Creative writing with graded readers: one of the tasks from the session
Hi, and a particular welcome to my blog if you're coming to to my session at the Macmillan Teachers' Day in Valencia this Saturday (31st).
Above, you have one of the tasks I will be suggesting, with the example from The Princess Diaries 3 (Pre-Intermediate), though it's one you could adapt to many other readers.
I like tasks that force the learners to read (and re-read) carefully. Here, they have to pick out all the "texts" in the story (listed above, those in the first 30 pages). If you have an interactive whiteboard, slowly reveal your list as a checklist against their lists, using the coversheet, and force people back to the text if you've got something they've missed.
As a follow-up creative writing assignment, the learners then have to create a new story composed almost entirely of different texts. It works great in groups of 4-5, with each writer being responsible for 3-4 different texts, which (first) they've storyboarded into a coherent whole.
Thanks, questions, comments…
Thanks for coming to the session (giving up your Saturday!); I hope that among the tasks suggested you found something that your learners will like and which will help make the book you are reading with them what it should be — fun!
If there are questions that you have after the session that didn't get answered, do ask them here, in the comments, and I'll be very happy to answer them.
What else do you do with graded readers?
If you do other things with graded readers, do tell us about them, even if they don't involve much (or any!) technology.
What works, what doesn't…?