Walk Two Moons

 

Activity 1. What's in a name?

The meaning of names is important in Salamanca's family. So I asked my students to find out the meaning of their Chinese names or any stories behind them. They talked about their names in small groups for 5-10 minutes. Then, they have to share the meaning or stories with the whole class. In the Chinese language, a name usually comes from the family name, followed by a given name. For example, my name is Huang, Chao-Jui.(Huang is the family name, and Chao-Jui is the given name) Many parents have beautiful or funny stories when giving names to their children. Even for students who don't have a stories behind their names, they can still explain the meaning of their Chinese names, which is good practice for their English speaking skills.

Activity 2. Murals

In Walk Two Moons, five mysterious messages are left for the Winterbottoms. Write down each of the message on a slip of paper. Give one message to each group along with a B4 size paper. Each group has to interpret the message in their own perspective, then draw a picture that include the message and symbols or pictures that represent the meaning of the given message. They can also paraphrase what they think the message means. When their murals are finished, ask each group to explain what they draw and why they interpret the message in that certain way.

Activity 3. Create A Travel Brochure

In Walk Two Moons, Sal and her grandparents visit many places in the Mid West. Ask students to create a travel brochure that includes a place, a city or even a country that is most appealing to them. It can be a place they've been to or a place they've been dreamingfor ages. They can create a paper travel brochure, or a powerpoint travel brochure. Students have 1 week to finish their travel brochure, then they will show their travel brochure to the whole class, introducing the hottest places to visit.

 

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