Alice in Wonderland

Oct 31

Exploiting literary texts (cooperative writing and reading)

Blogging on a literary text

A blog may be a great teaching tool. It allows the teacher to interact with his/her students, reflecting on their personal growth as readers and writers during the whole year. It is one of the best means for my students and me to interact around a literary text: it has become a sort of learning log. This blog has been set up to provide a space for students to record their responses to their readings and for me to respond to them, thus creating a living community of readers, a reading web of interconnected people who work together within an authentic learning environment they have contributed to build and enrich. Writing in a blog is a different and more reflective way of writing and students have to gradually be initiated to it. Moreover the responses to students contributions allow a teacher to get constantly in touch with them, keeping alive a dialogue which goes far beyond the teaching hours.

Round-robin reading and poetry reading.

One of the activities students appreciate most is round-robin reading of a literary text. Each student is asked to choose a passage from the book we have been reading so far, read it aloud and provide a reason for his choice and a comment on the text. The other students like listening to their classmates reading a text they already know and their reactions to this activity are always very appreciative.

This activity is particularly effective when we are reading poetry.

One of the most remarkable teaching experiences has been the reading of Emily Dickinson’s poems together with the students sat in a circle and sharing emotions and reactions.

The Background and History of Alice in Wonderland