Older students in language arts class don’t always have the opportunities to show me their talents. When I built my Catching Fire unit I strove to have areas for each student to shine. It’s unfortunate, but with vocabulary, grammar, and reading assignments combined with the reluctance of teenagers to open up freely, I have found that I don’t always know their talents. When I plan large units, I always try to give students the opportunity to create a project, a creative outlet other than writing.
|This is the scene where Gale is whipped.|
Instead of having my remedial students (who adore The Hunger Games trilogy, btw), I had them tell a story through shoebox collages. They then had to present their stories, for a public speaking element.
|This is a scene from the arena.|
At this particular school, my students and I were incredibly limited on supplies. They got creative, and used pen lids and brought cookie cutters from home to accent their boxes. I witnessed their artistic sides, and they reviewed parts of Catching Fire in a fun way.
Like this idea? This project is featured in my Catching Fire unit.