View & Respond – #LookUp

Language Arts/Writing classes will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards today. I put together a view & respond about a viral video called, Look Up. As the year comes to an end and summer is almost upon us, I thought this video had the right kind of message. If you haven’t seen the video, below, the overall message is to get off social media and enjoy life. The students had a very deep discussion. The overall response was that this was a nice message for multiple reasons, but it won’t make a big difference. However, a good portion of students did say it would make them think before diving into social media and possibly miss out on the real world around them. I can accept that – small possible change is better than no changing at all…

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View & Respond – Texting & Driving



Today, the class worked on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about a CBS News Report: Texting and driving: New Herzog film shows consequences. The activity began with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I instructed students to read the news article via CNN 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 YouTube 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.

This is a very serious as well as relevant topic that affects a lot of individuals including myself – we’re all guilty of texting and driving to a certain degree. That being said, I think it was important to see what my classes thoughts are about the problem. Luckily, none of them are driving yet, but hopefully when they do, they will put their phones down and pay attention. I think it’s important for students to understand that it only takes one second, literally, for bad things to happen behind the wheel of a car. 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. We will be watching the entire documentary in the weeks to come via YouTubeContinue reading