This semester Grade 10 students at Shanghai Liaoyuan Bilingual School have been studying a very interesting coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street by Mexican-American novelist and poet Sandra Cisneros in their Literature class. Most students enjoy reading this novel because they can find a connection with the protagonist Esperanza as she grows up. The novel form of vignettes with accessible language level also makes reading fun.
Their Midterm Project includes a variety of options for students to explore their own creativity and personal skills to translate what they have learned into different visual presentations such as “neighbourhood newspaper for Mango Street”, “illustrated children’s book”, “Esperanza’s scrapbook”, “movie proposal” and “making a drama performance”. By doing this project, students not only had fun but also practiced important life and study skills such as teamwork, planning, problem-solving, communication, organisation, dealing with pressure of deadlines, etc.
In Literature classes at Liaoyuan, students are encouraged to express their individuality, show their creativity and have fun through learning. This has been demonstrated in students’ works which they are very proud of. As their teacher, I cannot be more proud of their effort and their growth since they first started Grade 10. I would like to share their amazing works with everyone and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.