and colleges. What about trying to catch
some of that fever in your English language arts classroom? Here are a couple of
slam dunk ideas for bridging the gap between sports and academics.
vocabulary words that you teach each week? Try having students make spirit
posters for their favorite sport at your school using vocabulary words!
students need to brush up on their figurative language terms. Assign groups
different terms (or let them choose) and ask them to make a poster describing
their favorite sport or team using the figurative language term. Use my
figurative language assessment pack to follow up with the activity! Or try my FREE sports-themed coloring by figurative language sheet to add more creative practice!
3) Fiction and Nonfiction: There are
plenty of short stories, poems, and even nonfiction on the topic of sports
about which students can READ! A couple of my favorites are my “The Boys of Fall” by Kenney Chesney poetry lesson and my hot topics info text lesson on hazing. My newest novel guide, Bleachers,
is hot off the presses, too, for those who have time to squeeze in a novel this
time of year! I’ve even provided a set of close reading excerpts with ELA skills for those who don’t have time for a complete novel. These close reading exercises would be perfect in learning stations as well. Here’s a creative activity from my Bleachers unit that requires students to consider color and number symbolism. (By the way, email newsletter followers received this activity free this month! See the link at the bottom to get signed up!)
prompt or task on the topic of sports. A creative narrative writing task where
students tell the story of a heroic athlete on and off the field would be fun
and inspiring. Need to bring in a little more argumentative writing? Try a prompt
where students argue the advantages of one sport over another or whether sports
should be included in the school day. Tackle a quick lesson on claims, counterclaims, and rebuttals while you’re at it.
little longer or access to technology? How about a short research-based
project where students research the number of injuries in high school sports
and create a media show to present their findings. Throw in a little MLA 8th edition review to exercise and stretch your students’ brains a little more!
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