Would You Change? A Connectivist Reactive-Writing Lesson Plan (#CCK11) (#ELTchat) (#esl) (#edreform) (#education)

Sgt Thomas Baker - Age 23

Would you change? That’s the writing prompt for a reactive-writing lesson. Here, I’m using my biography, true stories taken from my life experience, to increase the likelihood of engaging my students. After all, who would have thought that the teacher had a life before becoming a teacher of English?

Writing Lesson: Would You Change?

Aim: Students will collaborate to write a reaction to a video. The first draft is their own, the second draft will be done by a classmate by exchanging drafts.

Materials: Pen, paper, YouTube video “Change” by Tracy Chapman, computer or laptop, data show

Time: Two class periods

Level: Intermediate to Upper intermediate. This lesson can be adapted for lower levels by increasing teacher scaffolding and related support. For example, a class reaction paper could be collectively written, or students divided into writing teams of 4 to 8 people…

Preamble:

Today’s writing lesson is about war. I have 1 brother and 3 sisters. Myself, my brother, and 2 of my three sisters, were all members of the United States Armed Forces. Before us, our uncles served in World War II, not in Patton’s Army, but in Uncle Sam’s Army. Today, untold members of my family, and my wife’s family, extended, continue to serve their respective countries. So, yes, there’s a family tradition that I’m a part of. A tradition of war – and peace.

What questions or comments do you have for me?

Today, you will see a short video, with excerpts from several well-known Hollywood war movies. As you watch the video, a song by Tracy Chapman, called, “Change” will play.

While you watch the video, take any notes that you wish to write down. You can also sit quietly and simply watch the video without making notes. It’s OK, you decide.

After the video is finished, write about your reactions to anything you see in the video. This is your first draft, so just write, and don’t worry about mistakes.

The last 15 minutes of class you will share your writing with a classmate.

For the second draft, you have to write and self-edit your Partner’s first draft. It will be peer-reviewed in class tomorrow.

*** End of instructions.

Instruction Check Questions (ICQ’s)

(Before viewing)

1. Will you see a short video? (Yes)

2. Do you have to write or take notes while you watch? (No)

3. After the video is finished, do you have to write your reactions to the video? (Yes)

4. Do you have to share your writing with a classmate in the last 15 minutes of class? (Yes)

5. Do you have to write a second draft of your first draft? (No, I write a second draft of my partner’s first draft).

6. Do you have to collaborate with a classmate to peer review the second draft you write? (Yes)

7. When? (tomorrow)

*** End of ICQ’s

Let’s watch the video…

If you knew that you would die today,
Saw the face of God and love,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you knew that love can break your heart
When you’re down so low you cannot fall
Would you change?
Would you change?

How bad, how good does it need to get?
How many losses? How much regret?
What chain reaction would cause an effect?
Makes you turn around,
Makes you try to explain,
Makes you forgive and forget,
Makes you change?
Makes you change?

If you knew that you would be alone,
Knowing right, being wrong,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you knew that you would find a truth
That brings up pain that can’t be soothed
Would you change?
Would you change?

How bad, how good does it need to get?
How many losses? How much regret?
What chain reaction would cause an effect?
Makes you turn around,
Makes you try to explain,
Makes you forgive and forget,
Makes you change?
Makes you change?

Are you so upright you can’t be bent?
If it comes to blows are you so sure you won’t be crawling?
If not for the good, why risk falling?
Why risk falling?

If everything you think you know,
Makes your life unbearable,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you’d broken every rule and vow,
And hard times come to bring you down,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you knew that you would die today,
If you saw the face of God and love,
Would you change?
Would you change?
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you saw the face of God and love
If you saw the face of God and love
Would you change?
Would you change?

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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