Novel approach to English
Woodlawn's Book Expo gives students a chance to showcase novels of their choice.
An annual hit with Woodlawn Year 8 students, the Book Expo is an extended English assignment held over eight weeks.
Activities include creating a character profile, diary entries, collage, poem and board game, allowing students to learn and engage in English activities while using their imagination and creativity.
Students then display their work and dress up as a character from their book to ‘sell' it to teachers, parents and fellow schoolmates.
This year, books ranged from modern favourites like Twilight and Harry Potter, to classics like Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables.
When asked what they liked about the Book Expo, students gave a variety of responses from, “Interacting with other students” and “It's a fun way of doing an assignment” to “Being able to dress up and pretend to be someone else” and “You get out of class!”
Teachers' enjoy the Book Expo as it is a great way of encouraging their students to see the fun side of English while utilising a wide range of talents.
The Expo was a great success with students and teachers now deciding which books they'd like to read in the future.