Zombie attack causes writing outbreak!

Who knew that being attacked by zombies and holed up in the Library results in research, planning and writing outcomes for students?

On Friday 9 November, the township of Tullamore awoke to an eerie silence. On a visit to the Library, tweens and teens in Year 4-11 from Tullamore Central School discovered it had been trashed, and soon after had to lock themselves in as zombies tried to break down the doors to feast on their young, creative brains.

Bloody evidence of the Zombie attack in Tullamore Library.

Zombies attack!

Members of the Tullamore community gave up their lives for a day to be Zombies. The scariest part was when one of the ‘terrified’ children called out “Hi, Gran!”

It was those brains, however, that enabled the students to research and plan ways to survive the zombie attack and make it back to the safe haven of school.

This was all the brainchild of British educator Dr Matthew Finch, who travels the world promoting reading and writing  and his belief in ‘occupying literacy’. Matt develops exciting events to encourage students to write so that writing is an integral and enjoyable part of an experience, not something separate and irrelevant to their lives. He also encourages participation by the community, an essential part of making literacy projects sustainable in the long term.

On Friday, I joined a band of enthusiatic Tullamore ladies and Tracie Mauro  in dressing and acting like zombies to create a memorable writing experience for the students. It was an exhausting day for all volunteers, who discovered the true talent needed for ‘method acting’, even as characters whose deepest thoughts were “Aaaarrgh!”

You can hear and interview with Tullamore Central School Principal Sandra Carter and ABC Local Radio on the Parkes High School Website (because I can’t upload MP3 files here)

 

GrumpyLibrarian

12 Responses to “Zombie attack causes writing outbreak!”

  1. This is the coolest avenue into creative stimulation I have ever seen!

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  4. that was a great day we all had fun and enjoyed it even though the primarys wernt so happy about missing sport can wait till the next one and to what they have planned :)

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