Kinesthetic Without the Krazy
This Maze covers author’s craft in passages from James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. Students learn the following author’s craft moves: Figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification), show don’t tell when developing a character’s traits, imagery, repetition for effect, colons to set up a list, and appositives.
I love to let students move around when they learn, but I Do NOT love the loud and off task behavior that can come with kinesthetic learning. So here is a kinesthetic lesson without the "Krazy." (Krazy = the potential for any of the following classroom management problems: opting out, letting others do all the work, loud and/or off task behavior, and having more fun than learning.)
These lessons are aligned with NoRedInk’s lessons on embedding quotations. I’ve found that students are much more engaged with NoRedInk (which is excellent) after we’ve done some of these fun lessons first. This is especially true for disadvantaged students and students who tend to give up easily.
*This product is a zipped folder with PDF documents.
*The product is fully editable so you can change wording (i.e. dependent vs. subordinate clause, class vs. period, etc.).
What is The Maze you ask? (For a free Maze, please see Independent vs. Dependent Clauses Kinesthetic Maze.)
In short, the students go into numerous “Mazes” throughout the year. Before our first Maze, we read a section of the book The Maze Runner. (However, you can certainly do the Maze without mentioning the book.)
I normally set up the Maze in the hallway, and students have to crack a code by finding clues on papers taped to the wall. Please note: this is NOT a real maze. The Maze is in their imaginations. In reality, they are in a much scarier place: a middle school hallway.
This is only one of the many kinesthetic Maze lessons I’ve created to motivate middle or early high schoolers.
Give The Maze a try. Your students will thank you for it.
p.s. The first time you run a Maze it can seem intimidating. But the motivational and educational benefits of it are worth the learning curve. I promise.