James Dashner's The Maze Runner: 9 Anytime Activities
In this packet, you'll find nine creative The Maze Runner activities ready to print and bring to class. With no prep besides a visit to the photocopier, you'll find your unit plan filled in easily with these fun printable.
The Open Mind Posters: This activity works well in class. Divide students into groups of three, and give each group posters for each character. You can then have them all work together to fill them all in, or let them each take a character and then report back to each other. After you have checked or graded the assignment, consider hanging up the best posters on the wall.
Yearbook Page: This short activity works well in or out of class. Students simply choose a character from the book and imagine what his or her yearbook page might look like.
Facebook Profile: This works in or out of class, in partners or alone. Students create Thomas’s Facebook page.
Tweets: Students write tweets from the perspective of Thomas, Newt, or Minho discussing recent events in the book. Works in or out of class, in partners or alone.
Pen Pal: Students write letters from a character within the book to a student at their school. Works in or out of class, in partners or alone.
Cast the Movie: Since The Maze Runner is already a popular movie, students are asked to cast a new version entirely out of characters from other books they have read. This one might be fun in small groups in class, as it requires quite a bit of creative brainstorming. If you wanted to, you could then put up the cast list on the board, and let the various groups make their proposals before letting the whole class vote on the final casting choice for each.
Ipod Playlist: This easy activity works in or out of class. Students simply choose four songs that a character might have chosen to listen to during recent events in the text, and explain their choices.
Leave a Message: In this partner activity, students discuss what message some character would choose to leave on Thomas’s voicemail, based on recent events in the text. Works best in class.
Graphic Novel Version: For this activity, students create a three panel graphic based on the recent reading. Some students with a strong interest in art may prefer to work alone, others who are not as graphically inclined may wish for a partner. You could give students the choice in class. This makes a great display project. When everyone is done, consider letting everyone walk around and view each others’, then choose some to put up after you have graded them.
This packet contains adapted versions of some of my other products. You will find similar material or activity formatting in it if you have already purchased my Open Mind Posters, Yearbook Activity, 15 Discussion Sparks, or Canterbury Tales Activity Race. The 9 Harry Potter Activities, Into the Wild Unit Activities, The Hunger Games Unit Activities and The Hobbit Unit Activities are also adapted versions of some similar activities. I am trying to cater to teachers who would like my more generally formatted products specially tailored to individual novels, but please don't accidentally purchase two of a very similar product. Thanks!
You might also enjoy:
At the Mall: An ELA Activity Set
Independent Reading Bingo Cards
An ELA STEM Activity: Literary Characters design their Own App
Complete Guide to a Successful Poetry Slam
Storyboard a Scene from Any Novel
Click the green star above to get updates on sales and freebies from Spark Creativity.
Spark Creativity on Facebook: Find creative teaching ideas, links and inspiring stories
Blogger: For pedagogy articles, new product descriptions, and videos
Pinterest: Stay tuned for each new release from Spark Creativity!
Twitter: Speedy Delivery Educational insights
Remember, leaving product reviews earns you credit for future purchases! I'd always love to hear your feedback so I can make the kinds of products you want. And if you have any product requests, please let me know at email@example.com.