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An original way to use English picture books at junior high school in Japan

On 8th July I had the great pleasure of visiting Musashi Junior High School in Musashi Sakai, Tokyo, again.

The teachers had thought of a really ingenious way to use one of my picture books (Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse) that would help the students develop storytelling skills and fluency.

After talking about how I write and illustrate my stories, we got straight down to reading Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse out loud together, being careful with intonation and expression. Then the students got into groups of five and their task was to think of a way that they could develop or modify the story e.g. thinking of scenes beyond the final page (what did the 10 green mice get up to?), inserting a new scene or developing the conversation in other scenes. Finally, they will develop skits that they will perform at the school festival in September.

This was Part 1. Part 2 will be held on 31st August when I get the chance to see the skits that the students have developed and give them some feedback. I can't wait!!! Thank you Rumi Sato-sensei for organizing such an interesting project.

 

 

   

   

     

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