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English Project Ideas for Language Arts Project-Based Learning

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

Project-Based Language Arts Ideas and Lesson Plans


I used to struggle with putting together lesson plans. My first English project idea was to turn the dreaded book report into an authentic book review. My third graders published their reviews on (with the help of parent volunteers). It was rewarding to see the kids embrace the project and write more eloquently and thoughtfully than they would for a typical book report, but like many other first-time project plans, the whole thing required much more planning time than I had imagined.

Then I discovered these time-saving resources. These lesson plans serve as guides and ready-made formulas to help teachers bring authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences to their students. It's relatively easy to adapt quite a few of them to a broader variety of grade levels or to a homeschooling curriculum.

All of these projects are listed by grade level. If you find one that your students really embrace, please let me know in the comments section!

Language Arts Projects for Elementary School Grades


Middle School Language Arts Projects


Shorter Activities for Middle School Students

Not an Oxymoron: Standards-Based Fun in the Classroom!: 30 Projects and Activities for Middle School Language Arts
Not an Oxymoron: Standards-Based Fun in the Classroom!: 30 Projects and Activities for Middle School Language Arts

What I love about this book is that the author offers ready and easy-to-use activities that align with Common Core. The activities can be incorporated into larger projects to help students master concepts, such as plot diagrams and character traits.


High School Language Arts Projects

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      Monami 8 months ago from India

      Thank you for listing down the major ideas which, I am sure, would help students and teachers alike. In my class I also sometimes ask students to dramatize short stories. (mostly high school level of course) you can find out the sample that I provide them on my hub. Please give your feedback and comments.

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      sara 3 years ago

      English teachers is very important to the students in order for them to have a fluent mind in using English language that would help them to have an effective communication to the foreigners.

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      lfferrante 4 years ago

      I am not sure yet...but it is great to have it all outlined for me so I can try it this year!! Thanks.

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      Heidi Reina 4 years ago from USA

      @talat-siddiqui-3975: Another wonderful site is Ohio's Resources for Early Childhood Inquiry Projects. A few of those above are mentioned, along with many more. Look here:

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      Heidi Reina 4 years ago from USA

      @talat-siddiqui-3975: I think some of the best PBL projects for the PreK-1 group are science oriented. Please take a look at my post on PBL Science at

      This will take you to the Life Sciences Section. 5 excellent projects I'd recommend there are the Endangered Animals PBL Unit, Looking at the Trees Around Us, My Healthy Self, A Bug Study, and A Study of Bones. The Endangered Animals Unit is really well detailed on the linked site; it can involve students at several grade levels, and it's cross-curricular.

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      talat-siddiqui-3975 4 years ago

      Hi I am a kindergarten teacher and I need to know about themes /topics for three and four years old as my school will soon initiate PBL.

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      talat-siddiqui-3975 4 years ago

      Can any one help me about themes or topics for three to four years old? Soon our school will initiate PBL.

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      paynui 4 years ago

      My grand kids can certainly benefit from your wonderful lens.


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