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5 ways to use Wakelet on World Book Day

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Whether you’re planning to write book reports or host a costume competition, you can make the most of World Book Day with Wakelet

Are you a self-confessed bookworm or an English teacher hoping to inspire the next generation of readers? Whatever your reason for celebrating World Book Day, Wakelet is here to help. With our collaboration feature, you can get the whole class involved in World Book Day activities, challenging their creativity, critical thinking, communication and curation skills, of course!

Whether you love escaping to the wizarding world of Harry Potter, following Alice into Wonderland, or joining Frodo on his journey to Mordor, Wakelet can help bring World Book Day to life. Here’s how:

1. Book reports

Book reports have been a staple of English classes for decades but, with Wakelet, you can give them a 21st century update! Why not invite your class to collaborate on a book report collection? Provide them with the collaboration code and ask them to create a report on a book the whole class has been reading or one of their personal favorites. They could contribute a written report or appsmash Wakelet with Flipgrid and add a video presentation. Review their submissions privately or invite the class to view each other’s contributions.

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2. Top 10 lists

You and your students can create fun, interactive and visual top 10 lists on Wakelet. Task your students with selecting the books they want to include, adding an image or link to an online bookstore, and justifying their choices by adding written notes after each item. It’s a great exercise that not only encourages students to find their voice and talk about something they love but also to apply critical thinking to their choices. The class can then share their collections with one another to get more reading list inspiration. (And there’s nothing stopping you creating your own list, just for fun, too!)

3. Write letters to an author

A great exercise for any English class is letter writing. It’s an essential skill – even in the email age – and allows students to practice organizing their thoughts in a clear and cohesive way. If the class has been reading a book together, you could ask them all to write individual letters to the author, add them all to a collaborative collection and then tweet or email the link to the author and see if they respond! (A great idea from our Wakelet Superhuman Amy Ronayne!)

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4. Create a digital fairy tale

Did you know that you can use Wakelet for digital storytelling? Challenge your students to hone their research skills and unleash their creativity by creating a digital version of their favorite fairy tale. They can add links to articles or research papers, upload images, and add their own text. Think including an article on how a glass slipper could be constructed or a news story about someone waking up from a deep sleep. Take a look at this digital retelling of the Three Little Pigs for inspiration: http://wke.lt/w/s/8OxA2

5. Costume competitions

If your students dress up for World Book Day, you can create a collection to document their costumes! Create a collection to add their images to, alongside notes on the character they were playing and why. You can keep the collection unlisted so that only those with a link can view it and, once you’ve added everyone in class, you could email the link out as a newsletter for parents.