extra- This is a list of Pixar (and other) cartoon shorts that could be used to teach reading strategies. There are also graphic organizers to go with them. What a great way to get (and keep) the kids' attention!
Incorporate art into writing (poetry): Students can even pick a page from their favourite book as an inspiration. Book page poetry is really neat and a great way to show creativity with older kids. This is an interesting way to teach poetry.
I had forgotten about this group-work time strategy: Collaborative posters - Each student has one colored marker. Students are not allowed to swap colors with other students. Teacher can assess at a glance who contributed what to the activity.