Trouble engaging students with difficult novels? Allow them to create meaningful CONTEXT by assembling interactive Pinterest boards. The example here is for The Scarlet Letter, but the idea can be transferred to any novel.
Using Stations to Engage Secondary Students: 3 Ways to Incorporate Movement Into Learning
Learning centers, also known as stations at the secondary level, are ideal activities to use to bring movement into your middle school or high school classroom. Find out how to implement stations on your first day of school, as you review key ideas or terms, and as a way to preview texts.
What the heck is a witch? Is it the stuff of Harry Potter? Has our definition of witches changed over time? Put your super sleuths to work and use it as a jump off activity for colonization, The Crucible, or a fun activity for Halloween. After engaging students in a discussion of what a witch is, have them read a short expository essay about how witches were described during the time of the Salem trials. Discussion questions are provided to have students reassess their definitions.