Monsters and fantastical creatures are a common theme in the genre of children’s literature. Many children love imaginary creatures, and these stories provide fertile soil for imagination and creativity. Stories are also a rich source of language input. An appreciation for literature not only enhances children’s language skills, but also encourages children to become creative thinkers and independent learners. Children’s stories selected for this programme include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Where the Wild Things Are, and Bedtime for Frances. Relevant activities are designed with the aim of stimulating children’s creative thinking, developing fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. The activities will also integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English.
To develop an appreciation for literature.
To develop creative thinking skills (fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration).
To develop literacy skills.
To practice the language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
To produce creative outputs (e.g. drawings, poems, original stories, etc.)
Theme: Little Monsters
Day 1: The Gruffalo
There’s no such thing as a gruffalo! Or is there? Find out with the little brown mouse.
Day 2: The Gruffalo’s Child
Follow the Gruffalo’s child as she looks for the Big Bad Mouse.
Day 3: Leonardo the Terrible / Where the Wild Things are
Meet Leonardo the terrible monster and Max the king of all wild things.
Day 4: Bedtime for Frances
How do you go to sleep when there is a tiger and a monster in your room? Ask Frances!
Target Participants / Prerequisite
Children with an above-average ability in English.
Ms. Serene Chan is an experienced English teacher. She is also an EdD candidate at the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on how teachers foster creativity in the classroom. In addition, she is currently co-teaching a Master’s level course on Education on the Gifted and Talented.
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