We love playing games in the class and quiz-show type games are very popular in our classrooms. We have the PowerPoint format of most games but if we want to change certain things on them to adapt the game for our own needs, we spend long hours and sometimes we give up. I’ve just come across with a very handy way to create my own games.
First of all it’s free and very easy to use. All you have to do is to sign up and go to your dashboard. You will see two buttons at the top. Click on the green one and start creating your board. You will be able to create 6 categories and for each category you can add 5 questions. You can either add the answers or leave it blank. Then click on save and share the link with your students. I’m planning to revise Conditionals in the class with FlipQuiz
I think FlipQuiz can be used in a language classroom effectively. I will use it
1. with readers, novels and short stories, reading texts to check comprehension
2. to revise grammar
3. to revise vocabulary
4. just for fun ( as who wants to be a millionaire)
Today’s learners are way too visual than us. That’s why we tend to decorate our classes with posters, notes, post-it notes, charts, etc. They are so used to seeing everything by googling that if you try to describe it using words they understand nothing.
I came across with MapCrunch today and I thought it can be very useful with our visual but less verbal students in our tech savvy classes. MapCrunch virtually takes you to a random place in the world. You can find imagery captured by Google in 40 countries.
How to use?
Just click the “GO” button to be taken to a random place in the world. You can choose whether you want to see an urban image or an image of a place. You can click on the tour button and have a very quick 360 degrees tour around the place.
If you only want to see certain countries, select them on the right hand panel or click the “myMap” option on the top-right of side panel and type the city you want to see particularly and click on “GO” Click on the arrows to tour around the image.
How can you use mapcrunch in the class?
If you are reading a text about a certain place or a story which takes place in one of these 40 countries then show the city to your students just to make them to visualize. We did it for Wales and they loved the idea.
To describe places
To write descriptive essays.
To practise prepositions or modals of deduction.
To compare the place you live to the area on the image.
To write a compare and contrast essay on two different places. The place where you live and the image on the whiteboard.
You can ask your students to write a story which takes place in the area.
Another short story I love reading with my students is Eveline from Dubliners. I know it is difficult to understand Joyce for a teenager yet when guided, students get something from Dubliners. I have tried Eveline and Araby and they worked well.
I’d like to share what I do with ‘Eveline’.
Describe Ireland, Dublin and Dubliners at the beginning of the 20th century.
Create a glogster
Add links and ask students to research and tell you what they’ve come up with.
Put students in groups and ask them to guess the story.
Read the story and discuss your questions.
As a follow up, distribute a handout with the 1st paragraph of the story on.
Tell students to continue the story and adapt it to 21st century. I’m sure their Eveline will be more courageous.
Tell them to digitalise their story.
They can create a slideshow, glogster, comic or an animation.
Here you can see what I had previously wrote about ‘Eveline’
After reading Eveline then Enoch’s Two Letters by Alan Sillitoe, one of the angry young men of literature, I realized we can compare the two women in these two stories, Eveline and Edna. When I choose to read Eveline in class, I usually continue with Enoch’s Two Letters.
After we read the story, I tell my students to compare and contrast Eveline and Edna
They can write an essay
Create posters (glogster) describing two women, highlighting their differences.
They can write a pop song comparing Eveline and Edna.
Pretend you are Billy. You just found out what happened to the two young men and realised you were also poisoned, and locked into a room. Luckily you have still your mobile (as the landlady is a little bit old-fashioned she hadn’t known anything about mobiles and social media). Write a text message to a close friend, update your status on Facebook and send a tweet to the whole world and ask for help. Write your version of the story.
Create a scrapbook based on the setting, events and characters from the story. (You can use a web 2.0 option for this task)
Years ago my students adapted the story to stage, wrote the script and performed. Unfortunately in those years, technology was not like this and I was also a bit technophobic so even a simple camera recording isn’t available now.
Here are some links to inspire you to prepare your own
You can watch a clip fro Hitchcock’s ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ then ask the students to redirect the movie. They have can prepare a PowerPoint presentation, a prezi or a glogster and introduce to the class their cast, soundtrack, setting, etc giving their reasons why they chose the actors and the music. They can also create a movie poster.
More ideas for reading classes:
Or if you can read all the stories in a row, maybe you can ask the similarities of these three women.