50 Making storybooks Part 1
One of the "demotivating" things about teaching English or learning English is its "invisible" nature. I mean, you don't really have some tangible and physical evidence of your progress or as a teacher, your student's learning....it is all just "dust" in the wind...... Making storybooks can be highly motivating because it does provide a trace, some evidence of progress , learning, community, a produce .......
You can make minibooks either seriously and indepth or in just a quick, mini-book fashion. It all depends on how much time you have and your particular goals. Also your student's level of interest and level. Please see Susan Kapuchinsky in this video and her website for excellent pdfs showing how to make so many kinds of books. Here, I've reviewed this topic completely and it is a wealth of information on how to make storybooks in class.
But it should be done along this processual line. Please see attached some basic pictures I use for one book (but you can use any story "set " of pictures), as well as a description of two types of books. [kids love the mini books! They fit in their pockets!]
1. Engage the students. -- Play the story in video, tell the story in some form. Show the pictures and get them to tell the story. Or have them order the jumbled pictures. Get them talking about the story, the focus here is on them producing the vocabulary for the story orally and getting familiar with the story.
2. Practice. Go through the story. I usually do this with a ppt together. Highlight difficult vocabulary. For each picture have the students write one or two sentences. Then retell the story together.
3. Give the students the pictures. Show them how to make the book and if possible, some examples of previous made books. Explain about a title page, numbering pages, using both sides of the page. Make sure they make lines under their pictures!!!! for the text. Then get the students cutting and pasting and making their books. Circulate and help with editing as appropriate. Hold up books for the class now and then and point out great features. This really motivates them.
4. Publication/sharing. The most important part of the writing process. Select students to read their books or have a time period of DEAR (drop everything and read) where students can explore/share quietly each others books. This stage is very important.
IF you do bookmaking, you'll really be surprised by the increased pride and confidence of your students. t really works! It also uses all kinds of other learning styles which is so important. Finally, you will also have something "concrete" to show the principal or parents about what is happening in your classroom. Evidence!!!!
Here's the video I made to go through Mr. X's story. Also find BAAM games , Jeopardy games to review the story!
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