February. OPs on Reading Projects

People have decided to read the following materials for their individual and teamwork Reading Projects.

Please, post here info or comments or questions on all this, OK? I’ll integrate them here when needed, and we can all communicate here, too.

Schedule. In class, in mid-December, we agreed on the following:

  1. People will read their book/screenplay between mid-Dec and mid-January (1 month minimum, with more actual time – see next).
  2. On our first week together (Week 2 Jan), there will be classroom time for groups to share ideas and decide upon the organization of their teamwork Oral Presentation: who is doing what when, for how long and whether I can videoshoot any of the team members or the whole group. That happened this day
  3. On our second week together (Week 3 Jan), groups will have working time in class and will book a date in February for their OP. This will happen on Feb 1
  4. OPs! in February. REMEMBER one week before your OP (tops) you need to send me the materials you want to share so I can check the English is OK and order copies. If you are going to make the copies yourselves, just remember to let me doublecheck there are no mistakes. Remember to test whatever equipment you need to use in class before your OP, to see it works! (At times, people having prepared a power point presentation haven’t been able to show it in class. Don’t know why! It’s all a mystery to me!)

Please, people, be good at saying the title and author, OK? Sometimes people forget the obvious! 🙂

Projects: Read our diary post on the first session small groups held and remember the second session is on Feb 1!

Example of the info I requested after Session 1 and questions for Session 2

Resources: C1 Materials webpage for Movies/Novels

Ideas for the projects

Check the C1 Resource Pack on how to exploit a Reading activity. Individual work can be slightly different to what each contributes in the work, of course. For instance, everyone can collect useful language for different kinds of things, and fav passages with narration of events, or descriptions of places, objects, people, or in general, but then one might be the one in charge of speaking about the author in the OP.

You can be creative if you like. Brainstorming is a great technique for this and implies nobody decides an idea is of no use. I mean, don’t discard your or people’s ideas, try to integrate them some way — you’ll be amazed at the results of this effort! And then if they don’t work after that exploration, yes, discard them. But don’t trash ideas from the start.

Examples of Teamwork OP: if you need me to make copies for people, please, give them to me in good time, so that I can check the work and then order the copies.

  • Intro: what we did, what we are going to do
  • Author bio
  • About the book
  • Plot / What we learned (people, places…)
  • Useful Language
  • Fav Passages
  • Personal Comments
  • Intro: what we did, what we are going to do
  • About the novel and the author
  • About the movie and the screenplay
  • Sociocultural info we learned (about the countries, or the lifestyles, people, about ideas, customs, objects…)
  • Fav scenes & Useful Language
  • Acting out a scene!
  • Intro
  • Presentation of novel & author
  • Plot
  • Our Assessment
  • Listening / Reading activity for classmates
  • Intro
  • Presentation of novel
  • Presentation of movie version
  • Conversation comparing both
  • Round of highlights/fav stuff
  • References for classmates (to encourage them to read/watch)

Considering your reading materials have a movie/book version, we could have a second project based on watching a movie or representing different scenes: we have the screenplays of High Fidelity and Smoke Signals, too (not the Alexie diary but close).