I really love ‘Go and Open the Door‘ by Miroslav Holub and when I come across with it in Creative Poetry Writing with a great activity and as we were doing conditionals, even if, as long as and some other conjunctions I wanted to do the activity with my students.
I’ll quickly summarize it.
Tell your students that they will write poems but before writing they will discover something.
They will have pen and paper while listening to you
Begin telling ‘ You just discovered a hidden door in the classroom, where is it?’
Imagine what might be behind the door
Time to open it now. Go and open the door and step in.
You are in a room now and while walking you get amazed because you see all the memories from your past.
What do you find? Describe
You decide you will come back again but before leaving take just one thing with you.
Leave the room and come back to the class
What will you do now? Share your experience with us.
Read the poem or give it as handouts
Tell them they are going to write a poem similar to it.
FEEDBACK: They said they enjoyed the activity. I was amazed watching them while writing they were writing as they were hypnotised. When they finished, they decided to create glogs with their poems.
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