Literary Yoga: Yoga for the English Classroom

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Research shows that sitting for long periods of time is horrible for our brains and bodies. My classes are 90 minutes long, so I'm constantly searching for ways to add more movement to break up the sitting time. One morning during a yoga workout, this lesson was born.

In this lesson, I've matched yoga poses to literary elements so that teachers can not only give their students a stretching break, but also promote critical thinking while doing so.

You will get:
1 set of 13 task cards
1 set of 11 numbered center posters
1 PowerPoint (slides can be deleted and moved, but words cannot be changed unless you add a new text box over the permanent one)

These sets include:

13 Yoga poses that can be done with regular clothes (and dresses with a little modification)

13 different universal literary connections
-Conflict and Resilience
- Internal and external conflict
-Flat (static) characters
- Round (dynamic) characters
-Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle
-Love Triangle connections
-Plot Triangle
-Symbolism
-Mood
-Powerful quotes
-Point of View
-Insight

I also include multiple ways to use this lesson in a teacher's note.

Here are some highlights of the ways to use this lesson:
1. A no-prep story or novel review
2. A whole group brain break
3. Small group discussion starters
4. A fun way to wake students up
5. A fun and non-hateful way to help students focus

****Note****The poses in this lesson are easy enough (or can be modified enough) that most all students and teachers will be able to participate. However, this lesson DOES require that teachers have a certain personality. Don't be afraid to laugh through some of these poses with your students when you need a light-hearted moment. Or, turn on some yoga music (there's a Pandora station for this!) and lower the lights for a more serious think time.

Check out the preview for an overview of what you will get! I hope that you and your students love this lesson!

You may also enjoy reading this blog post about yoga in the classroom:

Yoga in the Secondary Classroom

Do you know a K-4 teacher who would love a modified adaptation to this lesson? Check out my:
Reading Yoga

If you need the numbers changed on the centers for any reason, please email me at Bsbooklove@gmail.com and I will be glad to change them for you!
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Literary Yoga: Yoga for the English Classroom
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Literary Yoga: Yoga for the English Classroom
Literary Yoga: Yoga for the English Classroom