Traveling with your English class is a wonderful opportunity to nurture creativity and curiosity among your students. Beyond exploring the hangouts of literary greats, students will develop key communication skills and find inspiration for their own writing.
Develop Critical Thinking Skills
Traveling requires an open mind, problem-solving and decision-making skills, and lots of teamwork! Watch your students become more independent thinkers over the course of a week.
Inspire Narrative and Expository Writing
Your students will want to document much of what they see and do on tour, whether that takes the form of reflective journaling or later provides inspiration for a college essay.
Tour managers will encourage students to ask questions, engage in debate and try new things, breaking them out of their comfort zone and strengthening their communication skills.
Compare and Contrast
Compare the writing styles of authors you discuss on your trip or the cultures of the new cities you explore.
Walk in the Footsteps of Literary Greats
Whether you want to better appreciate Shakespeare, Dickens, Rowling or Thoreau, there are opportunities to explore the destinations they felt most inspired.
Bring Literature to Life
See how literature can be transformed into three dimensions through theater workshops and performances.
As an English teacher, it was a joy to see students making connections with the literature authors and history we have read.”
The Danger of a Single Story Lesson Plan
Using Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story” and Sherman Alexie’s short story “Superman and Me,” students will craft their own definitions of a stereotype, make connections between the texts and themselves and ultimately use those reflections in an essay.
Ovid and the Art of Love Lesson Plan
In this classroom activity, students will engage meaningfully with Ovid’s primary source, Ars Amatoria, and compare cultural norms from the past with their own day-to-day lives.
Seeing Berlin through Literature
We recommend these poignant novels about life in Berlin spanning the inter-war, Cold War and Post-Wall periods.
6 Perfect Books to Inspire Your Students to Travel
Travel is an enduring, universal theme in literature, and these novels will inspire your students to travel out of their comfort zone.
7 Places in London to Experience Harry Potter
The Harry Potter books have helped many students fall in love with literature. Use this guide to explore the places where the Wizarding World came alive.