As the season takes full swing, my Language Arts/Writing classes will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with a view & respond about being thankful for what we have as well as learn about what others don’t have. The view & respond will be about an article I read on Huffington Post, “First World Problems Read By Third World Kids.” Students will began class with a bell work prompt about what “third world” actually means because some may not know that it means a group of underdeveloped nations of the world. The prompt will also include a question, list a few things that you may complain about or take for granted… I will be passing out a news story via Huffington Post. Along with that news story, students will have questions to answer before we begin classroom discussion. That handout can be viewed [here]. The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why)… Students will be given about 5 to 7 minutes to answer the questions from the previously mentioned handout. Once students have completed the handout, I will open up the floor for discussion.
This is a very serious topic. That being said, I believe the students will handle this accordingly as my students have done in the past. I’ve said this before, and I think it’s important to see what our youth is thinking and what they have to say about it all. As I said, the holiday season is upon us. I would like to emphasize that we all have our struggles, but it could always be worse, so be thankful for how much or how little you have. 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 the news story that will be handout with guided prompts for the students.