10 Time-Saving Second Semester ELA Activities

What second semester ELA lessons will you bring to your classroom? These lessons will engage students as the weather starts to warm. #MiddleSchoolELA #HighSchoolELA

The second semester is HARD. Teachers are tired. Kids are tired. We adults still have standards to meet, minds to shape.

With all of that in mind, here are ten second semester ELA activities.

March Task Cards

Add common writing errors to your station rotations or to classroom discussions. These March task cards are perfect for older students because they cover standards, and they also encourage discussion amongst peers.

Figurative Language

Figurative language is not only meant to be read. Make it come to life with these figurative language truth or dare task cards. Watch students laugh and be creative as they recall key literary devices and use examples in conversation with peers.

Narrative Writing

Allowing students to stretch their creative muscles helps second second semester ELA classes move. I start with a narrative presentation that outlines expectations and defines confusing terms. Then, I provide student choice with writing prompts. (You can download those for free!)

Grammar Games

Need to make grammar practice more engaging? Spring is the perfect time to begin synthesizing all of the grammar skills students have learned as they prepare for test prep season. Incorporate these grammar games into your lesson plans for student-driven learning and movement.

Test Prep Presentation

We don’t like it, but sometimes our schools or parents ask for it: test prep. I divide the English portion into sections for my students. This not only makes the material manageable, but it also allows me to review where necessary. The goal? Targeted and manageable practice so students don’t burn out.

Root Words Minilesson

Students don’t always understand how to use root words as a strategy for attacking new words in reading. Dig into what root words are and how students can use them to determine the meaning of known words with this minilesson and visual organizer.

Theme Graphic Organizers

No matter what literature you are teaching, you can discuss theme. I use graphic organizers to provide student choice, to brainstorm with students, and to scaffold understanding. At this point in the school year, students understand our procedures, and giving student choice is a normal activity.

Informational Texts Lesson

Students need to understand what informational texts are in order to navigate them as readers and researchers. Introduce or review types of informational texts and common informational text structures with this free presentation and notes set.

Digital Grammar

Digital grammar has changed the way I differentiate grammar activities. I can assign different students their individual activities, and no one else knows what any one is getting! I’m so excited about digital grammar that I made this lesson free for you to experiment.

Reading Journal Prompts

Whether you’re doing book clubs or literature circles or just reading in any format, students need to be writing about reading. These journal prompts provide twenty different angles. Build them into choice activities, learning stations, or reading workshop! The built-in rubric allows you to provide quick feedback.

There you go! Second semester ELA activities to save you time and keep you moving.

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What second semester ELA lessons will you bring to your classroom? These lessons will engage students as the weather starts to warm. #MiddleSchoolELA #HighSchoolELA

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