I had the good fortune to attend a presentation by Jeffrey Wilhelm. He’s been a proponent of inquiry learning and, my personal favourite, getting drama into the other aspects of language. I have bookmarked, dog-eared and almost wrecked my copy of “Deepening Comprehension With Action Strategies”*, and now I want to share it with you.
My personal favourite strategy is the ‘Hot Seat’, where you get the students to adopt a persona of a character of the book, and they must answer questions, in character, that are asked by the rest of the class. Not only do you get at voice and point of view for the student in the hot seat, the rest of class demonstrates their ability to come up with good, deep questions. The talk show atmosphere really piques student interest, and our conversations often take strange and exciting tangents.
*Technically I have “Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension” from 2002, but that link is to the updated version – it has a CD!