Book corner - Literature Projects

literature project: The Chronicles of Narnia  - adapting teaching to the needs of heterogeneous classes

(class 5a, 2014/15 - Ulrike Natzer)

 

Binnendifferenzierung der besonderen Art im Englisch-Anfangsunterricht

 

Gleich vier in einer Klasse –  so viele Kinder, die zu Hause Englisch sprechen, hatte ich bisher noch in keiner Englisch-Anfangsklasse. Da war der Abstand groß zu den Kindern, die mit den regulären Grundschulkenntnissen in den Englischunterricht am Gymnasium starteten, und das war frustrierend für beide Seiten. Die einen fühlten sich überfordert von dem fließenden Englisch der “Native Speakers”, und diese langweilten sich bei der Vermittlung des ersten Wortschatzes und der Basisgrammatik. Von Elternseite kam die Anfrage, ob man die vier Kinder nicht zusätzlich fordern und damit fördern könnte.

 

Dank der Unterstützung unserer Grundschullotsin, die jeden Mittwoch als zweite Lehrkraft in die Klasse kommt, entwickelten wir aus dieser Sondersituation heraus ein gelungenes Differenzierungsangebot: ein Literaturprojekt für die Muttersprachler in der wöchentlichen Intensivierungsstunde.

 

Selbständig lasen die „English Specialists“ der Klasse abschnittsweise den Eingangsband der Narnia-Chronik von C. S. Lewis und tauschten sich dann in der Schule untereinander über ihre Lektüre aus. Sie erweiterten dabei ihre Lesefähigkeit und ihr Vokabular und waren zu Recht sehr stolz, dass sie das spannende, aber gleichzeitig sprachlich anspruchsvolle Buch gut bewältigten.

 

Jeder bastelte zu einer selbst gewählten Szene aus dem Buch eine Schuhkarton-Bühne und kleine Spielfiguren. Gemeinsam schrieben die vier Schüler dann Dialoge und setzten die Szenen filmisch um.

 

Als Projektabschluss präsentierten die vier Schüler das Buch, ausgewählte Vokabeln, sowie ihre künstlerische Umsetzung auf Englisch der restlichen Klasse. Gemeinsam verglichen wir die Schülerfilme noch mit einem Zeichentrickfilm zum Buch. Nun konnten auch die restlichen Schüler der Klasse stolz sein: Mittlerweile war ihr Englisch so gut, dass sie der Präsentation ihrer englischsprachigen Klassenkameraden folgen konnten.

 

Danke an alle, die sich hier besonders engagiert haben!

 

18.4.2015

Dr. Ulrike Natzer

Englischlehrerin der 5a

 

 

   
   

 

Let's read...

book recommendations for learners of English

(class 6c, 2013/14, Irene Weinberger-Friedrich)

BOOK SHOW

 

for 2nd year learners of English

 

Want to read a book?

Need a book recommendation?

We got them for you!

Check out our picks from a list of 25 books we read last year.

 

presented

to you by class 6c

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Up for a ghost story?... 

The Shadow on the Stairs - reviewed by Antonia & Nadine

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The story is about a boy whose name is Joe. He hasn’t got a mother, but his father has got a new love, Diane. Joe hates Diane and we wants to get Diane out of the house.

There is a legend about the house: The ghost of a girl lives there.

Just when Joe is making his plans against Diane, the lights go out and the girl comes out of her room…

The story has got a slow start, but then it becomes exciting. At the end it is funny.

We like the book because everybody can read it. The book keeps you reading.

But we think the book should explain more.

(Teen Readers: Ann Halam: The Shadow on the Stairs, Klett Verlag, isbn: 978-3-12-544102-6)

 
 

For animal lovers:

Ride for your Life – reviewed by Franziska & Melissa

 

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Annie Grant is visiting her Aunt Jean. But her cousin Mary and her uncle aren’t there. One day she meets Pat. Pat is very nice and teaches Annie how to ride. And Aunt Jean doesn’t have time for Annie. What’s her secret?

We give the book for stars because the book is very exciting. But it is more for girls.

 (Hueber: Pauline O’Carolan: Ride for your Life Pak., Level 2 + CD)

  

White Fang – reviewed by Pascal & Christian

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White Fang is a wolf that lives in the wild. Indians find and catch White Fang. The Indians deal with a man who uses White Fang to fight against other animals. Somebody must save White Fang!

We found the book good, but it is too short.

We recommend the book for those who like dogs and wolves.

