Friday, January 9, 2015

Activity Roundup: Shakespeare and Black-ish, Selfie Sticks, and Selma

Welcome to the winter term! Here are some short activities you can use in class.

This short clip from the show Black-ish contains a very short passage from Romeo and Juliet, and can spark conversations about Shakespeare in modern culture, his phrases we still use today, and even the idea of star-crossed lovers from world literature and mythology. I designed an activity that focuses on the vocabulary in the clip; I think students in the intermediate and advanced levels could understand both the clip and the activity.

Image by Elise Hu at NPR

All Tech Considered at NPR ran a brief opinion article on the trend of selfie sticks, and I created a reading comprehension and discussion activity to go with it. I love the new and related term narcissi-stick, so I made sure to include a question about this word.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day falls in the month of January, as does the wide release of the film Selma. In this activity, students are asked to take notes on the trailer and think about how the trailer reflects current events in the city and the country. They are also asked to scan and skim the introduction to the Wikipedia entry on the Selma to Montgomery marches; this will serve as a good fact base for those students interested in seeing the film.

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