Mail and newspapers
Movies and television
Have a written conversation with your students on paper. Take turns writing to one another. Focus on the meaning of what you are writing rather than grammar or spelling mistakes. You can use the misspelled words as the basis for another exercise. Written conversation keeps the focus of meeting together on reading and writing while giving you the opportunity to discuss an issue or event.
Music and poetry
Find opportunities for your students to read aloud to younger children. The younger children benefit from the reading practise and positive role modeling, but it is the older students who benefit the most from this activity. Reading aloud with younger children is one of the best ways older students can improve their reading abilities.