Thursday, February 4, 2010

Discussing Adjectives

I used this video from Steve Jobs' unveiling of the new Apple iPad earlier in the week with my Communication Arts classes. The video itself was interesting because several of the kids had heard about the new iPad, but didn't know exactly what it was. I had the students watch the video and write down each adjective they heard. They quickly realized how difficult this would be because of the way the video is cut. I had them get down as many as they could and at the end we discussed words that were used often.

We choose five-six words (depending on the class) that were used the most to listen for as we watched it again. We divided up the words by table so they could concentrate on their word. Some were used more than a dozen times!
For each time the word was used the students then had to use their own ideas or a thesaurus to come up with other words that would be appropriate. They kids then shared their ideas and we crossed out ones that others had until we had some rather unique, but appropriate choices. It was a lot of fun and a lot different than our usual writing exercises.

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