Engaging Students at the End of the Year: The Literary Road Trip

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A sunny May can make for a difficult classroom. June is close by, summer is nearly upon us, and it can be hard for students to focus. I try to channel the desire to get out of school and hit the open road by asking students about literary road trips they would take. This allows them to daydream about road trips while also considering the rich availability of authorial landmarks. I’m willing to bet wherever you live, an author lived there, slept there, or wrote there for at least a short period of time.

Some smaller ideas:
*have students research and write about a destination related to an author and find a photo of the place–they could just make one slide of a presentation about this.
*have students research and write about a destination mentioned in a book you read this year–they could do this on their own or share with the class.

More elaborate projects:
*ask students to create a website including: a roadtrip mixtape, a map of destinations, an explanation of who they might want to travel with, and a list of books they might take to read along the way.
*encourage students to plan a hypothetical class field trip to a destination mentioned in your books or discussion this year.
*assign students to create a road trip a literary character might take.  Have them decide what type of car they’d drive, where they’d visit, who might join them.

Posted by Kate, VP Secondary, PCTELA

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Engaging Students at the End of the Year: The Literary Road Trip

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