Monday, 6 July 2015

Day 6 moved from drama to poetry…

  • Freeze frames: We recreated as freeze frames different moments in fairy tales so that the others could guess which was the story. To make the activity a little bit more challenging, characters were allowed to say what they thought/felt (thought tracking).
    • Suggested variation: freeze the feeling or impression of a poem.
  • I wonder…: The second freeze frame was based on a picture and started with a series of I wonder… sentences to arouse the curiosity of the participants.
    • Drawback: difficult to carry out with large groups.
    • Suggested variations: 
      • Retell the story from the perspective of one of the characters.
      • Use the frame to decide who will be reading the part of each character in a later reading aloud of the play/story.
      • Do it in smaller groups and have the rest of the class spot the differences between the frames and the original picture.
  • Sound Picture: Creating a sound orchestra to illustrate the setting of a story (a rainforest, the city, a restaurant…)
  • Miming + Storytelling: This activity consists on miming different parts of a story as the storyteller is reading it aloud. It can be combined with the sound picture.
  • Hole on the Wall: Sticky notes with info that the listeners/readers of a story may have inferred or deduced from one of the characters, are stuck to the drawing of a person on the wall.

  • Stereotypes: We discussed on the stereotypes for British and Spanish people and on whether they are real or not. To take a closer look at this we watched a video on Britishness and did a quiz to find out if we could be British.
  • Phrases from Shakespeare: To end the session, we worked on some set expressions that come from Shakespeare's writing and rephrased them to check our understanding.

  • Shakespeare's sonnets: We read sonnets 130 and 29 and worked on different strategies to deal with them in class: work on format and structure, draw the content of the poem or watch a video that illustrates it.
  • Other poems: We read "Afternoon in school: The last lesson", "Hair today, not her tomorrow", "The Swimmer" and "Skiing" and studied several activities to work on them: finding literary devices, rewriting the last line or the title, summarizing the poem, inventing more lines, writing a different version of the poem...
  • Britlit: A quick introduction into great literary material for our lessons.

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