Laetitia Escot, 4th grade teacher makes her students read short stories by Maupassant at Decroly College in Saint-Mandé. While working on the Horla, she found a clever way for her students to “get in touch with the characters”: editing and filming interviews. Young people must question each other by impersonating characters from the novel.
A method that works fine, notices Laetitia. Because by mixing the art of theater with digital tools, students identify themselves with the characters and better fit into the story.
With the appearance of screens and their development, young people are reading physical books less and less or are redirecting themselves towards digital reading. In a recent study by the Center National du Livre (in French), we learn that, in France, young people spend an average of 3h14 per week reading, compared to 3h50 spent on screens per day ! Using the tools that youth know how to use seems to be a smart solution to give students a taste for reading. Thus, with this playful role-playing exercise, the teacher better captures the attention of her class.