Monday, May 19, 2008


The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in recent American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

Topic: Describing Video Scenes (Middle School)

Title: “Lights, Cameras, Pencils! Using Descriptive Video to Enhance Writing.” Helen Hoffner, et al. The Reading Teacher (April 2008),576-579. A publication of the International Reading Association.

Summary: Students view scenes from a video and then describe the scene in writing.

Comment: At first students will write a detailed chronology of the details of the scene. It’s only a small step to show them how to revise their description by stating a general impression at the beginning, the details that fill out that general impression and a final summarizing statement. At least, that’s how I would teach it. RayS.

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