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The Hobbit stuff / Compare and Contrast with the Film
« Last post by Ruth Chung on February 19, 2020, 04:03:43 PM »
One way to get students to analyze a scene of the book in a unique way is by using the film. It might be interesting to play a clip from the film of a significant scene from the book/movie. Students could watch it in class, then could be assigned to write a reflection comparing the film to the movie. The teacher could pose two questions: 1) What is the same or different about the book to the movie interpretation? and 2) Why do you think some of these differences exist?

Students could be instructed to focus on some of the following aspects (to choose 1-2?):
  • Dialogue
  • Setting
  • Character portrayal
  • Tone/Mood
To extend this writing prompt, the teacher could ask some of the following questions:
3) Which presentation do you like better? Why?
4) If you could edit one of them, what would you do and why?

The questions could be altered according to age or context. For example, in a unit about tone, the focus could be on the tone. In a unit about descriptive writing, maybe the setting could be the focus. With age, the questions can differ and the length of the writing could differ according to the age. For younger ages, an additional creative portion could be added to the writing prompt, such as creating a comic version of the scene.

To read further about connecting the novel to the film, follow this link: [size=78%][/size]
This is a text written by Icy Lee (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), and published by Springer. This text outlines various forms of assessment in L2 writing and also provides relevant feedback from in-service classroom teachers. One reason why I like this text is that it provides insights not only from research but also from practitioners who in some cases agree with and in other cases dispute the findings from research.

I've copied a brief outline of the text, and a link to download the text. Enjoy!

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Purpose, theory, and practice of classroom L2 writing assessment
Chapter 3: Assessment for Learning in the L2 writing classroom
Chapter 4: Assessment as Learning in the L2 writing classroom
Chapter 5: Feedback in writing; perspectives, implementations
Chapter 6: Teacher Feedback; discrepancies between research and practice
Chapter 7: Role of Peer Feedback
Chapter 8: Role of Portfolio Assessment
Chapter 9: Use of Technology in Assessment and Feedback in L2 writing
Chapter 10: Closure; Classroom Assessment Literacy for L2 writing teachers
The Hobbit stuff / Language games to use for The Hobbit
« Last post by karlags2 on February 13, 2020, 05:40:09 PM »
Although this video is not directly Hobbit related, it shows games that teachers could use to incorporate in the classroom. According to the video, these games are intended for upper elementary students, but it could be adapted for more advanced students. Fish bowl can be used for students to review character traits after the teacher has discussed or done with the students a character analysis.

Maya Lee (2018, August 26). Fun Classroom Games for Upper Elementary Games [video]. You Tube.

The Hobbit stuff / Website to several class resources for The Hobbit/
« Last post by karlags2 on February 13, 2020, 05:35:35 PM »
As many of you have stated in previous posts, The Tolkien Society has a section in their website on how to study the author. This link suggests books from Tolkien to start reading his work, provides student resources and ideas to write Essays.

The Tolkien Society. (2020). Studying Tolkien.
The Hobbit stuff / Femininity in The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings
« Last post by karlags2 on February 13, 2020, 05:31:43 PM »
In this article, Łaszkiewicz (2016) presents the debate around femininity and gender roles in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. She argues that there has been ambiguity on how Tolkien portrayed his female characters ranging from being insignificant and hopeless as well as defiant and brave. For example, the first chapter of The Hobbit chapter recalls Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took, as the relative for which Bilbo inherits his queerness. Although this makes him special, the female character only receives a short exposition and her bravery and uniqueness by being the daughter of the Old Took, seems to fade when she gets married to Mr. Baggins. However, Lord of the Rings depicts two female characters that challenge some of these norms. To this extent, the greedy character of Lobelia attacks Saruman's men and the character of Galadriel shifts from being a humble wife to a rebel against Valar. Nonetheless, the author notes that the differences of portrayals are based on "the writer's private relationship with women" (Łaszkiewicz, 2016, para. 1).


Łaszkiewicz, W. (2016). [/size]J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S PORTRAYAL OF FEMININITY AND ITS TRANSFORMATIONS IN SUBSEQUENT ADAPTATIONS. [/color]http://10.15290/cr.2015.11.4.02. [/color]
Using Literature / Literature Circles and the Hobbit!
« Last post by Mai Mohamed on February 13, 2020, 04:05:54 PM »
As promised, here are our resources from the presentation day. These resources help understand what literature circles are and how to use them to teach extensive reading. PPT:
General Writing Resources / OWL at Purdue University--Plagiarism and ESL Writers
« Last post by meganln2 on February 13, 2020, 01:37:59 PM »
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is a great resource for the latest updates on citation style guides. This link (provided below) is specifically for ESL students, as it provides an overview of western universities plagiarism policies and the severity of plagiarizing. It also provides a list of vocabulary that is commonly used when discussing academic writing, such as citation, paraphrasing, quoting, etc. Further in this website, there is additional practice for paraphrasing and summarizing with answer keys to help guide students. These practices can be adapted by an instructor teaching paraphrasing, quoting, and/or summarizing. OWL at Purdue is typically up to date with the latest updates to citation guides (ex. APA 7th edition).
General Writing Resources / Verb & Adverb Charades
« Last post by meganln2 on February 13, 2020, 01:22:41 PM »
Playing games is a great way to get students moving around and involved while learning! This activity puts a fun twist on the game of charades. There is a list of words that are provided on the website that I have put into a word file for easy print out (provided below), half of them are verbs (in purple) and half of them are adverbs (in black). The premise of the game is a student will draw a card and then silently act out the word, demonstrating their knowledge of the chosen card. Of course, any introduction of vocabulary would be necessary if not already learned. This game can also be adapted for new vocabulary units and books if introducing new vocabulary/concepts.

Complete Reading and/or Writing Units / Match Fishtank Unit Plans
« Last post by meganln2 on February 13, 2020, 10:34:39 AM »
Match Fishtank is a site where teachers can share curriculum and other materials with each other from different content areas. This site is broken down into courses and grades with different units provided. Within each unit it is broken down even further into the summary of the unit, materials needed, assessment, unit prep, lesson map, and the common core standards for reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language, that they are meeting. I believe all of these lessons would have to be adapted for an ESL/EFL context, but it seems like a good starting off point. This site also offers webinars and other teacher support. I believe Match Fishtank is free for lesson plans, but will cost more if you are wanting the “Plus” version. “A Fishtank Plus upgrade is available as an annual subscription--$75/year for each course, or $130/year for all three grades of a single subject”
General Reading Links / Using American Born Chinese in the classroom
« Last post by meganln2 on February 13, 2020, 10:10:01 AM »
Getting students motivated to read can be quite difficult, particularly with students who are more reluctant to pick up a book. The increased use of graphic novels in classrooms can possibly help some of these students! One of the graphic novels that is for young readers is American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. This pdf is a teacher's guide on how to use American Born Chinese, a graphic novel, in the classroom. If you see in the table of contents, there are many possibilities that can be adapted for other graphic novels, or even other books. For example, the character carousel activity, is one that can be used for other books as the activities are still engaging students and encouraging synthesis and inference skills. Another thing that is nice about this teacher's guide is that it has activities that help tackle important topics, such as stereotypes with Cousin Chin-Kee.


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