Summer – the best time for reading is nearly approaching. Adventure books are must-have items in the reading plan for many students this summer. Let’s join with Dewey students in an exciting reading project!
‘Exploration imprint’ is the theme of a project in which our students have an opportunity to get to know adventure stories, this is one out of the engaging activities in the series of Vietnamese-Literature subjects for 8th graders. For this project, a small ‘event’ was organized by our teachers and 8Melbourne and 8Sydney students right at the corridor of the two classrooms with the participation of 7th graders.
There are millions of wonderful things to be explored in our life, Vietnamese Literature in particular and Literature in general is a treasure of classical works, each of which contains their own signature and messages conveyed in various ways. Our students in 8Sydney and 8Melbourne did a thorough research and vividly presented the contents of these great literature works in one way or another, which brought about many surprises and gave some thoughts to their teachers and peers.
Have you ever wondered why adventure stories are transformed into movies?’. This is the question opening the essay with the ‘The relationship between the adventure stories and transformed movies’ theme written by 8Sydney students. By doing a thorough research about the relevant topic, our students brought about a well-prepared presentation to their teachers and peers. While 8Melbourne chose an unique adventure stories of Vietnamese Literature namely, ‘An’s life in the Southern Land book by Doan Gioi’, or ‘The Cricket and its life lessons’, 8Sydney chose classical adventure stories of the world Literature, ‘Our journey to the edge of the ceasing world’ by Yorozuya Tadahito or ‘Draco Malfoy’ in Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, etc.
Not stopping there, the two classes presented the dramas, the contents of which were based on the story ‘The little prince’ by Saint Exupéry or ‘The alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho, the dramas were planned and presented by our students.
During the project, both of the classes showed their proactiveness by creating diverse learning ‘works’ namely: posters, videos, comic books, etc. among those ‘handmade’ videos by 8Melbourne students about ‘The adventure of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘The five impressive adventure characters’ by 8Sydney absolutely made a great impression on the ‘audience’ thanks to their creativeness and humor. Especially, by getting to know the adventure stories, our students gained a better understanding of the characters, which helped them create their own costumes based on their favorite characters. The costume dressing up activities brought our students exciting and engaging learning experiences.
Thanks to the project on the adventure stories, utilizing learning methods and activities, our students had an opportunity to have experiential learning in their own way. By participating in the learning activities, planning and presenting the stories together helped our students deeply memorize the stories. Furthermore, analyzing, presenting essays and defending enhanced our students language ability, flexibility and trained their ability to naturally perceive the literature characters. Our students enlivened the ‘motionless’ characters in the books and immersed in their emotions, creativity and their unique ideas. As written in Bao Tran’s essay, a 8Sydney student: ‘Let’s yourself experience challenges, overcome obstacles, learn and explore as much as you can, like how literature characters do in adventure stories, since anyone of us only live once.’