Literary/ Pop Culture Allusions
I’m going to add quotes from television shows and movies as examples for the board. That way, students can write a quote they heard on tv that’s an example of an allusion. I heard one the other night that I can add.
I’m a “Law and Order SVU” junkie. On one episode,” Munch used an allusion to describe an odd man: He’s a real Boo Radley type.
I was excited when I heard it, and figured this media is another way to encourage my students to apply what I teach them to their every day lives. I’m sure students have their own examples from their shows.
We ELA teachers present writing, grammar, literary, and speech terms to students. Phew. Lots of information!
The bulletin board needn’t be overwhelmed with decorations! Why not create a simple border, type straight-forward definitions, and print definitions or expectations? Students can read this information as they have time, and this will reinforce your messages.
You can also add a simple header and have students add sticky notes to the display. Simple!
I never want to hang student work without their permission, so I sometimes clear a bulletin board and ask students to hang their products if they want. (Most students do that.)
Another idea involves “found” grammar with a grammar hunt. Students can showcase their writing and vocabulary.
With ALL of these bulletin boards, you can include an evaluative piece. Include the decorations in station work (make the board a station!) and ask students to evaluate the use of words or media.
Unsuccessful Bulletin Boards
One time I had a high school bulletin board with a huge crossword puzzle using vocabulary words. It was fun, but I my students wanted one for each chapter’s vocabulary. Blowing up the puzzle and laminating it (for multiple use) was costly, and since I was paying for it, I only did it once.
Another time, I did a “falling for books” display. I think it was too cutesy for older students.
Like so much in teaching, not every effort will succeed. Involving students, showcasing work, and highlighting topics studied works well in my classroom.
Creating effective bulletin boards for high school students is tough. Students do not want to look at babyish images, and they don’t care about “seasons” or “months.”
What tips do you have for making an effective bulletin board for high school students?