A few months ago, io9 published an article about a recent Reddit activity online. Participants were asked to write horror stories and post them on Reddit. The stipulation, however, was that they could only be two sentences long.
As difficult as that is to do, there were many takers and some really great fiction came out of the event. Read the io9 article I linked above. It's really amazing how much can be communicated in just a few words. When I read it, a lightbulb went off in my head and the article was filed away in my brain somewhere under "There Has To Be Some Way I Can Use This In My Class" (long file name, longer file contents).
|(I looked at my mirror. I saw another man.)|
I began the class by handing out and going over a compilation of horror vocabulary, Vocabula Terrifica, that Miriam put together earlier this month. After running quickly through the vocabulary, I told them about the io9 article and read a couple of the examples in English. Then I put them into small groups, where they were asked to write Latin two sentence horror stories and illustrate them on a colored sheet of paper. Lastly, they were asked to tape them on the wall when they finished. The few groups who finished early were able to go around and read other groups' stories.
It was a nice way to spend Halloween.
|My wall ended up so colorful! As a bonus, my language arts students asked me to read them some of the stories.|
(As a quick aside or caveat or the like, this is not really a comprehensible input activity. However, it is a fun activity, and I have always believed that once in a while, something that is just fun is a fine way to spend a school day.)