Students engage in a variety of responses to their reading, including analyses, creative writing, and visual arts responses.
Students also engage in individual vocabulary activities, finding words from their reading that they want to learn. We use "the wall" for an end-of-class review, randomly choosing words and seeing if the students know them.
Some students respond with visual representations of the books they've read. On the back of the above poster, the student explained the significance of the image to the book.
Above is also a movie trailer that the same student made. This was fun because it engaged a number of students with the creative process over the weekend. I think you'll enjoy the special effects!
|The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle|
Students have been enjoying drawing cartoons that provide a reaction to the book or illustrate a particular scene in the book. I allow students to read books other than just American literature. One of the main themes of the unit is to encourage the habit of lifelong reading.
|Foundation by Isaac Asimov|
|The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger|
|The Bogey Man by George Plimpton|
I hope you enjoyed our Wall of Words. I think it sets a positive learning tone for the classroom.
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