Reading and Book Clubs:
There was a question on one of the homeschool yahoo groups about
whether parents made assignments related to reading or if they
just let their kids read for the enjoyment of it.
One mom offered this advice (shared with permission):
When I used to teach High School I would have the students read
the book first and then watch the movie. They would then have
to write a Movie Review stating whether or not the movie producers
and/or directors did a good job of interpreting the text and then
they would do a Siskel and Ebert type of presentation. I did this
in literature classes and history classes I taught (i.e. did they
do a good job with Pocahontas) and the kids LOVED it!! It made
them create a writing and speaking assignment and also crossed
genres and content areas.
Oh, another thing the student liked in both Literature and History
was the Bill and Ted assignment. If you have never seen the film,
it follows two guys who need to pass history to graduate high
school. They are supposedly important to the future, so this man
from the future comes to visit them and helps them "collect"
historical figures of importance for their project. With either
a novel or a period of history, students can "collect"
characters and in the character' s persona explain why they were
. . . we used to actually build a phone booth like in the movie
and it was HYSTERICAL!!!
*Bri Adams *
Thanks Bri for sharing these great ideas.
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