Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Shaun the Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind

Shaun the Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind
(HIT Entertainment) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library

Mark Overmeyer, in his book When Writing Workshop Isn't Working (one of the best books on writing you will ever read!), suggests using videos to encourage reluctant writers to start writing. I listened to Mark and have had success using video segments to jump start reluctant writers in my classroom. One character, whose comic adventures would be great for teaching writing, is Shaun the Sheep. Each episode is about 6-7 minutes long. If you are teaching narrative, one lesson would be to stop an episode about 3 minutes in and ask students to write what happens in the second half.
Another activity would be to view an episode and then write a news article based on the episode. Or you could just watch the show and laugh quite a bit. In honor of the FIFA World Cup, see the video below:

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