The Daring English Teacher Leaps into Literature

Looking for new ways to engage your students in literature, especially with classics that might seem old and outdated? In this secondary English Language Arts blog hop, the Literary League showcases resources that can be used with any literary text, time after time, year after year.Here at the Literary League, we’re a group of English teachers who truly love literature (we bet you already figured that part out). Given free time, we can all agree that there’s nothing better than leaping into a good book. But, even as avid readers, we have to admit that those spare minutes tend to be few and far between, especially during the school year, and there are times that we just have to …
  • leap into a book recommended by a friend, a colleague, or especially a student, who is anxiously awaiting our review
  • leap into a new novel we’re teaching, whether or not we’ve had time to fully prepare a complete unit
  • leap into a classic, maybe not one of our favorites, but something we know students need to sit with in order to grow as a reader

For those instances, the Literary League is teaming up to share some of our favorite resources to help you Leap into Literature. These are resources that are not tied to a particular book, but ones that can be used over and over again, both with your favorite novels, as well as with new texts or classic pieces you’re trying to breathe new life into.

A favorite resource I use to engage my students in literature is my Socratic Seminar for any Text resource. This resource is great because it can easily be adapted for any fictional text and it includes everything that you will need to do to run a Socratic Seminar in your classroom.

A Socratic Seminar is an organized, formal discussion in class. Students prepare for the discussion by preparing questions about the text for other students to answer. The Socratic Seminar values inquiry and discussion.

From the teacher instructions, to the student instructions, to the final reflection, this resource has it all. I like to use this resource in my classroom as we read novels together, especially after very symbolic or climatic events in the story. The Socratic Seminar is an engaging activity that gives the students some responsibility and freedom. They love this activity too!

You can read about other engaging literature resources from the other Literary Leaguers linked up below and also enter in the rafflecopter below for a chance to win them all.