Title of Activity
Description of educational activity
Duration: 90 minutes
Pupils’ age: 15-19
Organization of the class of pupils: group work/ it must be carried out in a library
The aim of the lesson:
The main target of these lessons is to increase the interest of students in libraries. To teach them how to search in libraries and how to utilize libraries during the studies.The aim of the lesson is to improve the reading literacy of the students. To improve their reading comprehension and to be able to find connections between different books. Another goal is to make the pupils develop their skill of searching for clues. To teach students reading for the gist, skimming and scanning the text. Using decoding and vocabulary strategies. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of connecting ideas and themes across texts.
The books involved:
Evaluation and assessment method:
Throughout the lesson we can see whether the students are successful with their reading comprehension as all the activity is focused on the ability to scan the text, skim the text or to read for the gist. If the students are not able to utilize these abilities they are not able to get further in this activity. If we can see that the students struggle the teacher should provide some help.
The effect of the activity on RSP reading:
The RSP readers learn how to scan the text and how to recognize names and words in context. They learn searching for particular information, or checking to see whether a passage is relevant. They recognize relevant facts and ideas; classify information. The students learn how to orientate in libraries, how to search information and how to benefit from libraries.
Connection to curriculum
Grade: 1st and 2nd grade of bilingual studies
Bilingual curriculum: The study of literature is focused during the second year on reading comprehension of literary texts which are based on the interests of the students which involves fantasy, high fantasy, dirk fantasy, urban fantasy, literature with boy or girl protagonists. The aim of the curriculum is to teach students to work with the text, to analyse the texts. The aim is to practise the following reading methods: Skim reading/ browsing, Speed Reading, reading for the gist, Scanning.
Bibliographic reference to be used during the activity
I'll Give You the Sun
A Game of Thrones
Publisher: Walker books
Page count: 368
Year of issue: 2015
Nelson's novel is a twin and family relationship story at its heart, but it also intricately explores themes of art, fate, and identity, often with the artwork replacing some of the inner dialogue. I'll Give You the Sun is published in 25 countries, and is optioned by Warner Bros for a film to be written by Natalie Krinsky and produced by Denise Di Novi and Allison Greenspan.
The expected outcomes of the lesson are:
Both the teaching method and the text can help in increasing students’ interest in reading. This text promotes a male and a female character with whom boys and girls can identify. The teacher monitors the students so as to make sure they cooperate effectively. The volume of given fragments of books can be adapted to the potential of a group - fragments can be shorter - by cutting less important paragraphs, or be expanded to additional fragments of the same novel.
As it is a competition and usually libraries do not offer more volumes at the same place, we suggest to make it as a competition where the groups will have a different starting time and they will be timed. While the groups are waiting for their turns the teachers can prepare some tips how to search information and the libraries can show their sources and the possibilities how to find the relevant sources.