Goodreads have great Halloween treats all week for those who are into a good horror to tingle the spine. However, it’s the two sentence horror story that has my mind turning towards writing activities for classes.
Wouldn’t this be a great idea to share with your English teaching colleagues? I know our boys would relish the opportunity to gross each other out by suitably horrific premises, and what an excellent opportunity to encourage them to investigate wonderfully descriptive words to convey their message. It also will teach them to be succinct in their choice of sentences and why each word matters.
Once the students have crafted their sentences they could each create a slide through Google Slides, such as the ones shown here (just love Justin Cronin’s work!), to publish their short horror story. Teachers could create a class presentation with each of the slides to share with everyone. Power-point would be an equally good presentation option for teachers who didn’t want to use and online option.
PS: This is a great Spine Poem with the horror theme supplied by Jan Cothier at Karamu High School in Hastings, which I just had to share
Also, Sally Pewhairangi has invited you to play along on her Finding Heroes Facebook page
For those librarians looking for a fun Library Week competition, this is one of the best I’ve come across in a long time! Well done to Melbourne High School for this simple but effective way to promote poetry and books in a whole new way!
Hanford Lam! Congratulations, Hanford, for a well structured and creative poem using book spines.
Thank you to Dr Prideaux for judging the competition. Dr Prideaux’s job was not an easy one, and she spent quite a while selecting the best from several well composed poems.
Hanford’s poem was so long that the stack of books threatened to topple. I took a photo of the entire poem but also of the poem in two parts so that it was legible.
Matt Lyons came a close second but unfortunately for him there was a single prize of a $30 iTunes voucher which eluded him. Better luck next time, Matt.
Here are the other excellent entries.
Dr Prideaux was also impressed with Ms Buckland’s poem which deserves a special mention.
I just love those days when a colleague shares something and it sparks off an idea that makes your brain fizz and pop!
I just love the way it looks and works, with the pictures of the books and then hover over the picture to read the first line of it. So it got me thinking …..
I am currently working on creating a set of resources to support a new Y7 & 8 library and research skills programme that I’m developing at my new school. I have an absolutely fantastic group of teachers to work with here and the junior school staff are so willing to collaborate with me, welcoming me into their classrooms.
So when I saw this post I was immediately struck by how cool it would be to design a memory card game, using the covers of the books on one set and the corresponding first line from each book on another set. The students could then play the game by either matching the pairs correctly, or have them working in groups to decide which bo0k went with which first line.
In a slightly simpler version, I will use the same concept with book covers and authors names. Both of these ideas still require some fine-tuning and tweaking, but it’s simple, relatively easy to make and fun for the students, with the potential to incorporate a competitive element into it that all boys love.
So, a big thanks Desna and I would encourage everyone to keep sharing. It’s gold!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to present to some of our literacy teachers working in Southland schools, a range of ideas for how libraries can support the work they are doing with our students.
I always enjoy being able to talk to others about what I love to do, rediscovering a shared passion and connection for reading and learning, and today was no exception. These teachers genuinely care about their students and the outcomes they can help shape for them. And they’re great at sharing the good things that work for them with others.
As time was limited, I chose to narrow the presentation down to three main areas: Reading for Enjoyment, Extending Reading and Supporting Research. If you’d like to view my presentation with links to resources I use at Hargest you can now do that on Slideshare.