Journey to the Centre of the Earth

on Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Students love watching the movie Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Even though some of them have watched the movie, only now they really pay attention to the details of the movie. They draw conclusions and make deeper analyses and comparisons that they wouldn't normally do when watching the movie.

All thanks to the graphic novel in the new literature component.

Jules Verne's book of the same name really is an interesting and easy-to-read book that really brings a lot of excitement into my classroom. Although I was supposed to do the short story Flipping Fantastic with them first, the healthy response from the students prompted me to start of teaching them the novel first. In no time, they grasped the characters and plot of the story because of the uber effective pictures and short texts in the novel.

Really easy novel, very easy graphical cues, very effective word association with the pictures, very simple language use, and tons of possibilities in terms of activity-creation. I found teaching this novel to be as simple as going into the classroom and just giving them activities to do. I highly recommend teaching this novel if you feel that your classroom seems rather passive and unresponsive at first. It's a good way to jump start their learning braincells.

Thumbs up to the novel.

Oh, probably Brendan Fraser helped too.


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