One of my favorite blogs is Film English. This blogger writes about once a week---imbedding a short film, usually with no words, along with a lesson plan for teachers. Here is his blurb:
"I’m Kieran Donaghy, an English teacher at UAB Idiomes Barcelona , Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, and I set up Film English in March 2010. Film English is a site which promotes the use of film in the language classroom. There are lesson plans, a film language glossary and film links to help both teachers and students."
I look forward to his postings--if nothing else, I like to watch the shorts. Today, I looked at his latest post and saw that this could be applied to my upper elementary crowd.
- Telling or writing a narrative
- Interpreting facial expressions
- Using prepositions to tell where the snowman went
- Comparing snowpeople
- Discussing narrative elements---characters, setting, obstacles
- If you really want to be ambitious, take a screen shot of various scenes, print them out, and have your students supply the dialogue. Use post-it notes and write the dialogue (or speech bubbles) with your students to create a short book.