Our reading club is designed to be an experience. Not an event or a task or a class or a meeting. It’s an experience. If you separate each part of our evening from the other parts you are left with a list of tasks. You might judge one as fun or the other as boring or difficult or useless maybe, depending on your bent. But when you blend them together it’s a recipe for something great.
Let me explain. Every academic subject has lessons right? So a literature lesson is no different. Many academic subjects have projects. Right? There are subjects that require the students to interact with a teacher. Most students eat lunch during the school day, right? We do all these things at literature club too. It’s as if anyone of these tasks in isolation is just a task but when blended with all the other tasks a whole new entity is created. I call it an EXPERIENCE. It’s much more alive than a course of study. My husband describes it like this, “If literature club is a theatrical play, the books are the backdrop and the people the actors.”
The project for our Iliad Experience is to Create Board Games using literary elements. These are the creations from March 2012. You will see completely original game, an ILiad version of Candy Land and Clue, a matching game, go fish, and a word search. If you’re class is working on projects for The Iliad, please feel free to use the designs our young people created.
How do you make reading an experience? Enjoyable?