Have you ever seen Jimmy Fallon's Late Night skit called "Dramatic Readings of Bad Yelp Reviews"? I saw a clip in my Facebook feed the other day and it got me thinking...what if students wrote Yelp reviews of their teachers? Are you brave enough to solicit that kind of feedback?
Teaching with short films is a great way to engage struggling readers and English language learners. Using a short film as a text is a scaffold that enables struggling students to actively participate in discussions with peers about literary terms, without the barrier of their difficulty comprehending complex text and/or language. I also find that using short films to introduce a literary device helps students to recognize and understand it more easily when they encounter it in a text.
I am a lifelong learner and have had the privilege of also being called a teacher for eighteen years.
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