In a recent literature class ILS 7th graders studied Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” Together with their teacher Galina Korotonozhkina, they discussed how poetic versions of mythological and heroic stories differ from oral versions of these legends. After that, the students presented their homework on these tasks.
“Our lesson was creative, and I offered the children different ways of presenting their homework: stage, show window, crossword, and illustrations,” Galina reports. “This way of presenting helps the students to master the material, think in images, and enhance their public speaking skills.”
The following assessment criteria were used: Creativity, artistic value, expressiveness, knowledge of the material, and viewer interest.
The students took their assignments very seriously, acting out the scene with Odysseus and the Cyclops. Some of the children drew pictures to fit the tale.
“Creative lessons are an excellent opportunity for our students to discover their potential,” notes ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. “The Odyssey is an exciting story which you can discuss for hours. The lesson format, where the children learn by participating, is highly effective. Positive emotions at the lesson translate into mastery of the material, as well as love for the subject studied.”