Fun with Class Readers 3

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This is the 3rd and the last post of graded-reader-ideas. If you want to add another activity to this list, I will be very happy.

21. Tell students to list all the interesting words, phrases and expressions or all the new words, phrases and expressions from the book and create a word cloud, a mini-dictionary or a power-point-presentation, etc with these words.

22. Tell them to write a letter to the writer. They will inform the writer what they did in the class with the book and tell him/her about their reactions to the story/characters, etc.

23. Divide your students into groups. Tell them to create a trailer for the movie of the book.

24. Tell your students to adapt the story to the year they live and write the summary of this adaptation. You may want to remind them that time difference can make huge differences on the plot.

25. Using one of the online tools, create a timeline showing the events in the story. If they want they can draw and illustrate the timeline instead of the online alternative.

26. Create a new book cover, write a blurb for the cover.

27. Write a poem about the story and create a glog.

28. Tell your students to analyse one of the characters and write a list ’10 things I want to do before I die’ for their character and in the end of the list, they should persuade the teacher and the classmates that the character would really like to do those things.

29.Tell them to summarise the book, using as many different web 2.0 tools as they can. Show them Janet Bianchini’s An Idiomatic Love Story created for her IATEFL talk, if missed have a look at her blog

30. Tell them to create a brochure or a poster, titled ‘I read a book and I learned …..

Some examples of my students :

The Grapes of Wrath

The Great Gatsby

About A Boy

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2nd part of this post: Fun with Class Readers 2

1st part of this post: Fun with Class Readers 1

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Fun with Class Readers 2

11. Tell the students to choose one of the characters and write about his/her life 10 years from the ending of the story.

12. Tell students to create a quiz on the story. They have to include vocabulary questions, comprehension questions, discussion questions, etc

13. Ask them to create a word poster of the book and display on the classroom walls.

14. Pair your students and tell them to write or record an interview with the writer of the book. They can even create an animation instead of recording themselves.

15. Tell them to write a 5 sentence summary of each chapter and create a glog, poster with illustrations or magazine cut-outs.

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16. A classic but Tell students to prepare a wall display. On this poster, they have to include the character analysis, or the character they like the best and the least, book review or summary.

17. Tell students to find a song for each chapter or you may ask them to find 5 songs for the whole book. They can find the suitable songs searching batlyrics.

18. Divide the students into groups and tell them to retell the story with a rap.

19. Watch 60 second Recap with students and tell them to do something similar to it.

20. Tell students to choose a character and write that character’s biography.

Fun with Class Readers 1

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If you are using class readers, short stories or novels with your students, here are some ideas. Some of them have been used and some of them has just downed on me while writing this post. I have some more ideas and will add them later. I’m sure you have also fun ideas (For example, #2  was suggested by Vladka) and I’ll be glad to hear them

  1. Ask your students to prepare a talk show, interviewing with one or more characters from the book you are reading. Preferably after reading some chapters or finishing the book.
  2. Discuss each chapter in the class. Put your students in groups and ask them to summarize the chapters together then ask them to create glogs.
  3. Tell your students to choose a character and write a letter to her/him asking questions, making suggestions, etc.
  4. Tell your students to choose a chapter from the book and write the script of the chapter then act. You can team them and tell them to work together. They can also video their performance. If you choose the same chapters with whole class, you can choose the best adaptation; best character A, B, best music, etc.
  5. Tell your students that they will direct the movie of the book. Ask them to choose their cast, soundtrack, venue, etc and write a brief note to the producer why they have chosen those actors/actresses, venue, etc.
  6. Tell them to organise a trip to the place where the story takes place. Tell them to prepare a brochure, daily programme, food to be eaten there, shopping, etc.
  7. Tell them to summarize the book by creating a comic or an animation by using online tools.
  8. Tell them to organise a book talk for another class. They have to create a poster of the event and at the talk they have to introduce the writer, the era, the place and they have to introduce the plot and the characters not revealing much about the book.
  9. Group your students. Give each group a chapter (or more according to the size of your class and the length of your book). Tell them to write a script for each chapter and read and record the chapters as a radio play. This can be a good alternative for reading aloud.
  10. Tell them to write what had happened before the story started. (This was suggested at the Black Cat publishing’s workshop on readers at IATEFL given by Robert Hill.)

More on reading on this blog:

Reading Challenge

A Pre-reading Task

5 Cool Tools to be Bookmarked

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 Batlyrics is a fabulous site if you like using songs in your lessons. I learned it via Nik Peachey from his ISTEK talk. Just type a phrase you want to focus and find the songs which have it. Great for revising, practising or presenting grammar with songs.
forvois a pronunciation guide. I learned it via Ann Foreman at her IATEFL workshop.
And another pronunciation site I learned from Ann was phonetics and I immediately shared it with my students who are studying at university and having problems with phonetics.
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And another wonderful site from Ann’s session was lingro. Just enter a website adress and make all the words on the text  clickable.

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Teachers are Learners

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I’ve been thinking about being a lifelong learner for a while. Attending ISTEK ELT in March and IATEFL in April reminded me that teachers are learners too or I think teachers should be learners too.

One of the challenges of a 21st century teacher is integrating technology into the lessons. Well, technology is a scary word and because of its threatening image, ignoring technology won’t help anybody. Will we be replaced by technology? Will mobile learning be the future of schools? Will schools be institutions which will just prepare certificates?

I don’t know. I guess we still have some time to be replaced by technology but I guess the ones who resist using the technology should be replaced by the ones who integrate what’s new to her teaching and I believe there are really great teachers who are enthusiastic, eager and motivated to learn. These teachers are not only the young ones. There are many old and experienced teachers and I saw them at the conferences I attended. This reminded me something my mother-in-law says, ‘When work finishes, life finishes’ and I want to adapt it to our situation, ‘When learning ends, teaching ends.’