IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR 21st CENTURY TEACHERS
By Natasha Shukuroglou
iMovie has been an app I have used all year, but mostly for presentations. Last week we were investigating Forces as part of our Inquiry unit, so we decided to merge these concepts into our writing. Students were asked to create a Narrative story based on Superheroes which included a lot of our ‘Forces’ vocabulary.
Our learning intentions for this genre were:
Once students were familiar with the structure of narratives and had started creating their plans for their own superhero story, i decided to go about teaching key intentions in a different way. I asked my students to work in teams to create an iMovie for their suggested superhero storyline. Here is how students met the learning intention by undergoing a kinesthetic and creative activity:
The result of the writing were outstanding. The students could not wait to get a pencil in their hand and edit their plans to make them amazing. The vocabulary used in their writing was beyond my expectation (especially for ESL students).
I have read a number of articles on Language Experience, and strive to use such methods in my writing lessons in order to create passion for writing and build on vocabulary bank. This lesson combined Language Experience with the use of ICT.
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Students were able to clearly discuss how they were going to set out the video. What will happen first? How will our movie end?
Similarly, students practiced putting the events in order to make sense of the storyline. After the introduction of the problem, what comes next? and then? afterward?
Acting out is a creative way to reflect on adverbs, adjectives and verbs. When we were watching the movies we were able to discuss how the actor felt, describe the surrounding, describe the intensity of actions. We therefore created a bank of vocabulary students could use in their writing.
Of course, every movie included actor/s speaking, shouting, grunting etc. So I asked students,how can I see this in your writing? I emphasised that if an actor is speaking to someone it is important to experiment with speech marks. The reader can get a better idea of the character’s personality.
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