Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The family Indonesia, a narrative

We are on Summer holidays for the next four weeks.
It feels strange to have a big holiday in the middle of the year, we are used to the big break to be at Christmas time.
The last few weeks of term I helped the ESOL students with their writing project. The school always has a project each term that the whole school completes and is then graded to set guidelines so they can see how each child is faring and to check standards are being maintained.
This term it was a narrative.
I worked with the ESOl kids to get tense, punctuation etc down as well as to help design and create the finished product.
This particular project was from a student originally from Papua New Guinea. This student had no formal education for the first 9 years of their life and has gone ahead in leaps and bounds in the last 9 months.
For the art work we made an A3 Indonesian flag and made the islands in red and white cardboard and pasted them around the text.
It was magnificent, this student was so proud of what they had done and presented it at school assembly.
I had to share it as I too thought it was wonderful.

The family Indonesia

Once upon a time there was a family called Indonesia
The fathers name was Mr. Papua Guinea.
The mother was a lovely island called Mrs. Borneo, she was very beautiful.
The eldest child was a handsome island called Java. He was famous for the lovely coffee he made. His little sister was a beautiful island called Celebes.
The baby of the family was the cutest little island called Bali. She was so cute people came from everywhere to visit her.
The family had a naughty uncle called Timor, he liked to cause mischief!
This family was so special that many people decided to live on this family of islands and create the country of Indonesia.

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