 (London, Jack. White Fang +CD, Young ELI Readers)

 

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Let’s do some magic… 

Miss Wiss – reviewed by Fabian & Tobi

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Miss Wiss is a teacher – but a special teacher because she can do magic. Sometimes she does magic in the classroom. It is very funny. We do not like the ending because the school does not want Miss Wizz to stay. She makes too many problems with her magic ;-)

 (Terence Blacker. Charming Miss Wiss, Gulliver, isbn 978-3407740229)

 

 

 
 

…or read something classic:

Tom Sawyer – reviewed by Felix & Arne

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Tom loves adventures and he enjoys them everywhere. Tom has got adventures in an old house, in a cave and in a graveyard. Tom watches Injun Joe, Muff Potter and the doctor in the graveyard. Joe kills the doctor, but Muff Potter must go to jail. It is a difficult situation for Tom because he knows what happened.

The book is excellent because it is short and a crazy story.

If you hate fantasy stories you must read this book and you must read it of you like stories from America.

(Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Penguin book + audio CD)

 

The Black Tulip – reviewed by Leonie & Anna

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The people in the book are Isaac Boxtel and Cornelius Van Baerle. Isaac is he worst character in the book because he is clever and does bad things to other people. Cornelius Van Baerle is the best character because he helps others, but in the story he needs help from Rosa who he loves and from William, Prince of Orange.

 The story is about a competition: Who can grow a black tulip? Cornelius and Isaac want to win the prize and their fight starts.

The book is for boys and girls who love thrillers. 

(John Milne, Alexandre Dumas und Florence Bell . The Black Tulip. Macmillan Readers)

 
 

We’ve got some thrillers, too! 

A Little Trouble in California – reviewed by Moritz & Niklas

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 The book is about two children who are on holiday in California. They watch a man who smuggles turtles. Can the children save the turtles?

If you like thrillers, read the book. But in some parts we think the story gets boring.

(Cambridge Discovery Readers: MacAndrew, Richard: A Little Trouble in California +CD-Rom)

  

Pirates – reviewed by Mike & Julian

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Kit, a teenager, earns some money with taking photos. One day a young woman, Jade, offers him a job: He must take photos of the people on the richest yacht. Kit does not know that Jade is a criminal and has quite different plans...

“Pirates” is an interesting book for kids between 10 – 13. It’s a nice story with a good ending.

(Pauline Francis: Pirates!, Pak. Level 2 +CD, Hueber)

 

 

 

 

The Black Hand Gang and the Mysterious House – reviewed by Paul & Tom

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 Our book is about four friends who are little detectives. They have got a friend whose name is Sergeant Shorehouse and he is a police officer. The friends’ names are Frank, Angela, Ralph and Keith W.S.. One day they see that smoke comes out of the chimney of a deserted house which is next to the secret meeting spot of the four. They want to know who lives in the house and what is going on there…

If you want to know how the book goes on, you must read it.

There are two stories in the book – the Mysterious House and the Smugglers’ Tunnel.

The second is about a gangster who smuggles drugs.

There are many quizzes on every page about how the story goes on. The book is a wonderful thriller.

 (Lüer, Uwe et al. The Black Hand Gang and the Mysterious House. Englische Ausgabe mit vielen Vokabeln. Ravensburger)

 

 

The Black Hand Gang and the Treasure in Breezy Lake

reviewed by Simon & Justus


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The Gang is a group of children – Ralph, Angela, Frank and Keith W.S. (= with squirrel). The gang experiences adventures and you as a reader must help them (in quizzes). There are pictures in the book where you can find clues about how the story goes on. This is how you can help the gang.

There are two stories in the book, one is “The Treasure in Breezy Lake” the other one “A Theft at the Zoo”.

We recommend the story for everyone who likes quiz stories which are a bit difficult and exciting. The story is full of suspense and sometimes it gets dangerous for the gang.

 (Lüer, Uwe et al. The Black Hand Gang and the Treasure in Breezy Lake. Englische Ausgabe mit vielen Vokabeln. Ravensburger)

 

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stories about growing up 

Lucky for Some – reviewed by Paula & Maria

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Madison and her family come into a new house in a new town. Madison wants to join the basketball club at her school. She gets the number 9 jersey. But everybody thinks the jersey is dangerous and full of magic because a girl whose jersey was the number 9 went missing. Madison and her brother want to find out where the girl is.

What’s the secret of the mysterious number 9 jersey?

It is a very exciting book with a cool ending. The book is better for girls, but boys can read it, too. The book has not got difficult words.

You must read the book because it is a great story and you can feel like Madison and her brother Jason. The book keeps you reading.

(Smith, Paula. Lucky for Some, Pak. Level 2, Hueber)

  

The Promise – reviewed by Luca & Benedikt

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The book tells us about a poor boy, Pedro, who lives in Salvador Di Bahia. Pedro gets a job as a bus driver and dreams about playing football for the national team of Brazil. Will his dream come true?

 We find the book good because we like football and the book is exciting. You can understand it very well although you will not know all the words. The book is more for boys.

 (R.L.Scott-Buccleuch:. The Promise. Hueber, MR Elem.)

 

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