A middle school English teacher wrote this article to show the link between movement and the way that students comprehend language. The teaching methods in this short read will engage visual and kinesthetic learners alike.
At first glance, these games appear to be for a younger audience. However, I've found that the majority of them can be modified so that older students still enjoy them. For example, instead of playing word family slam, play character trait slam where students are asked to "slam" the ball against traits that a character exhibited in a particular story.
Song and dance are both very effective ways to reach students. This lesson introduces song and light movement in order to teach reading comprehension strategies. A great example of how even a little movement can keep students engaged during an otherwise dry lesson.
Students are always open to and excited about playing classroom games. Why not use this to your advantage? This Language Arts teacher outlines some key games that have worked for her class and why. I've found that Literary Jeopardy works particularly well for middle schoolers.
An account of how one teacher used an interpretive dance to teach her students about World War II. Not only is the dance itself described (which is quite impressive, by the way), but the article takes great care to describe the advantages of showing this event by way of art.
One teacher's account detailing how and why she changed her reading curriculum after attending a professional development workshop on art and literature. A very good resource for educators who need to see the combination of literature and movement.