Monday, March 3, 2014

The Snow Goose...the latest classroom novel

Our current class novel is the classic The Snow Goose, written by Paul Gallico. I have five different editions from my book collection in circulation in the classroom, including one from 1942 which was very dear to my mother's heart. I like to use books that students wouldn't normally pick up themselves to read in order to expose them to challenging texts and  genres of which they may not be aware. (For example, last year we read and studied a recent release graphic novel based on the Gallipoli campaign.) Our next major art and literacy assignment will centre around this short but complex novel set in World War II. Students will design a cover for a new edition of the book and write a blurb promoting the book. We have been collecting feathers so if students wish to add a printing aspect to their artworks they can. Otherwise, they can employ whatever medium they like. In the classroom we have a range of charcoals, oil pastels, Derwent pencils, water colours, marker pens, ink pens, and acrylic paints. These materials will be introduced to them to these this week.Two students are currently trialling some black acrylic printing techniques using feathers.

On Monday students also started their "Texts I Have Read in 2014" listing in their Literacy books. I have requested they update this list this Wednesday as their homework task. Students will be doing a comparison of this novel with Storm Boy by Colin Thiele.

Update: Tuesday 4th March
This morning the grade five students viewed the first three parts of The Snow Goose. I suggest that the grade six students try to watch these clips at home as they were pretty much out the whole day doing their daily phys.ed leadership training with Mr Smith.

All students except one (who is on a family holiday for two weeks) has now viewed  three parts of the black and white movie..

Update: Tuesday 11th March

Today I brought my record player into the classroom and students listened to the record The Snow Goose. It follows the originally story fairly closely and was adapted by Nat Wolff. This afforded some students an opportunity they had not as yet experienced: to listen to a vinyl. We discussed terma like melodramatic and talked about dramatisations. This story was dramatised by Herbert Marshall and Joan Loring.

Update 17th March: Art works inspired by the novel

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