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I heart youtube! My top 5 videos.

17 Jul

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I know blogging about youtube is probably considered very old-fashioned, considering it has been around for like forever, but I am currently having a laptop clear out and just realised that I have over 100 youtube videos saved in my favourites! As I’m blogging from a laptop that I use mainly for planning my lessons, most of these are resources I’ve used in the classroom. Unfortunately, I have to hand said laptop back and thus have to delete all my favourites. In honor of this,  here are 5 videos that have made my teaching life so much easier!!

1.  Let Him Have It, Part 6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn3kMob2lqQ&feature=related

This is one of my favourite films ever. I originally watched it to help with a lesson but it really endeared itself to me. It is such a tragic tale that really gets you thinking. I have used lots of times to discuss the death penalty and it’s provoked some pretty fierce debate! Also shows how the english language can be misinterpreted in different ways.

2.  Onomotopeia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-BVwwKTjlI

A cute little video to help onomatopoeia stay in pupils heads.

3. A disturbing and disgusting take on the original Sandman story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjgHbRrnjhU

This cartoon  (the sandman is pictured above) is very engaging and definitely for older pupils (unless you want to give the younger one nightmares!) Great for discussing genre, textual interpretations and I imagine it could lead to some fantastic creative writing.

4. Skydiving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW6VDOd-zKk

Man decides to film himself jumping out of a plane. Cue an utterly engaging video that pupils love. Fantastic way to discuss the senses and can lead to a piece of descriptive writing.

5. Last but not least: Dragon’s Den http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzcQtXA5Gc8

I absolutely love this show. I think it’s amazing. It’s also great for looking at how to deliver a persuasive speech. There are also some very funny ones on how not to deliver one too!

That’s it, until tomorrow where as usually I’ll present my Sunday sonnet! Happy watching!

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

27 Jun

I’m going a little of topic here, but as it’s a Sunday night I though I’d indulge myself and post my favourite sonnet from Mr William Shakespeare.  It’s not totally irrelevant as in the UK, this sonnet appears on several GCSE exam boards. Here we go…..

SONNET 130

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
 As any she belied with false compare.

 

Ah, it’s just gorgeous! I know a lot of people struggle with the language but I actually think this is one of Shakespeare’s more simplier sonnets. My favourite part is “my mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.” It totally wins the war against those long, Petrarchan sonnets which just build up an ideal woman who doesn’t exsist.

Shakespeare: yay or nay? Thoughts please!

Writing Checklist

26 Jun

Continuing on the writing theme…… I think the main problem today is pupils knowing exactly what things to include in a piece of writing but writing their ideas down so quickly that they forget to actually check their work!  Like I said on my last post, writing at home and at school is so important. With that in mind, I’ve created a writing checklist that aims to get pupils to take a breather and just stop and check their work. This really can make all the difference when pupils are using some fantastic vocabularly but have just forgotten to use full stops. It also means pupils get to tick things off as they go along, meaning they can see where their writing is going.

Attached file below (hopefully), it’s a word document!

writing toolbox

Another picture to get you thinking!

24 Jun

How did this statue get built into the wall?  Answers on a postcard…or comment below!

What is that weird thing staring down at me?

24 Jun

I’ve just added a picture to my blog. This is a picture I took when I was stranded in Thailand due to the volcanic ash! I absolutely love the statue, there are so many ways to interpret it, and that leads to my next point……..Creative Writing.

I think using a visual a stimulus or a short youtube clip is a really fab way to get pupils engaged in writing. It’s something that parents can easily do at home with their children. Kids need to write, they need to sometimes write purely for pleasure and see where their ideas can take them! I’ve added some images that can take writing in all sorts of directions! Creativity is key!

Imagine you're stuck in this traffic!

Describe this scene.