Go on a cultural excursion and cheer up your students with a film-related quest. Fun, inquiry-based projects are just as important in classroom reading education as using the right reading materials and teaching approaches. Sometimes it can be inspiring for students to see those 'ancient' libraries in films, and see examples of the power and importance of paper books.
Think about memorable film scenes where the main characters are in a library or reading together, or a film which features a book with magic powers or some secret knowledge everyone seeks. Bring the library and books closer to your students by focusing their attention on their presence in films they like and watch. This project works best with 16-18-year-old students, young adults and adults - students who have access to a wide variety of films and genres. Your adult students might remember some classics, which makes this project even more interesting. Use this project to improve your students' speaking and presentation skills.
1 Browse the Internet for beautiful or exciting pictures of libraries. Show them to your students in a slideshow.
2 Have a brainstorming session with them. Ask them to recall any scenes in films which feature either a library or a book. Ask them if they remember any film (or story) which has a meaningful book in its centre.
3 They can prepare either a poster or a short presentation about those films. They can show film stills, review the plot and explain what happens at the scene in the library or why the book is significant.
4 Choose a film and watch it in class.
5 You can plan a trip to your local library. Ask your students how often they visit the library. Librarians always welcome new readers and explorers. When you go to the library, give your students small research projects to help them explore the shelves. If you are doing it in an English class, focus on English-speaking authors and books.
Here is a list of films you can use as reference:
- The Librarian (2004)
- The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
- Agora (2009)
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)
- the Harry Potter series (2001-2011)