Plans for November/December

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  1. Ben,
    I hear you about being cautious when using MovieTalks. I often worry about quality control when it comes to MTs. In fact, the presentations I did at NTPRS and iFLT were based on some of your concerns and feedback about using MTs.
    In my basic opinion, MTs are another way to engage students in story. Establishing meaning, Ask a story, and Read and Discuss strategies are still main components of MTs. Recently, Blaine posted a video of doing a MovieTalk activity. What is interesting about his take on it is that he loves using student actors while engaging students in the video. He bounces from character to character and inserts himself into the story as well. It is an interesting take in how I use MTs…I typically will create PQA opportunities but not the student actor part…
    I am going to email you the version of the story Blaine is doing in French. Maybe you will see some potential for using it. Also here is the link to Blaine doing the story in French.

    1. Thanks Mike for sharing this!
      Blaine does an MT exactly like he would a story! haha. The video characters are student actors, he adds parallel characters, and makes himself a parallel character. In this example he does a lot of storytelling. With this format it’s also very easy to storyask extra details from the character actors and totally customize the parallel story.
      I’m doing it this way now with my 7th and 8th graders and working beautifully. This is really TPRS with a visual – video TPRS. Another way to do it. In the past I’ve treated the video like a guided reading – trying to tell and enjoy the story and mixing in PQA. Both ways pile on the CI and the more ways we have to do something, the more novel (engaging).
      Personally, I don’t have student actors and ask stories every class, because then I think adaptation would set in. Although, I do think this creates the highest quality CI class.

  2. VPQA comment – I read through the VPQA thread today from August (I’ll admit I didn’t pay any attention to it in August) where Ben was understandably annoyed by the lack of response from the rest of us. I’ll make a point over the next few week to go the extra mile and make all of my VPQA stuff from Creative Commons so that I can share it without fear of problems, and post a link here to all of them. Maybe that will get more of us inspired to share our vPQA resources?
    It would be FANTASTIC to have that kind of “plug and play” bank of vPQA stuff on the Google Drive folder

  3. Thanks Tim. Such a lesson plan bank would save us TONS of hours of prep throughout the course of a year. Right now it’s Ruth, you, me and a few others. Send whatever you do to me. I’ll send them to our little group. I don’t remember what Ruth and I had decided about where to keep those PPTs, what their formats would be, etc. But Tim you teach Spanish right? We have mostly French and Spanish ones right now. It takes 15-20 min. to translate one of those.

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