View & Respond – The Weight of the Nation (HBO)


Today, the class worked on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about the HBO Documentary – The Weight of the Nation. The activity began with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I instructed students to read the news article to give the background to the to the story. Students were prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of Media clip. Once the clip was complete, I gave students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing to help guide the discussion. I then opened the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions. I chose to watch Part 3, Children in Crisis, because it appeared to be the most age appropriate as well as relevant to this age group of students.

This is a very serious topic that affects a lot of individuals. That being said, I think it was important to see what my classes thought about the weight problem, perception or reality, that we have in this country. I think it’s important for students to understand that you can eat tasty food without overdoing it as well as the importance of exercising. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout.

1 thought on “View & Respond – The Weight of the Nation (HBO)

  1. This kind of “double duty” in lesson planning is really brilliant. It creates a situation where what would otherwise be “null curriculum” becomes useful and helpful. Students practice the core standards about something meaningful. Bravo!

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