Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Schools : Reading Books for Valentine's Day






Google Doodle Valentine's Day 2012





Google Doodle Vanlentine's Day 2012
https://www.google.com/doodles/


This morning, Google presents this romantic animated Doodle. Valentine's Day! Of course you remembered the day! And your students too! And they love to talk about "Valentine's Day" in the classroom!  So you must include into school curricula, preparing some activities. Why not begin with lovely Doodle?






I would like to share some suggestions about three lovely books in three different languages - English, Español, Français - that you can reading and exploring in the classroom. Don't forget to prepare some activities as well.



Plant a Kiss | December 2011

Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote and Peter H. Reynoldsillustrated this lovely children's book! "Plant a Kiss", published on December 2011 by HarperCollins

Its message about the unending supply of good will toward others, which Little Miss spreads by delivering handfuls of magic, sparkling kisses is touching. 

"A story about love beyond the boundaries of parent and child. And what child doesn’t like a page sprinkled in glitter?"

Plant a Kiss: Hardcover | e-Book

Language: English;

Level: Kindergarten (up 4); Primary Education;

Curriculum: Poetry; reading;

Values: Love, kindness, sharing.

Synopsis:

Little Miss planted a kiss . . .
One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving.




  • Desencuentros:


Con su talento para la descripción poética de la realidad, Jimmy Liao crea el relato dulcemente melancólico de una tragedia cotidiana.




Jimmy Liao | April 2008



With a poetic and talent touch, Jimmy Liao describes a melancholic narrative about people's separation in big cities.

Language: Castellano | Spanish;

Level: Elementary and Secondary Education;

Curriculum: The Narrative text; 

Values: Social problems about living in big cities; loneliness, apartness.

Synopsis:

Ella vive en un viejo bloque de pisos de un barrio de las afueras de la ciudad. Cada vez que sale, no importa adonde vaya, se dirige siempre hacia la izquierda. Él vive en un viejo bloque de pisos de un barrio de las afueras de la ciudad. Cada vez que sale, no importa adonde vaya, se dirige siempre hacia la derecha.

Ésta es la historia de dos vidas paralelas que un buen día convergen y descubren fugazmente el amor, hasta que el azar vuelve a separarlas. La naturaleza y el progreso de la gran ciudad siguen su curso implacable, indiferentes al sufrimiento de los amantes desunidos. (...)





  • Oh! Les Coeurs:


Cœur fragile, cœur de pierre ou cœur d’artichaut? Ces expressions du cœur sont partout. Si les mots de cœur vous amusent, vous allez adorer "Ho ! les cœurs", le nouveau livre de l’illustratrice Véronique Saüquère-Hubert.




Ho! les Coeurs | Octobre 2011


Joyeusement coloré, Ho! les Coeurs vous propose 200 illustrations qui détournent et jouent avec le cœur dans tous ses états : des jeux de mots tels que "bracoeur" à "cœur de rockoeur" en passant par "marteau picoeur".

Véronique Saüquère-Hubert n'oublie les citations et proverbes illustrés d’écrivains célèbres tels que Shakespeare "Cœur insouciant vit longtemps" ou Pascal  "Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point".

Nous ne savons pas si "tout homme a dans son cœur un cochon qui sommeille" mais une chose est sûre, ce livre est un véritable coup de coeur pour tous!

Language: Français | French;

Level: Secondary Education;

Curriculum: Romantic literature;

Vocabulaire: jeux de mots, citations, proverbes;

Writing: love letters; romantic messages.


Some conclusions:

Well, I think you have three lovely suggestions to see your students completely captivated in Languages curriculum. 

You can prepare different kind of lessons that must be continued during the week.

According to the school curriculum level, explore the ideas, by inviting your students to different activities: drawing, writing, discussing, telling stories about love.

For the oldest: invite your students to tell a true story about love, make a choice of a romantic film or a romantic reading, wrote a poem, a narrative text (individual or in group) and illustrate it.

They can use Twitter to write romantic messages in 140 characters. Not easy if they want to be creative! But a good activity of conciseness in writing.

The websites of authors can be used to complete some activities. They are interactive and quite nice!

It's about your own creativity to explore the creativity of your students!

Have a nice Valentine's Day!


"Above all, literature keeps language alive as our collective heritage"

Umberto Eco, on Literature, 2002

G-Souto

14.02.2012

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References:

Authors' websites

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Peter H. Reynolds


Véronique Saüguère-Hubert
http://www.veronique-sauquere.com/


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