Turn a Quote into a Masterpiece
The power of the language, the emotions that it can prompt and the lasting effect of just a few words is something that never fails to surprise me. As an English teacher it is also something that I try to instil into my students - Alan Bennett points describes it much better than I in his play 'The History Boys' - “The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”.
I'm also a huge fan of the way we convey words through text. While many professional designers will lament this site I think it would be a fabulous way to ask students to present a line of text that has had an impact on them. Recite This provides you with multiple templates that can be customised with your own quote or line of text. If you are struggling for a quote, it has those also but I see this as being a great opener for a novel study or creative writing piece.
The students would have a word limit, they must find the line that moved them most and produce a poster using Recite This. Posters are then posted to a class blog or better still printed and collated on one wall of the classroom as both source material and inspiration. Good words + good design - perfect.