September 13th is the Roald Dahl day and this year it’s his 100th birthday. Regular readers know that I’m fond of Roald Dahl stories and I love using them in class. I just wanted to bring some links that you’d like to use with your classes.
Here the schools are not open yet but I’ll start the year with some Roald Dahl stories with my Grade 11 and 12 students. So here you can find some ideas and websites which will inspire you with your celebrations.
Without literature, language classes will be boring. I like ways to bring the novels, short stories, poems into the classroom and make my students think about things happening in them.
I believe we are pretty lucky because we have so many online resources and texts that we can recommend our students to read. To tell the truth, I prefer paper and I love preparing my own handouts but I liked the idea of Curriculet, an online reading platform I came across on Scoop.it.
It allows teachers to create reading classes and help students to understand and analyze the texts by assigning questions. Watching videos, they can listen to useful information that will help them see between the lines. It is free. Sign up and see how tempting it is to use.
One of the stories I love revisiting is Eveline from Dubliners. This year with my year 12 students we read it again. I’d like to share the follow-up activities we did. I grouped the students and assigned them with one task. They chose one and created the followings.
1. Adapt Eveline to 21st century and rewrite a short story with the same
characters in your own city.
2. Create a biography about the life of a character from the story.
3. Create a billboard for the story.
4. Create a movie trailer.
5. Write a poem about one of the characters.
Digitalising the story
1. Choosing a web 2.0 tool, summarise the story or analyse the characters or suggest the story to others
2. Direct your own movie or animation.
3. You can create a poster, an animation, a slideshow, a book cover
4. Create a Fakebook account for one of the characters.
Trailer created by Aris. Thank you Aris for the hard work.
Karin created an awesome Fakebook account using class tools.net
Christina’s adaptation to 21st century and Istanbul
VirtualLit is an awesome site any teacher or a student who is interested in literature will love very much. VirtualLit is a step by step multimedia tutorial for a number of poems, novels, short stories and plays.
Teaching Literature is a wiki dedicated to teaching literature. It is actually the companion website for Teaching Literature to Adolescents, by Richard Beach, Deborah Appleman, Susan Hynds, and Jeffrey Wilhelm. The website is organized according to Chapters and Generic categories. When you click on Chapters, you will find Links, Activities, and Further reading. When you click on Generic categories you will find Links related to different aspects of teaching literature.
Another Teaching Literaturesite is full of links for your interests and can be bookmarked for future projects.
Britlit is one of my favorite sites which I visit very often during the academic year. Britlit is a literature project and each BritLit resource kit has downloadable, printable materials to help teachers using literature in the English language classroom. You can use Britlit kits for very young learners, teens and adults.
Story Toolz is an amazing site and a tool to play with literature. You can use the story idea generator to start writing a story. All you have to do is take the three conflicts presented to you and ask the standard who, what, why, when, where, and how questions.You can also use the random conflict generator or half title generator to find an interesting title for your story.
Sometimes you don’t need to assign your students with certain tasks, just give them a tool and watch what happens.
After discussing the book together, I divided them into groups and told them they are going to write a twitter chat based on the novel. That was it! They were very eager to start their work and I just said, “you are free, come up with something you will like”
In the end they said they loved it because they felt they were very creative 🙂