Saturday, May 22, 2010

Another idea for creatively increasing writing

I came across a Tweet today from @sali2go2 and @jenverschoor. It mentioned the 60 Best Movie Poster of All Time. This is a great resource and could be used in the classroom for a variety of writing assignments. For example, every Friday you could show one of these posters (try to showcase one of a movie that students most likely have NOT seen). Have them write ANY of the following:

1. Predict what this movie might be about.
2. Write a trailer for this movie.
3. Develop a cast of alternate characters for this movie.
4. What songs might be on the soundtrack?
5. Predict what the tone of this movie would be, the category (romantic, comedy, drama)...
6. Mention a vocabulary word from our list or a spelling word to help your description.
7. Mention what literary device you might see in this movie (conflict, personification, etc)
8. Write any of these things practicing what we covered grammatically this week. For example, use so many linking verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc....


Then, if possible, find a clip from that movie poster. You could find it off YouTube most likely. Have the students check their writings and see how close their predictions were.....

Just another thought...I think I might need professional help! Are there support groups out there for English enthusiasts??? :)

3 comments:

  1. I love it! Great idea and fun way to practice those English skills! You don't need a support group, you just need to surround yourself more with PLN who "get it". :)

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  2. I am really impressed by the power of Twitter. I would have never believed my tweet could be so useful.
    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful ideas!!!

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