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The MYP 2 English A2 group are using their netbooks to work on a Glogster multimedia poster for their English A2 lessons this term.
We have been studying the novella (The Pearl by John Steinbeck). The MYP Unit Question for this unit is: How can a sudden change in status affect the way people treat us?
The book is about an Indian couple (Kino and Juana) in Mexico, whose son (Coyotito) was bitten by a scorpion, but, being poor, was refused treatment by the Doctor. Later, Kino finds a pearl which they hoped would bring the money for the son's treatment for the scorpion bite. This sudden change in Kino's fortune and what happens to the couple after this finding is the plot of the book.
In addition to class discussions, answering questions based on the book and other materials, students are working on creating a Glogster for this unit. Following are the areas the students were given to base their Glogsters on. They had to choose one of these scenes for their Glogster:
1. The Scorpion Sting
2. The Doctor’s Response
3. The Pearl Discovery
4. The Buyers’ Conversation
5. The Attack in the Night
These are all scenes from the book and we have discussed them in class. We have also seen Powerpoint presentations and videos from Youtube based on various parts of the book.
I created Glog accounts for the students and showed them how the Glogster works, and it was fantastic to see that the students were getting each other's help with things they found challenging - these students are quite competent in using technology.
In their Glogsters students are including, text, images and sound. All students, even those who were not extremely confident in using technology, were engaged and eager to work on it.