Fantastic February Language Arts Activities

Red heart February language arts lesson plans

February language arts activities can bring engagement and fun to a dreary month.

Sometimes I think that January is the longest school month of the year. Then, every year: February.

I don’t perform well when I am cold and surrounded by darkness. Plus, the school year by the second half has physically exhausted me. The combination makes February a rough month for me. Until March (and the temptations of warmer weather) arrive, I struggle with February.

Sure, I have built a classroom community by the second semester, and I have met a great deal of standards with my students. Sprinkling some seasonal activities throughout my secondary language arts activities for February cheers up me and classes.

Heart book February language arts lessons

What are some fun language arts activities to do in February?

Some fun language arts activities to do in February include creating Valentine’s Day poems, coloring seasonal grammar pages, conducting research on influential African American authors for Black History Month, and participating in a book club discussion on a classic love story.

February language arts activities

Acknowledge the outside world inside your classroom. When your classes see that you are brining pieces of the world to them, they see our content in their lives too.

February activities needn’t be forced. It is a short month, and lesson plans can bring fun and light to dark winter months.

If you are unsure how to incorporate seasonal material into your regulary language arts lesson plans, start small with:

  • Journal writing
  • Early finishers
  • Morning work or bell ringers

You might also consider that seasonal work brings fresh ideas to older lessons. Here are some ideas for February language arts activities.

Black History Month in ELA

February is Black History Month, and many quality websites have quality (free) materials for students:

Facing History

National Geographic

Black History Month


Library of Congress

Incorporate some primary sources and reading passages into the month of February. If you have additional resources that are helpful, let me know, and I’ll add them to the list.

task cards on a computer

Grammar and Writing

Typically, students and I write longer papers during February and March which often means a review of grammar skills. When students find the process of editing and revising long paper overwhelming, I back up and review concepts from previous years.

Where do students need review?

  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Incomplete sentences
  • Punctuation use
  • Parallelism

And, like I share with them, all writers struggle with certain areas. When I write personally, rarely do I NOT have parallelism issues.

A quick review of grammar and writing errors along with well-placed direct instruction allows students to apply those concepts to their own papers.

Valentine's Day Narrative papers

Love, my Valentine?

Write about love with middle schoolers—seriously!

When I taught middle school, my students were jaded about Valentine’s Day. I created an activity to expand their understanding of love, of how humans express love. Basically, I asked students to think beyond romance and candy hearts.

During the brainstorming process, students consider what they have loved in their lives—a television show, famous character, book, season, outfit, shoes, or napping spot.

Then, we would write papers concerning the various approaches of love in our society. Doing so allowed for less cringe surrounding Valentine’s Day and if student wanted to write about romantic love, they could do so. Writing activities for February can avoid the standard topics.

Valentine's Day grammar coloring sheet


Students enjoy coloring. Many students doodle or create to add to their notes, to occupy their minds, or to express themselves. I’ve written previously about the benefits of coloring that educators see. During February, we use these grammar coloring activities.

Years ago, I combined grammar and coloring because If students were stressed from grammar lessons, maybe they would be less stressed from coloring?

The idea wasn’t completely wrong, but overall, I found that coloring while studying grammar had a larger benefit: The formatting encouraged students to practice the concept twice. Students work through the practice sentences (sentence structure, pictured above), and then they re-check their sentences as they color.

Plus, the grammar activities worked well for independent practice or in small groups. Finally, older students still enjoy seeing their schoolwork hung in the classroom.

FDR speech analysis for President's Day

President’s Day

As a speech teacher, I incorporate the analysis of famous speeches into other parts of content. Using famous speeches allows students to see how speakers use language to command their points. For instance, many students are aware of President Reagan’s famous speech after the Challenger disaster or President Obama’s victory speech. Once you tap prior knowledge with students remember (or learning about) a famous speech, you can look at other speeches.

For President’s Day, I often cover Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech. Doing so allows many other topics of conversation: the M.S. St. Louis and Japanese Internment Camps. Furthermore, the speech has powerful rhetorical appeals and creative uses of punctuation. Those ideas carry over into writing and literature lessons too.

No Groundhog?

My lessons for February have never included a groundhog! (Does such an activity exist?) However, February in the ELA classroom is often filled with important skills like close reading, outlining, and writing. Whenever I can incorporate seasonal work and keep on track for meeting standards, my students are happier, and the whole class accomplishes more.

February language arts activities can mix in with your current activities to make the month fun and reflective of students’ outside lives.

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