Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fun Fall Finds for ELA Classes

It's fall again!  I posted last year about some of the things I do to include fall themes in my English classes.  You can see that post here: Celebrating the Season: Fall/Halloween Edition.

This year I have a few more ideas and a few updates for you.

First, use this time of year to work on descriptive writing.  The changes of the leaves (at least here in the midwest) and temperature are perfect to have students practice with. This is a great opportunity to take them outside, if even just to find a leaf to bring back in and write about. You could even do shape poetry!

Second, I love the idea of having students practice writing thank you notes.  Being thankful is something we often don't take enough time to think about.  And, I've noticed that the art of thank you notes and letter writing is dying.  (When I asked my students for their addresses this year they ALL forgot the city and zip code.  And this was with college students.)  It'd be even better if you actually had the students send these letters to people that they were thankful for!

Third, I reiterate my idea from last year to use Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven!  I updated my task cards and added an answer key so they're now even better!

What do you do in your class?

Check out all of the products below for even more amazing ideas and resources.

B's Book Love:  Painted Pumpkin Symbolism
Brynn Allison: Nonfiction Close Reading History of Halloween
Language Arts Classroom: Bell-Ringers and Grammar Errors for November
Creative English Classroom: Imagery in Autumn
Spark Creativity: Scary Story Festival
Room 213: Halloween Creative Writing Learning Stations
The mELTing Teacher: Ergot and the Salem Witch Trials, Crucible SAT like Questions
Ms. Fuller's Teaching Adventures: The Raven Task Cards
Kovescence of the Mind: Parts of Speech Grammar Units- Identify, Diagram, Review, and Test
2 Peas and a Dog: 12 Genre Book Reports
Lit with Lyns: Analyzing Pop Song Lyrics
Teach Inspire Change: Student Behavior and Parent Communications Binder
The OC Beach Teacher: Discussion Tools for Any Text: Reader's Roundtable

Thanks for reading!


  1. What a great idea to have students practice writing thank you notes! I agree with you that the thank you letter is dying :(


  2. I teach at a Catholic school and the religion teachers have them write thank yous! It is always so sweet to get a few from students who have chosen to thank me!

    Not many leaves change here in San Diego, but we watch them online :P

  3. I love that you have them write thank you notes. Practicing gratitude is always a great idea.