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Novella: A Reader`s Mikrokosmos
August 9 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm
Novella, a project of OEC was designed for secondary school students of age group 10-15 aiming to engage them in reading and writing activities. The project was a virtual interactive book club via Whatsapp providing short stories for the participants to read. This project which aimed to work upon the reading and writing skills of secondary students was completed successfully on August 23, 2020. During the two weeks of the project, our students actively participated in the activities and showed immense efforts and determination towards learning something new. Throughout this journey of Novella, the mentors had one-to-one conversations with the participants regarding different tasks and gave individual feedback on their work.
1- Reading: Students were provided with short stories with strong moral messages to read and reflect upon.
2- Lessons: Students were introduced to supporting concepts of writing and reading skills through short video lessons and explanations by mentors e.g. Elements of Story.
3- Creative writing: Students were asked to complete tasks by writing creative paragraphs e.g. list of words were shared and students were instructed to use each word and develop a piece of writing.
4- Research Activity: This was a pre-reading activity given to students for enhancing story understanding e.g. questioner had to be answered about the story`s plot.
5– Story writing: This was also a pre-reading activity. Students were asked to infer the up-coming story by reading only a poem section from the whole story.
6- Vocabulary: List of vocabulary was shared.
Participants shared their tasks on time. Improvements were observed once each task was submitted. Participants were satisfied once they received responses from mentors and showed concerns for reviews from them. Improvements in their work were observed because students had been able to enhance their basic concepts like tenses, capitalization, and sentences. Participants had been able to develop consistency in their work.
Certificates were provided to participants.
Report By: Rahila Karim and Sidrah Sakhi