German lesson in Latvia

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Erasmus + project Nr. 2014-1-LV01-KA201-000431 „How to Make Education |Process Attractive to the Teenagers of the 21st Century”

Creative writing with music and pictures”

Teaching/learning activity no.1

Taught by Cornelia Fedkenheuer, Henning Oberthuer and Eva Robinson (Germany)

in Latvia on April 18th, 2016




Objectives of the activity

Steps of the activity

Materials needed for each step

Approximate timing of each step


Creative Writing in a group

Using music to warm-up their imagination and creativity


instinct impulse



group discussion

group work


1. introduction

Teacher gives instructions by showing pictograms and telling the students what to do.

Students sit at group tables of 5 (depends on the size of the group)

2. warm-up and “think”

- (optional) to warm-up the students and to make them familiar with the first step of the method the students can listen to the music with closed eyes and just let their imagination flow (first pictures come up)

- Teacher turns on the music (without lyrics) and students draw whatever they associate with the music - with closed eyes (!).

- Teacher gives instructions for the next step by using pictograms again.

- Students have to keep on drawing or to paint over the parts they want to highlight while the music is playing - with open eyes (!).

- Students have to write down words on little cards which come to their mind when they listen to the music again.

3. “pair:”

- Teacher gives instruction by using pictograms again.

- Students now have to look for other students having the same coloured paper on which they have drawn their picture. They move to the group tables which are signed with the corresponding colour.

- Students exchange and explain their “painting/picture” and words to their group members.

- Students start to arrange the pictures and words in order to build up a story/poem...

They try to bring the pictures in order to form a (nearly) complete picture (the order depends on the decision of the group)

- Teacher helps in the process of creating a picture

4. Creative writing:

- Students try to make up a story/lyrics/poem by using their words and pictures.

- teacher helps in the process of creative writing

5. museum`s walk // “share”

- students share their ideas/their results/products to the others while they walk around the classroom looking at the group table’s products.


Alternative: instead of a museum’s walk you can also do a simple presentation of each group in front of the class



- classical music

- paper (4 different colours- depending on the size of the group)

- pens











At least


Depending on the

time left

Additional info:

- think- pair- share: is a method used in context of cooperative learning. There are three parts: think, pair and share. Due to the individual and cooperative parts of learning there is a variety in the lesson or in a part of a lesson. In the part of individual learning the students deal with the exercise on their own and are preparing for the next steps, the cooperative ones.

You can use this method for complex topics or just a simple repetition of a topic, as a starter of a lesson or a using it a whole lesson. This method supports the development of social learning and it is said that it helps students to understand and remember the topic easier.

Important is a clear time management, clear structure and a fixed group and team constellation. It is also easy to use icons to show the different steps (nonverbal communication).

- creative writing: is a good way to express feelings, thoughts and ideas instead of a simple information reproduction. Most of the times this way of writing is without any correction or it is up to the students if they want the teacher to have a look through their text. It frees the students and stands out of the typical lesson, which is perfection orientated. Students can write with joy and without any pressure to get good grades. Although it can be difficult and challenging for some students, the outcome is immense.

Different ways can be used and help the students to start their writing process for instance: music, pictures and items/objects. There is also no time -limit and the whole idea and implementation of creative writing in the schedule is up to the teacher.