Are you a bookworm? Are you a book lover? I am. I have read books since I was a little girl.
Reading is quite a lonely activity, though. When you read, you hardly tell anyone what you think about this or that book.
Readers sometimes gather together and talk about books. This is what is known as a book club. Books clubs may have a strict structure which force people to read the same book at the same time. Flying High with Books is not a book blub in the strict sense. We have our "compulsory" readers which we work on throughout the school year. However, this site is not about compulsory reading. Reading cannot be compulsory, shouldn´t be. When something has to be done just because somebody says so, things are going badly.
Reading should be a pleasure, a source of enjoyment. Flying High with Books is the right place for students who enjoy reading a good story and want to shar...
A few months ago, I compiled some of the best read aloud and read along websites for children. The tales you can find there are so varied and so much fun! I wanted to finish my school year with 1st ESO students reading and enjoying a tale which has some characteristics of fairy tales (so foreseeable) and some others more surprising and eye-opening.
Why not make students aware that classic fairy tales are full of stereotype characters that do not fit in real life anymore? Why can't girls be as brave as boys? or do the same things they do?
By analysing classic fairy tales students will discover attitudes and behaviours that are no longer valid in our society. The Paper Bag Princess, although set in a medieval atmosphere, will show a completely new perspective on girls´ role in fairy tales. Why should girls wait for prince charming to rescue them when they can decide for themselves and take the helm...