The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help your students understand the text in amusing ways. Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and more that will allow your students to interact with each other, be creative, and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by "doing" rather than simply studying.
1. Literary Critic
Write a review of Up at the Villa as if you are a literary critic in the 1930s. Now write one in the present time. How do they differ?
2. Character Pictures.
Have everyone bring in pictures cut from magazines that illustrate their idea of what Mary, Edgar, Rowley, Karl, the Princess, and Nina look like. Have the class vote on the pictures and make a poster with the five winning pictures. Write a brief "biographical" sketch beside each picture.
3. Screen Play.
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