In tandem with the Hunger Games project I have been working on with the year 7 and 8 teachers and their students at Waiau Pa School, I have also been working with the year 5 and 6 teachers on their own literacy project based around “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.” Today was my first session in class with these students and we were using collaborative tools such as Mind42 and Audioboo to capture what the students had to say about the tasks we had set for them. The ultimate aim of this unit is for the students to create a video trailer to entice those that watch it to read the book. So today we were examining the interaction of the charaters with each other within the plot and the impact that the setting itself has on the mood and feel of the book. The aim was for the students to create ‘fish hooks” in their review to entice readers to want to read without putting in plot spoilers.
I spent some time talking with the teachers about this project and from my own observations it is clear that the students are fully engaged in this task and remained so throughout the block I was with them. What the teachers also report is that motivation on behalfo of the students for reading the text, engaging with it and the work that we have planned around the book has remained high throughout the duration of this work. The teachers report that the collaborative and elearning centred nature of the work has contributed to making this traditional book study more engaging for the students, even those who they would not have expected to.