Get to the HEART of Reading with Video and Music
Learn how to teach students that they’re great with making inferences through commercials, and that their favorite music sometimes contains short stories and figurative language.
“Perhaps the most significant survey finding that supports the value of these multimedia tools is the direct relationship between frequency of use and perceived student achievement and motivation. Among frequent users (teachers who report using TV or video for two or more hours per week), two-thirds find that students learn more when TV or video is used, and close to 70% find that student motivation increases. More than half of frequent users also find that students use new vocabulary as a result of video use,” according to Emily Cruse, M.Ed., Curriculum Director, Library Video Company.
Educators will engage in viewing advertising and music videos that feature specific reading skills, literary elements, and figurative language. They will fill a graphic organizer and/or create a graphical representation of the material, and discuss the application of video in reading classrooms, particularly in communities where Internet access is limited.
Note: These short videos can serve as a fun way to introduce students to the following skills at the beginning of the year, or review skills at the end of the year.
Are your students struggling with the concept of making inferences in their reading? Show your students that they already know how to make inferences with these videos! To those of us who love reading, making inferences from text seems easy enough.
Need to teach or review short story elements, but you’re running out of time? These songs feature the characters, plot, conflict and themes inherit in short stories, and can be studied in one class session. You can often find figurative language in the songs, as well.
In the next few weeks, I will be starting a poetry unit with my students. Naturally, we’ll discuss rhythm and rhyme as we study various 6th and 7th grade level poems. That said, it’s always a good idea to start out where students are – I had never heard this song until my daughter shared it with the family last night at the dinner table.
in other words, listen to commercial jingles and evaluate how the rhyme, rhythm and other figurative language have helped businesses market their products and services. Sounds like fun, right? Your students will think so when you whip these out on your SMART Board!