In the spirit of the holiday season being upon us, I decided to do a view and respond about Black Friday. In case you’re unaware of what Black Friday exactly is, please read the following snippet: “Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.” We began the class with a bell work prompt, “What do you know about Black Friday? Will you participate this year? Why or why not?” Most students knew what I was referring to, and they gave very candid responses. Most said they wouldn’t because they don’t see the point, or that perhaps their parents would but weren’t sure. The goal behind this particular bell work prompt, as it is for every bell work prompt, was to get them talking and involved in the classroom objective for the day. The objective, 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.
There are two video clips, below, that we viewed as a part of this activity. The first video was of a news clip that gave the students more details about Black Friday in general. The second clip was for informational as well as entertainment purposes. Black Friday Disasters Supercut ran for about 5:28 seconds, and the students faces dropped in astonishment. They asked if this was real, and I assured them that it was. The students also participated by filling out a handout [here] that kept them actively watching the clips by having them write down the 5W’s as they watched as well as listened. Again, 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 hoped 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. Another goal was to get students talking about appropriate behavior when in public as the shopping season gets into full swing…