Though most high school textbooks include an essential question or journal topic to begin a textual unit, I’ve found that students tend to respond more actively to actual video clips, songs, or current event articles that they may be able to better relate with. As short clips and songs go viral, why not capitalize on their popularity to relate to high school literature and/or informational text as a starting point rather than use often stuffy and formulaic textbook questions? I typically use these ideas at the beginning of each class to introduce textual topics for that day’s lesson with themes appropriate for discussion within AP™ English courses as well as sophomore, junior, and senior-level English classes.
This product includes (30) PowerPoint slides (plus one bonus listed below as an example) of journal topics or bell ringer activities based on a variety of topical media clips. Journal ideas are broken up by theme, utilizing YouTube/video clips, TV clips, commercial samples (ranging from 30 seconds to nine minutes), or article links. Each journal topic is contingent upon a thematic response, prompted by the ‘big ideas” approached in each clip, common to Advanced Placement™ Language and Literature coursework. Questions prompt students for predominantly personal responses, invoking the visual “text” as their evidence and basis for argument. It’s no different than what many teachers already utilize to supplement their textbooks to begin class or lessons, but I’ve just matched up popular clips with themes and ideas after spending hours online while ignoring my family trying to come up with more engaging bell ringers.
Themes were chosen based on topics common to high school literature as well as close media relationship, including Identity and Culture, Parent Relationships, Gender Roles and Expectations, Societal Norms/Conformity, Appearance vs. Reality, Fear/Anger, Class and Status Differences, Love, Satire, Religion/Faith, The Power of Nature, and Progress and Technology.
Link: Drag and Drop World
What does this clip criticize?
What’s more important to you, conservation or convenience?
**Important disclosure: due to copyright restrictions, I’ve only provided links to each address and not embedded the actual video or text within a PowerPoint presentation, for example. Links have been verified and remain in operation as of July, 2015, but oftentimes are removed by video sites for upload violations or out-of-date submissions (for example, NBC often moves Saturday Night Live clips around within their archived clips section, so links may change without notice, further complicating the life of a high school teacher merely trying to introduce satire, sigh..) I will continue to check link accuracy but with sources ranging from Saturday Night Live to BBC to Jimmy Kimmel clips, I will attempt to keep up with changing links.
In addition, many school districts block or filter certain media outlets, so be sure to test each link before class to make sure it’s accessible through your school’s speed limitations and filters.
Three files attached: 1. instructions .pdf, 2. Powerpoint slides with embedded font (Windows) 3. Powerpoint slides (Mac)