Monday, November 5, 2012

Bookr book lesson

I was playing around with bookr today and decided to create a book for a young ESL class to use in the future.  I thought it might be a good idea to write a book for the first week of class so the kids can discuss where they are from and know that even though they are all different they can all still get along and be friends.  This is great for them to start a bond in their class with new students while still keeping their culture alive in them. 

The objectives of this book would be to teach culture awareness and acceptance.  While also teaching children how to compare and contrast with differences and similarities.  And it can also be a good opener for teaching reading skills, vocabulary, and oral skill and comprehension by answering questions about themselves addressed in the book.  I only asked a few simple questions in the book but it is great to ask more: schools in their culture, beliefs, holidays, transportation...the list is really endless depending on what your plans are.

Don't get to caught up in the objectives just yet though, make sure you let the children tell their stories to because it can make them feel comfortable to talk about themselves and tell some stories about where they are from.  Its a great way to teach about community as well.  If children feel important they will be more likely to participate in classroom lessons and activities.  And be sure to tell a story about yourself too! If you connect with them they connect with you, so take the time to talk.  Remember if your in an ESL classroom that some children will have little to no vocabulary so the objectives should be lax the first few weeks (hint: drawing skills are usually pretty good..what kid doesn't like to color.  If they cant answer a question orally ask if they can draw a picture.)

Here's the book: Different People Different Stories.  I know how hard it is to write so feel free to use mine or think of your own...or get really creative and create a book as a class!  As always the possibilities are endless!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link to your lovely book. Your suggestions for using story-telling in the class are good ones, especially the idea that learning is all about the child, not the tools.