Score 30% off on these fun ELA high school seasonal resources! Now you will be equipped for every major holiday of the high school year with speaking and writing activities that your holiday-fueled students will love.
Back to School Impromptu Speaking
These 32 back to school speech topics are real crowd pleasers. Speaking for a minute on these fun impromptu topics about their holiday will introduce the idea to students that they need to be active contributors in your class! Alternatively, they could write on their topic instead, and share it in a small group. A peer feedback handout is included – ‘Two terrifics and a tweak’ – so that students can give each other both positive feedback and one suggestion for any future public speaking opportunities.
Halloween Fast Fun Debating Activity
This Halloween activity gives students a fun, fast debate and public speaking lesson. No debate experience is required. Instead of using the traditional two person team debate format, this activity calls upon students to debate in a simple one-on-one format. There are four serious resolutions like Be it resolved that Halloween's values are unhealthy, and four light-hearted ones. Within a one hour lesson students face four different 'opponents' and debate four different topics - two serious, two light- selected from a choice of eight. They give short speeches and both ask questions and answer their opponents. At the end of each round they fill out a brief peer evaluation and a brief self evaluation.
What this resource contains:
A detailed lesson plan.
A list of 8 topics.
A printable two sided graphic organizer for students to organize their debate outline and possible questions.
A printable page containing four peer evaluations.
A printable page containing four self reflections.
Thanksgiving Impromptu Speaking
These 32 fun Thanksgiving impromptu speech topics are real crowd pleasers . Speaking for a minute on these fun topics about Thanksgiving will channel your students' pre-holiday energy. Just print off the sheets, ask a willing student to cut them into cards, and get the students to randomly draw a topic. Give them a couple of minutes to prepare what they are going to say, and then let the fun begin!
Christmas Creative Writing
A dozen NO PREP Christmas and winter fun creative writing activities for any secondary ELA or Creative Writing class will keep your students engaged for two packed lessons. The found poetry and dice roll story will occupy the most minutes and a simple rubric is included should you wish to use these activities for marks. Most of the other 10 activities in this package are rapid-fire quickies. Students don't have premium concentration as the end of term beckons! Most of these activities are no-prep; just project the activities onto your screen or write the instructions on the board and fun immediately awaits. The only activity that needs to be photocopied for each student are two pages of found poetry words.
Table of contents
Christmas dice roll story
Christmas found poetry
Silly book titles
6 word stories
Greetings card poetry
Writing Race #1
Blind group poetry
Writing race #2
New Year and Winter Impromptu topics
These 32 fun New Year and winter holiday impromptu speech topics will get your year off to a brilliant beginning. Classes will relish this start to the winter term in January. Speaking for a minute (or longer) on these fun topics will channel your students' back to school energy. Some of the topics ask them to reflect on their winter holiday, while other ask them to look forward to the new year, both in and out of school. Just print off the sheets, ask a willing student to cut them into cards, and get the students to randomly draw a topic. Give them a couple of minutes to prepare what they are going to say, and then let the fun begin!
Martin Luther King Jr writing activity with poster
Your ELA high school students have probably studied the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. several times already, and will also have read "I Have a Dream" a few times. This MLK poster and accompanying questions will allow them to consider this inspirational leader and his views in a different way. The students study the poster (which can afterwards be displayed in your classroom year round) and focus on two of MLK's most powerful statements that are NOT drawn from "I Have a Dream." These statements were made in speeches, the first in 1957 (in Montgomery), the second in 1964. After considering the poster and its quotes, the students then answer 7 questions on the 3 page handout. They have to analyse what the statements mean, and their practical as well as moral significance, and reflect on issues such as whether MLK would be satisfied with the progress in civil rights since his death.
What this resource contains:
-the MLK poster in 3 sizes: 24 inches by 36 inches, 18 by 24, 8.5 by 11
-a three page worksheet with 7 written questions, and a simple rubric
Valentine's Day Debate
Do your Valentine's Day crazed high school students need debates that allow them to grapple with key issues about love and friendship while having fun? Be It Resolved That True friendship is as valuable as romantic love is just one of 9 sinewy debate topics included. Your students get public speaking, research and teamwork practice, while you avoid piles of weekend-eating marking of papers. It is a true win-win!
What this resource contains
It has everything needed to run a debate, including:
graphic organizers for students to organize their speech and rebuttal material
self-evaluation forms, and peer feedback forms
a rubric for teachers
fun games in case a debate finishes early
9 Valentine's resolutions
Please see the preview for a full table of contents.
This resource does not teach students HOW to debate. If you need a resource that teaches students how to debate, step by patient step, please see Debating in 18 lessons.
Many of the pages in this package are drawn from Debate ANY novel or play!
9 topics are provided, enough for even the largest classes to debate different resolutions in their groups of four. The resolutions are part of a fully editable Word folder AND editable PDF folder. The resolutions document also provides a record of the teams’ names and which side they are arguing for.
End of Year Memory Book
This resource guides high school students through making a fun mini-memory book of the highlights of their year both in and out of school. In addition to some writing activities, such as a rhyming thank you poem, students have to draw selfies and create word clouds. One cloud will be filled with words about their personality. The other cloud will be filled with words about people or things that have influenced them this year. The instructions to students for the last 3 pages and a sample word cloud are provided separately. This means that if students want to put the word clouds up on a classroom wall (or their bedroom wall), the pages have only THEIR words on it.
Table of contents
Student cover -add name
Me - this year!
Highlights of my year: the details
My selfie page
Thank you poem
Me - next year!
Instructions to students for the remaining activities
My word cloud
My influences word cloud
Achievement / appreciation certificate
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