Using Stations in the Secondary ELA Classroom: 7 Benefits of Station Work in Middle and High School ELA

Recently, I completed this Long Way Down Symbolism Analysis Stations activity with my sophomores, and the day was magical. My students actively participated in literary analysis and high-level discussion. They were engaged. There are so many benefits to using stations in the secondary ELA classroom, and engagement is just one of them! As I stepped back and observed my learners, I made a mental note to incorporate more station work in my classroom. As I heard bits and pieces of my students discussing Reynolds’ use of symbolism and why it was effective, I also started thinking about some of the benefits of the activity.

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