer key, and two rubrics: one for grading the students' analysis of their poem and the other to grade their presentation. Bonus: both rubrics can be used with any literary analytic essay and presentation
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Activity: Making Memories-A Yearbook Spread
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One of the highlights of the students' school year is receiving their yearbooks. They pore through the pages to see how many times they were mentioned, to groan or giggle about how they and their peers were depicted and to critique the photos, all with the same intensity that we wish they showed for the books they studied that year.

Making Memories-A Yearbook Spread Activity, they will be able to combine their understanding of the characters in a book that they studied that year with their ideas for the "Perfect" yearbook spread. ($1.50)
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Language Arts Activity: Message - The Meaning is in the Words
Middle School and High School Figurative Language Activity
Figurative language enriches our reading and listening adventures and adds depth to our understanding of the piece. In my latest Middle and High School English lesson plan,
Language Arts Activity: Message - The Meaning is in the Words, students explore similes, metaphors, personification, sensory imagery and hyperbole in the stories that they study in class.

They exhibit their understanding for the types of figurative language with their selections to analyze, and deepen their comprehension with their explanations.

Add this Middle and High School English Language Arts lesson plan to your teaching repertoire.  

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Language Arts Activity - Road Trip Time
Middle School and High School Language Arts Reading & Writing Activity
No matter the time of year, road trips often fill the daydreams of students-and teachers. This language arts lesson for Middle and High School students, "Road Trip Time," allows students to live vicariously through the character that they select. These characters may be from:
1. The teacher's pre-made list using stories they have studied in class
2. The student's choice from stories they have studied in class, or
3. Students' choices from their independent reading.

The teacher chooses when this activity will enhance lesson content and will develop reading comprehension as well as writing and higher level thinking skills.

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English Language Arts Activity - Conflicted by Conflict
Middle School and High School English Language Arts Conflict Activity
This English Language Arts Lesson Plan, "Conflicted by Conflict" will enable middle and high school students to show how a character of their choice from a story that they are studying should respond to a conflict that appears in a different venue, i.e. movies, another book, a news piece, a song lyric on a contemporary life situation.

For each venue, the students will:
1. Summarize How the Conflict is Revealed in that selection
2. Reveal the character’s Antagonist in that specific genre
3. Show the Character’s Action/Reaction to this conflict.

Download this activity which includes detailed Teacher Notes from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Activity-Conflicted-by-Conflict-1310733 ($2.00)

Comprehension and Writing Activities: Falling Into Character
Middle School and High School Comprehension and Writing Activities
New lessons for Middle and High School students always ignite a bonfire of teaching and learning enthusiasm. "Comprehension and Writing Activities: Falling Into Character" offers three more character analysis lessons that you can add to your Teaching Ideas Repertoires. Three handouts - "Island Odyssey," Fleshing Out Character," and "It's a Halloween Party" offer students opportunities to reveal their comprehension of the characters they are studying by analyzing them while writing and speaking. 

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Comprehension and Writing Activity - Trick or Treat?
Middle School and High SchoolElements of Literature Activity
No matter their ages, students are always looking forward to Halloween when the calendar flips to October. The four activities in this Middle School and High School packet, "Comprehension and Writing Activity - Trick or Treat?" enable teachers to keep their charges on task with lessons that address four of the elements of literature. Download this packet that includes detailed Teacher Notes from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Comprehension-and-Writing-Activity-Trick-or-Treat-1484248 ($2.00)







Comprehension, Writing and Thinking- A Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Activities
Middle School and High School Comprehension & Writing Activities
With Halloween on the horizon, that means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This trio of lessons, "Comprehension, Writing and Thinking- A Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Activities," will keep middle and high school students engaged and practicing their comprehension, writing and higher level thinking skills as they await their much anticipated vacation. With these three activities, your students will not only join you at the Learning Table, but will be asking for, "More brain food, please." Download this packet from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Comprehension-Writing-and-Thinking-A-Thanksgiving-Cornucopia-of-Activities-1523123 ($3.50).