Carol Jago in her book ‘Classics in the Classroom’ argues that all students should be given the chance to experience classical literature, not just the deemed-as-gifted few. Using this resource, you can support your learners in accessing often-dense classic texts so they can extract vocabulary and techniques to experiment with in their own writing. In so doing, they not only get inspiration for their own writing but can start to appreciate the rich language that deserves the title of ‘classic’.
When my students complete this learning activity, their writing is a delight to read. They feel 'smart' and it boosts their confidence to add sophistication to their writing. Unlike simply using a thesaurus, the students have explored the new vocabulary in context and therefore understand not only what the words mean, but also how to use them! I share this with you freely to get back the love of writing we all have as English (LA) teachers.
This lesson is great to use any time of the year. Starting the school year with it sets the tone of high expectations and lets students know they're moving on and up. It also reduces the fear of tackling more challenging texts over the rest of the course, so introduce it any time you want to up the ante, in a scaffolded and 'safe' way.
Included in this freebie:
→ teaching notes
→ model original writing inspired by the classic text extract
→ sample extracts for your students to practise on
→ guidance notes for students
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