In early December of 2016 our class (4D) started to work on a portfolio based on a book under the supervision of our English teacher. In order to fulfill this task we had to read an English book, describe one character and a scene, and review the novel. Additionally, a creative extra in any connection to the book had to be produced.
The first step was going to the school’s library to select our personal books: from classics like »The Chronicles of Narnia« and »Winnie-the-Pooh«, mystery novels like »The Chamber« and »Sherlock Holmes«, to completely new additions like »Harry Potter and the Cursed Child«, every genre was covered.
The second task was to read the books, which most of us did over winter break, and if not, over the course of January.
Then we had to write the character and scene description, and the recommendation. That was the part where everyone could demonstrate the quality of their reading skills. Even though the word minimum for these tasks was 100 words, most of us surpassed this, which is really something special and shows our commitment and enthusiasm for this English project.
However, the creative extra was the most outstanding part. Everyone put all their creativity, devotion and motivation into this, which resulted in colourful drawings, intricate games and even a chemical reaction (courtesy of Valentin Skopek). In one final lesson we showed one another all these texts and creations, which was very exciting to say the least.
Ultimately, we learned a lot from this project or portfolio, like writing descriptions and recommendations, how to plan our time correctly and even some more about our classmates, which not only brought us closer to each other, but also gave us the chance to show our other abilities and interests outside the English classroom.