Planning in detail and choosing a method
Once the topic is chosen, it is important that both primary and secondary school students familiarise themselves with the topic in an age-appropriate way before the study group meets. Also, the teaching method of the study group should be chosen with the students.
If the topic is, e.g., scifi, horror and detective short stories, the introduction to the topic can be done in the following ways according to student age:
Primary schoolers are introduced to the vocabulary and what the genres include briefly.
Secondary schoolers will study the topic in more depth during classes.
Writing short stories
Planning the study group, during which the topic will be delved into in more detail with the primary schoolers.
In addition to the lesson plan, secondary schoolers will practice reading short stories, asking questions, and leading discussions.
An example of how the Buddyschool group can progress:
Students sit in a circle.
The group starts with a discussion on literature genres led by the older students. The older students will ask questions and keep the ball rolling.
Then, the older students will read short stories they have written themselves. After each short story, the younger students get to guess which genre the short story belonged to. Afterwards the discussion continues.
After the study group, the younger students write their own stories in their notebooks or on iPads. The older students will check and grade them.
Both age groups may continue to discuss the topic during their own classes, but the dialogue between different aged students will also continue.
You might get ideas for further collaboration — you could for example publish a storybook together!