You can’t judge a book by its cover. Or can you? (LS-PL-220)

’If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.’ Toni Morrison’s words are the perfect introduction to the learning scenario in which students are encouraged not only to read books but also to start creating ones.

This learning scenario is supposed to be implemented in an English language class and it combines language and ICT skills. Moreover, students enrich their knowledge of literature, focusing on books and their authors from a different perspective – that of their book covers. They also develop their vocabulary related to the topic of reading.

The lesson contains various technology-based activities including elements of gamification (Wordwall, Socrative), searching for free-to-use images in the Europeana Collections, creating book covers and book trailers. The latter is produced by means of an interesting ICT tool – Adobe Spark. Some other online tools are also suggested in the learning scenario: AnswerGarden for assessment and Mentimeter for feedback.

Collaboration and communication play a significant role in the learning scenario. Students work in teams, discuss their ideas and choices and collaboratively create the above-mentioned outcomes. They are free to decide on the topic, genre and the process of production. This freedom definitely enhances creativity and motivation.

Afterwards, students collect their productions using Book Creator and finally, everybody presents their outcomes to the other groups. Practising oral presentation skills is another important teaching element in the English language class.

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