This is a wonderful and classic game to play in a classroom to get a collaborative comic book narrative from the students. The game is as old as the hills and is also known under the names of exquisite corpse (a Surrealist version of the game), consequences, comic jam, and a hundred other variations.
This is a new book that my father wrote before he passed away. It is a structured course in creative writing providing opportunity for learners to work through a variety of exercises individually. Family bias aside, this is a course that gets right to the heart of the writing process and which reflects his expertise as a teacher and a writer.
Reading the news is a lovely activity to do in class. I doesn’t require much effort from the teacher but the learners get a lot from it. We all know pictures are great for ESL students and this task really brings out the best in their imaginations and communication skills.
You can read a great deal into learners’ lives, motivations and personalities by playing this simple game in class. And it is so simple. All you do is give each student a piece of paper with a squiggle on it and ask them to make a picture.
‘Personality’ is a word we use to describe famous people and this is partly because celebrities often have a repertoire of interesting stories to tell. They can hone this persona into a fine art because they get interviewed so much that they have heard almost every question that can be asked.
Comenius was the greatest teacher of his age and one of history’s most seminal educationalists. His manuscripts are a captivating collection of enlightening works, the most famous of which is the Orbis Sensualium Pictus – The World of Things Obvious to the Senses, drawn in Pictures.