My lesson was for my students to view a video, think about it, write about it and then talk about it. All whole group as practice for our upcoming book club unit.
A tip I have found helpful is to encourage my 6th graders to choose a structure for their blank page because a blank page can be intimidating. Today, because the video involved the relationship between two characters, I suggested choosing one of these structures: an emotional timeline, a character trait chart or identity webs. These were three structures my students had experience using already.
J: Do I write the right answer or what I think?
Me: Thank you for asking. Do I write the right answer or what I think. (I repeated it so those in the room and at home heard it) That is such a great question. I want you to read the text. Today it is a video we will view. Then I want you to think about the characters. If you chose the emotional timeline, really think about how you think the two characters feel at the beginning, middle and end of the video. Place your mark on the timeline and then write why you placed it there. Something in your reading had you think to place the mark there on the timeline. Then write down why you think that. When you do that – think and explain why you think, it is a right answer. It’s the right answer until you decide to change your thinking. Sometimes during the talking about text, other’s say their ideas and that might change your thinking so be open to letting that happen. But for now, read and think and write it down and think of this as the right answer. Does that make sense?
J: Yeah, thanks.
We viewed the video once.
L: I don’t have any notes for the boy. He didn’t say anything.
Me: Good point, L. We are going to reread the video in a moment. During the 2nd read, pay attention to the boy’s actions. Pay attention to his facial expressions. Pay attention to what you think about his actions and his facial expressions and write about it on your notebook page.
After the second viewing I asked: L, were you able to think and write about the boy?
L: Yeah, thanks.
This padlet shows a sampling of their notebook pages.
We viewed the 2 min. video When Time Stops.
We watched it a 2nd time to add more details to our notes.
Then we had a whole class conversation.
This idea was shared with me by Emily at the TCRWP Social Issue Book Club Workshop.
The class lesson when really well!