Today we continued our project that we started in the previous lesson. I wanted my students to write about their favourite books, focusing on the description of a character. I was quite happy with the results.
I decided to follow a Process Writing approach with elements of Product Writing because they had a model to follow. Here it is step by step and a picture of the board with the:
- Students had the information they needed for the text (title, author, type of book, favourite character, description);
- I wrote a model of my text on the board, by eliciting student’s suggestions on how to phrase the information;
- Students wrote a draft of their texts on their notebooks and gave me to correct;
- Students wrote the final version of the project (posters) and drew their favourite character.
It was a very simple approach that required little preparation on my part. It wasn’t very open for students to produce ‘new language’, though. They had quite a fixed model to follow, but some of them did try to include some plot details, like the one who wrote about the adventures of Tin Tin, who asked me how to say ‘ the captain was a drunk’ (haha!). However, to me, they needed just to be aware of how to write about the basic details of a book and to make the connection with what we have been focusing on by describing the character. And this objective was met by all of them.