Fun with Readers


Last week, with a group of twelve-year olds we had great fun reading a short story. It was our first meeting so I started with a getting to know activity which came from freshly Leo Selivan’s  latests blog post. Kids loved drawing stick figures and introducing themselves in third person.

Then we read the story and enjoyed ourselves a lot. On this blog post, I want to share some of the activities we did during the workshops.

1.I gave them word posters and asked them to work in groups. We checked the vocabulary together and then in groups they wrote a mini saga choosing 5 words from the word cloud.

2. We wrote a rap together about the characters and their meeting with the fantastic characters. Then we sang it all together.

3. When the characters met new fantasy characters, I put them in teams and asked them to write their songs together. 

4. I also cut some of the illustrations from the book and gave each pair a different picture and asked them to write “a six word story” for each picture.

5. After reading the story, they created a fantasy character and the land of the character drawing the character and the land.

6. Finally, as they told me they loved the stick figure activity very much, I asked them to work in pairs and gave each pair a character. They wrote their memes on a padlet wall.

In the end for feedback I told the kids to write 3 things they loved, 2 things they learned and a feeling. I loved the feedbacks very much but one of them made my day.


6 Comments on Fun with Readers

  1. Lexical Leo
    February 8, 2016 at 6:49 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you for the mention, Eva!
    I’m glad my post inspired an activity of your own.

    • Eva Buyuksimkesyan
      February 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm (1 year ago)

      They loved it, even when I asked them to write for the characters of the story 🙂

    • Eva Buyuksimkesyan
      February 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for the inspiration, even for the blog post. It’s been a long time since I last wrote.

  2. Samantha Adams
    March 25, 2016 at 7:06 pm (1 year ago)

    I love that you had so many varying activities and transitions in this lesson… but my absolute favorite is that you asked for student feedback! I think so often we forget that just as we want our voices heard, students want a say in their learning too! I love empowering my students by not only asking for their feedback but framing future lessons USING that feedback! Kudos!

    • Eva Buyuksimkesyan
      March 26, 2016 at 4:39 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Mark Eichenlaub
    March 26, 2016 at 8:30 am (1 year ago)

    Brilliant idea!


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