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Fun & Easy ELA Bulletin Board Ideas

Ready to change it up in your English classroom?

Need some fresh bulletin board ideas for grammar, poetry, or literature?

Want to create an interactive ELA bulletin board, or display creative student projects?

Try some of these unique language arts display ideas!

A paragraph burger writing bulletin board

Display a giant hamburger on your wall to illustrate how a well-structured paragraph is like a hamburger – the top bun represents the topic sentence, the juicy layers of meat, cheese, and veggies symbolize the supporting details, and the bottom bun holds it all together with a strong concluding sentence. 

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A parts of speech octopus grammar bulletin board

Another creative idea is a fun octopus display showcasing the eight parts of speech. Each tentacle can represent a different part of speech, with examples and definitions attached. This fresh approach makes grammar more accessible and memorable. 

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A dog breeds + literary genres bulletin board

For a quirky twist, why not create a bulletin board that explores genres through the lens of dog breeds? Imagine a display titled “If Dog Breeds Were Literally Genres, Which Would They Be?”

You could compare a loyal, dependable Labrador to the timeless classic genre, or a playful, unpredictable Jack Russell to the exciting adventure genre. Fun discussions and even friendly arguments will break out among your students as they discuss genre. 

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Use helpful word walls as bulletin boards

Sure, you can put your word walls on the, y’know, wall… but if you have bulletin board space you need to fill quickly, why not just pop up some colorful background paper, layer a couple of fun borders, and then add some terms and definitions posters or grammar lists?

Putting together helpful word walls is an effective way to create an inspiring and engaging ELA classroom. Word walls are fantastic for student reference and encourage independent learning, significantly cutting down on the number of questions directed at you. They serve as a quick and easy way for students to find the information they need right in front of them.

Consider creating a grammar word wall featuring lists of prepositions, conjunctions, or helping verbs. 

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Additionally, you can put up terms and definitions posters for literary devices, grammar terms, and more. Imagine a wall filled with colorful and inviting posters that break down literary devices like metaphors, similes, and alliteration, along with their definitions and examples. 

Build a PoetTree

Creating a “PoetTree” is a fantastic way to make your ELA classroom both inviting and inspiring, providing a versatile and engaging centerpiece for your decor.

You can definitely make your PoetTree into a bulletin board as shown below, or use it as door decor, or anywhere in your classroom!

Start by crafting a tree display on one of your walls, using paper, fabric, or even string lights to outline the branches and trunk. This display can be used year-round for various poetry-related activities and more.

To honor poets’ contributions to literature, display poets’ names on the leaves, transforming your tree into a tribute to literary greats. You can also write the names of famous poems on the leaves, introducing students to significant works in an engaging and visually appealing way. To make it even more interactive, invite students to write their own poems on the leaves and display them proudly on the tree. This not only showcases student work but also fosters a sense of ownership and pride in their creations.

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For educational reference, provide poetic device terms and definitions on the leaves. This is a quick and easy way to help students remember important literary concepts. Additionally, print short poems on the leaves for students to take and enjoy, turning your PoetTree into a source of daily inspiration. Another way to create this as an interactive poetry bulletin board would be to have students copy their favorite poems onto leaves, personalizing the display and creating a rich tapestry of literary tastes.

Encourage students to write the titles of poems they read throughout the year on leaves, watching as the tree fills up with literary inspiration. To spark creativity, write poetry prompts on leaves and let students “pick” them when they need a nudge in the right direction. You can also write words or phrases on each leaf and have students create poems using the words they select.

Finally, deepen their understanding by having students add leaves with examples of featured poetic devices. This turns your PoetTree into a living collection of examples, enriching their learning experience and decorating your ELA classroom in a meaningful and beautiful way.

Display visual literary timelines

Displaying visual literature timelines is an excellent way to decorate your ELA classroom while sparking interest in diverse authors. These timelines provide an engaging and inspiring way for students to explore the rich history of literature.

They make a quick literature bulletin board, or thanks to their skinny shape, work great above, below, or beside bulletin boards as well.

Consider a timeline of British or American literature, showcasing key authors and their works from different periods. This visual journey through literary history can help students understand the evolution of themes, styles, and genres. 

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For Black History Month, or any time of year, put together a timeline of Black authors. This display honors the powerful voices and stories that have shaped and continue to influence literature. Similarly, during Women’s History Month, or throughout the year, a timeline of female authors celebrates the incredible contributions of women to literature. This not only promotes diverse authors but also empowers students by showcasing role models who have broken barriers and made significant impacts in the literary world.

By decorating your ELA classroom with these timelines, you create a dynamic and educational space that fosters a love for literature and celebrates the diverse voices that enrich it.

Showcase student work on bulletin boards

Showcasing student work in your ELA classroom not only celebrates their achievements but also inspires and motivates other students. While it can be challenging to find creative ways to display student work, incorporating visual components can make a significant impact.

One innovative idea is to give each student an outline of a pair of glasses to decorate. Ask them to write a reading response on the glasses about how the piece they just read changed their perspective. Label the display “Reading Changes Our Perspective” to emphasize the transformative power of literature. This project not only encourages reflection but also creates a visually striking display that engages both students and visitors to your classroom.

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After completing an independent reading novel, consider assigning a character metamorphosis project. Have students select a dynamic character from their book and compare their changes throughout the work to a butterfly’s life cycle. Ask students to create colorful posters illustrating each stage of their character’s metamorphosis. This not only deepens their understanding of character development but also showcases their creativity and analytical skills. The student-generated posters would look great on a bulletin board with a colorful butterfly theme, especially in the spring!

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Another engaging project idea is to have students create their own snow globes based on the books they read. Each snow globe should include elements that correspond with the theme, setting, and characters of the novel. This hands-on approach allows students to visually represent key elements of the story while also honing their artistic and storytelling abilities.

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Poetry bulletin boards… reading bulletin boards… writing bulletin boards… grammar bulletin boards… interactive bulletin boards… so many possibilities for exciting ELA displays!

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