I’m continuing my goal of bringing color and light to the secondary classroom. Making posters for older students can be tricky. Students won’t respond to babyish themes and they don’t want you to talk down to them. Still, older students still need review of basic concepts, which is why I made eight parts of speech posters for older students. This past weekend I created a new set of English language arts posters featuring American authors.
One way I’ve found to be effective is through quotes. Students can interpret quotes however they need or want. Students can analyze the author from short quotes. These create a classroom of open thought.
They make quick writing assignments too! Have ten minutes left over at the end of class? A lesson fell flat? Ask students to pick a quote and write about what it means to them.
I’ve also allowed students to write about quotes for extra credit. If I have tons of students clamoring for extra credit but I don’t have time (or the drive!) to invent an opportunity, I tell them they are free to write about a quote.
I started this poster set with famous American authors. They would be nice additions with an American literature class but will work in any ELA classroom.
Finally, I chose the abstract backgrounds to reflect the multiple colors of teenagers, the multiple feelings and emotions they have. American Authors posters are in my store. As always, let me know if you would like a different size. I’ll also take suggestions for what the next set of English language arts posters should be!