Oooooo!! Ooooooo!! As Bunki likes to say (besides "Toodles"): My brain gears
are crankin'. Here in the hinterlands of Quito, the concept of fat books
hasn't arrived yet. I always loved Ellen and Ann's presentations at NAEA and
was able to incorporate some ideas--in a very minor way--into my ninth grade
English classes. I regret not bringing their book with me, now.
I've collected some of my favorite opening lines from various books to share
with the students, and I think a fat book exchange of THEIR favorite lines
would be a ton of fun. My teaching partner and I sponsored a 9th grade book
fair in the spring of the students' favorite books and plan to do it again.
The fat books would make a unique presentation.
When I taught art, the students had to keep a notebook, do research, and write
about art. Now that I'm teaching English, I try to reciprocate by including
some art. Tell me, how should I manage this? My five classes have 12-14
students--keep the exchange within each class? Across classes? Or is that
too many pages for them to make? Divide the classes into smaller groups?
What might be the best number of students in a group exchange?