Holiday Language Activities in Middle School

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Holiday Language Activities in Middle School

Language arts is a core subject area in all middle schools. Working to perfect reading and writing, in addition to becoming familiar with pieces of literature, are part of every middle school language arts curriculum. Integrate interactive and imaginative teaching strategies to introduce new concepts, while celebrating upcoming holidays, and striving toward improved literacy skills which will encourage student participation in each celebratory language arts lesson.

  1. Perform a Play

    • Performing a holiday play for classmates is an effective way to celebrate during language arts class.
      Performing a holiday play for classmates is an effective way to celebrate during language arts class.

      Literary works often include plays, and during the winter holiday your class can celebrate by performing a holiday play. Middle school students can practice public speaking skills while memorizing or reading literature, in script form, to act out before a group of classmates or before the entire student body at a school assembly. Holiday scripts are an effective method of celebrating any upcoming holidays while speaking the words of authors. Various royalty-free plays exist free of charge via the Internet, are holiday-centered and appropriate for middle school students.

    Holiday Poetry

    • Encourage students to write a love poem dedicated to their family on Valentine's Day.
      Encourage students to write a love poem dedicated to their family on Valentine's Day.

      Poetry, whether free-verse, rhyming or in haiku form, is an area of language arts often taught in middle school. Encourage each middle school student to create one form of poetry on giving thanks, helping those less fortunate during the winter holidays, declaring what our freedom means or writing a Valentine's Day poem about love within the family structure. Students may present their literary art piece before classmates as an oral presentation or display on a language arts bulletin board for all to see. Present students with a number of holiday-oriented poetry to use as examples.

    Letters to the President

    • Writing letters to the nation's leader is an effective language arts lesson centered on President's Day.
      Writing letters to the nation's leader is an effective language arts lesson centered on President's Day.

      To perfect letter-writing skills, middle school students can write letters to the president as an effective method of celebrating President's Day, Veteran's Day, or the Fourth of July. Students expressing gratitude for presidential duties and offering suggestions on student-specific issues such as education, child welfare and pubic services can be included in the holiday assignment. Teachers may choose to send the letters to our nation's leader or use the writings within the classroom.

    Holiday Journal Entries

    • Encourage middle-schoolers to write holiday-themed entries into their journals.
      Encourage middle-schoolers to write holiday-themed entries into their journals.

      Journal writing can be an ongoing literary practice in middle school classrooms. Deviate from the normal, everyday writing prompts by incorporating holiday-themed ideas. Encourage the students to write about the gratitude each plans to extend during Mother's and Father's Day, what love means to them in February and how Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech has impacted their lives directly. The teacher may respond back to the students within the journal or use the entry prompt ideas for students to write a more lengthy story or report.

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