Single out negative models/proposals and reject them
Be kind and respectful with others
Learn from one’s own mistakes and being able to correct bad behaviour
Sympathize with others
Avoid taking advantage of others’ ingenuousness (candour/naturalness)
Reject any form of violence and aggressiveness (verbal/physical)
Pinocchio starts as a naughty puppet and turns into an affectionate child at the end of the book. Students will analyze Pinocchio’s adventures and reflect upon his journey towards a full human condition. The children will become aware of the fact that growth is much more than a mechanic process and implies self consciousness and control of impulse and instinct.
They will learn that respect, kindness and sharing with others promote the well being both of the individual and the whole society.
They will learn that experience and mistakes can be of basic importance in the growing process if supported by the confidence accorded by the ones who love us.
Students watch a film version of the novel (3 lessons) (Film Director: Comencini Luigi. – Year: 1972 – Duration: 134’)
Students create a cover for the novel or a poster do advertise it (individual work). They select and illustrate a significant episode of the story (pastel color/watercolor technique). They single out a suitable quotation, idiom, saying or metaphors to match the illustration.
Comenius team of students/teachers select the best drawings in each class and set a general exhibition
Students create comicstrips out of the novel (The CD version supplies comic strips with empty balloons. The students work in small groups to create dialogues in Italian and in English. Each Class is charged of the realization of some chapters only. Class sections are assembled in a comics album
Quiz show. All the classes are involved in the game. Students are divided into teams and answer questions about the novel. Special attention will be given to the outcomes/consequences of correct/incorrect behaviour
Overall evaluation of the work :
So far the students have enjoyed the activity and have appreciated both context (Comenius project) and contents. At the beginning most children didn’t know the novel and the work has given them the chance to discover a world famous piece of Italian literature. They sympathized with Pinocchio whenever he was stabborn and naughty and they shared his emotions when he was tricked by wicked characters or illusions. The novel is a mine of suggestons and allows the children to reflect on the importance of experience and mistakes on the way to humanity and respect.
In this sense Pinocchio confirms its modernity and gives evidence of its long lasting quality.