Type “best English class field trips” into your search bar and see what you find. I found nothing. When it comes to field trips, ELA classes are skipped over by science and history trips because those are more concrete, specific subjects. They are simply easier to plan for.
However, what is learned in English class spills abundantly into other subjects. The magic of the written word, the beauty of poetry, and the charm of figurative language transcends time, as well as disciplines.
Don’t be overwhelmed! What this means is that you have twice the options as other teachers because you can basically make a lesson out of anything. Woo! You still want some ideas though, right? Read on.
Top 5 Field Trips for English Courses
I know that sounds lame for a number one, but hear me out. If you are teaching an advanced literature course for example, my guess is that your students have a love of words. Find the oldest and most extensive library around you and go! Explore the shelves and shelves of books. Have a scavenger hunt to find things like the oldest book, romance poems of the 1700s, or whatever you desire. Better yet– find out if any libraries or bookstores are having authors in for book signings. Treat authors like celebrities and get excited about seeing them.
2. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is a hub of literary history. Take your students on a tour through the homes and workplaces of infamous authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry James. These names greatly influenced 19th century society, as well as our world today. To make the most out of it, read some of the works by these authors before your trip, and watch your students become immersed in their world.
3. Baltimore, Maryland
Read, “The Tell-Tale Heart” or, “The Raven” and creep your students out, then bring them to see Poe’s grave and wander through his home and museum. As one of the most enigmatic writers of that time, Poe’s life is littered with mystery. See the hospital where he died, his original burial site, and more. Tour his home and museum, and make sure to save time for the Enoch Pratt public library where you will find much Poe memorabilia including letters, manuscripts, and books.
4. Key West, Florida
Does your unit include “A Farewell to Arms” or “The Old Man and the Sea”? Treat your students to a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s home and museum. Built in 1851, the home takes you back in time. The renowned American novelist and Nobel Prize winner spent a large part of his very interesting life here, and touring it and hearing the stories and tales of his life will be something your students will never forget.
5. Hannibal, Missouri
Step inside the world of Mark Twain when you visit his boyhood home and museum. His famed stories of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer have real life roots, and you can observe them here. After you and your students visit the interactive center, make your way to Becky Thatcher’s house, Huckleberry Finn’s home, and then of course the museum gallery.
Being able to experience a fraction of the lives of these legendary authors is inspiration to any aspiring writer, lover of books, and those with an interest in American history. Change your students’ world by expanding it. You can start here!
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This article is written by Lauren Bubb, an English Teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler Central Schools
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