Saturday, June 27, 2009

Telling a Story, Developing Multiliteracies

I just got this video via Twitter (a microblogging site) from a dear friend, Ana Maria Menezes, a mineirinha, who has a bag full of tricks to share.

The story is simple, but then, I just realized that it is a wonderful springboard to explore language. Imagine a group activity, or even a collaborative project with sister classes in which they have the same claymation and learners are responsible for creating the stories to go with the animation. They could even record the stories.

How motivating would that be? Is it the kind of experiential learning we could add more frequently to our lesson plans? Do you have any other ideas to go with this video? Or do you have any other video that could be used for the same idea?

Originally posted on Thursday, October 2, 2008


patricia said...

You could make a group story by having students work in pairs to answer specific questions. Through their answers, each pair is responsible for a specific part of the story and then the story is put together on the blog. Visitors could then vote on the story they like he best.

Carla Arena said...

This is a fantastic idea, Pat. Nowadays, it's very easy to add an only poll on blogs.

Mirian said...

Carla, the story and video are very sweet. I came up with two activities that can be done with the story.
Act.1) Is there a movie you have seen which deals with the same theme of the story? Choose a scene from the movie, compare it to the story and present it to your colleagues.
Act.2)Students can also write a story using pictures. Then they watch the original one and tell their story.
These activities might be appropriate.

Carla Arena said...

Mirian, thanks for sharing your very simple and objective ideas of activities for the video. That's exactly the point, having the video as a springboard for student's production.

Karina Viana said...

What a cute video! As the story is not narrated, a suggestion to use the video in the classroom would be asking the students to do a narrative and then the video would be shown again but now with their interpretations. The others could make comments and chose the best narrative. In my opinion we could work on students creativity.

Carla Arena said...

Dear Karina,

Having students´ different perspectives can be of great richness for the classroom and, as you pointed out, it can certainly enhance their creativity.

doshimaitri said...

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