Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Perspectives

Since the kids are allowed to wear their costumes to class for Halloween, we give it a little twist. I ask the students to choose literary characters (and yes, I give in to have that include superheroes, comic books are a form of literature :). They write a few lines from the perspective of that character: how do they feel, what do they believe, wish for, etc. Then we present it to their parents. This not only helps us develop that perspective concept, but also helps them get practice being good speakers. We discovered that's a talent that doesn't necessarily come naturally. They talk to their toes, twirl their hair, look up in the sky... typical nervous behaviors. But by the end of the week many had developed eye contact, learned to stand still and some even to project their voices a little bit.
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