A Cool Tool for #Flipped Literature Classes

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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.

More links for literature resources:


A Tree on The Door

I want to share another activity I did with my students last week.

I gave them a Christmas bauble template and told them they would do the following tasks: ( as we have recently done “perhaps”, “definitely”, “maybe” to talk about future)



  • Write the followings on your Christmas Tree Ornament, then decorate your ornament, cut it and hand in to your teacher. You will create a Christmas Tree on the wall.
  • Your name:
  • Presents you want to get at Christmas.
  • Presents you will give to your family and friends.
  • 2 things you will do during the Christmas break.
  • 5 things you will do in the New Year ( 2014)


I will also do “like” and “as” with another class tomorrow so I’m planning to assign them to write a poem on their baubles.

Here’s the skeleton of their poems

  • Christmas sounds like —
  • Christmas tastes like —-
  • Christmas feels like —
  • Christmas looks like —
  • Christmas smells like —
  • Christmas sounds like —-
  • Christmas is a time
  • When —


A Poetry Lesson

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1. Choose a poem to read with your students.

2. Write the title on the board and ask students to predict what the poem is about.

3. Divide the class in groups.

4. Give each group a copy of a word cloud you prepared previously.

5. Ask students to write a poem using the words from the word clouds.

6. Compare the poems of each group. (You may want to ask each group read the poems in their groups and mark them according to a criteria you prepared)

7. Distribute the original poem and see the similarities and differences.

8. Discuss the poem

9. Ask students to write their feelings about the poem.

Follow up:

  • Students can create glogs for their poems.
  • Students in groups can draw the picture of the poem.
  • Students in groups can prepare a wall display with their poems and the original one and the word cloud and drawings.

Alternative: You can do the same activity with a song.

More Go and Open the door poems here and the poem is also here

What I’ve done recently

I have a group of students who are studying for the university entrance exam. These students will also take the language test too because they want to study TEFL or literature. Mostly we do more serious work in order to be ready for the vital test. However, there are times we need to take a deep breath and do something lighter.

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Last week we revised the conjunctions. They solved tests and did lots of paraphrasing exercises but we were all bored. I felt they needed a challenge and told them to write poems using
neither ….. nor
both …… and
not only ……. but also
either …… or
Some chose to write paragraphs instead of poems and some wrote great poems.
They loved the activity and we continued writing poems with another activity.
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Using songs in other languages was an idea I learned from Ken Wilson last year at a conference in Istanbul.
I adapted an activity from this idea.

We listened to a song in French and I told them while listening to the song they would write either a poem or a paragraph.

The song was ‘il faut savoir’ by Aznavour from Duos where he sang the songs both in French and in English.

After listening to the song in French I asked them to listen to the English version carefully and catch what the singer advised them to learn.

Go and Open the Door



I really love this poem 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.

I really love them when they volunteer creating things with web 2.0

Here is what Burak wrote and you can read the others here

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