Adding a meme creation task increases student engagement and can make something as boring as a rules lecture a little more fun.
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.
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