Month: October 2021

Draw and Discuss

This is awesome, interesting and zero-prep.

Some of my kids started drawing on the board between classes or when I was out grabbing coffee. Some of these pictures were awesome, and so one day I just started discussing these.

Phil is a guy. Phil eats apples in his orchard. One day Phil looks out the window and sees a giant angry apple named Alberto. The giant angry apple chases Phil, because Phil ate his son. Alberto eats Phil.

Today we had a cigarette-smoking penguin, and Dracula grabbing Phish. I asked questions such as what is Dracula thinking? and why does the penguin smoke? I wrote some answers down, and then circled— asked comprehension questions about— the kids’ answers.

I added personalised questions such as Bikram, do you smoke? and who likes to drink blood? We got some good weird answers and fun chat out of it.

Spanish teachers, note use of the subjunctive 😂😂. I don’t care if the kids can produce it but if they understand…

The next logical step would be, write these down and discuss them. I should upload the photos onto our class Team and get the kids to read these.

UPDATE: Inspired by Blaine Ray, I got a student to be the voice of the penguin. I asked the penguin questions and he asked me questions (like in a TPRS story). So if I narrate the penguin smokes, I will ask the kid speaking for the penguin do you smoke? and they will say yes I smoke, and ask me.