Language Objective: Students will brainstorm and develop topic ideas and guiding questions for video blogs.
1.) Bell Work: Independent Reading
2.) Reading Journal: Write on anything that stood out to you in your reading. This could involve characters, plot, the opening of your book, dialogue, questions you have while reading...
3.) In addition to regular written blogs, video blogs or "vlogs" become increasingly popular for informational purposes. Here are two examples by John Green who is publishing the vlog series "Vlogbrothers" with his brother Hank.
"Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?"
"The American Dream"
4.) Based on these examples, you are going to create your own vlog about a topic you think people should know more about or a (world) problem that needs to be explained/people should be aware of.
Find the assignment and a schedule for research and due dates here.
5.) To generate some topic ideas, write down 10 things you think people should know more about.
6.) Now, write down 10 (world) problems that we need to solve/be aware of.
7.) Find a partner (groups can be between 1 and 3 people, 3 is the absolute maximum) to work on this project with. Together, brainstorm what your topic for your vlog (and subsequent writing project) is going to be and come up with 10 questions that should be answered about this topic within your blog.
8.) At the end of the period, read The Wall Street Journal (get a copy in Ms. Floch's room) for 10 minutes.
9.) On the same paper that your bell work is on, write about the differences you noticed between informational writing and any other kind of writing. How is newswriting in particular different from any other writing in an English class?
- Turn in Reading Journal
- Turn in Exit Slip
- Determine a topic for your vlog