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Open evening...suggestions needed!

Discussion in 'English' started by starby, May 24, 2011.


  1. I work at a secondary school where we will be holding an open evening
    for Year 5 students. We have been asked to come up with a 'challenge'
    for them related to our subject (in my case, English) as well as
    teaching a lesson. I've got the lesson sorted, but I'm having problems
    with the 'challenge'!
    Ideas so far:
    - English staff
    dressing up as literary characters and the students have to guess who
    they are. Staff are reluctant so not sure about this.
    - A
    Shakespeare webquest, but the ones that I've found are too difficult.
    I've tried to adapt them, but they don't seem to be very interesting.
    Can
    anyone think of other ideas or inspiration for a webquest that is more
    engaging? I don't have much experience with younger students and I would
    like them to enjoy their time in the department!

     

  2. I work at a secondary school where we will be holding an open evening
    for Year 5 students. We have been asked to come up with a 'challenge'
    for them related to our subject (in my case, English) as well as
    teaching a lesson. I've got the lesson sorted, but I'm having problems
    with the 'challenge'!
    Ideas so far:
    - English staff
    dressing up as literary characters and the students have to guess who
    they are. Staff are reluctant so not sure about this.
    - A
    Shakespeare webquest, but the ones that I've found are too difficult.
    I've tried to adapt them, but they don't seem to be very interesting.
    Can
    anyone think of other ideas or inspiration for a webquest that is more
    engaging? I don't have much experience with younger students and I would
    like them to enjoy their time in the department!

     
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    Does it have to be contained within your classroom or could it be some kind of treasure hunt throughout the school?
     
  4. We were told it has to be contained. It doesn't have to last too long - 15-20 minutes should be enough.
     
  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    What about using the idea of the magnetic poetry tiles that you see for fridges?
    Put the children into groups with a selection of tiles - obviously you'll have to make these on card (unless you happen to have magnetic ones and a suitable surface).
    Challenge the groups to come up with the most interesting poem using the tiles.
    You could have some kind of scoring system with extra marks allocated for:
    • Using a tricky bonus word in the pack
    • A blank card for them to use an interesting word of their own
    • Using alliteration
    • Using a metaphor
    • Using similes
    You get the idea I'm sure.
    Hope this helps.

     
  6. How about showing them a short Youtube clip of a bit of a Shakespeare play (maybe Baz Luhrmann's R&J - something accessible) and ask them in groups to come up with a modern re-enactment of the same scene.

    They will feel like they're doing something 'grown-up' and secondary school-ish (Shakespeare) but can still have fun with the drama.
     
  7. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    Another idea:
    Have a selection of boxes containing objects as clues to well known books. The children have to examine the objects and come up with the title and author of the book. You could have some easy ones, but also one or two that make them think. Perhaps make one of the boxes relate to a book that you'll be using as a class reader when they move up to the school?
     
  8. anteater

    anteater New commenter

    How about something as mundane as giving them the opening of a poem or story and challenging them to continue/complete it in the required style?
     
  9. We did a library treasure hunt, based in the school library, with different types of books that we thought would appeal such as adventure stories, ghost stories, detectives, animal stories, girly stories, humorous stories, fantasy etc. Each station had three simple tasks and pupils and their parents had four minutes at each station ,before the handbell rang, to find the information before moving onto the next location on their Reading Treasure Hunt.It worked well, with pupils and parents becoming quite competitive.
    As they arrived in they drew a card which told them where they would start their journeyEach person had a map of stations to visit . Everyone given a sticke to reward their efforts. It really got pupils who were readers talking and engaging .
    Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
     

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