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English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.

TedTalks: senior students’ presentations

I devised the following activity in 2014 with my senior class and since it proved a huge success among the students, I proposed it to my two senior classes who accepted it willingly so that we carried it out from February to March. Once a week three students have presented to the rest of the class a TED Talk of their choiceThis activity was meant to make them improve their competence of public speaking and their oral skills for the final exam.  By Monday 5.p.m. they were required to post the link of the chosen TedTalk video in a Google shared documentso that everybody could watch it and come to class ready to ask a question.

ASSIGNMENT: During your presentation – max. 10 minutes:

    1. Introduce and summarize the main ideas of Talk (you can use a Power Point uploaded onto Google Drive or Google slides or Prezi or Emaze)
    2. Show an excerpt (max 2 minutes)
    3. Express your personal point of view on the topic (critical sense and thinking).
  • The teacher & schoolmates will ask you questions – 5 minutes after your 10 m’ speech.

Here are the links to the TedTalks websites. If you’ve got an iPad, there’s also the App TedTalk with subtitles.http://www.ted.com/playlists/129/ted_under_20;   http://www.ted.com https://youtu.be/uAKXTZEFpgE   https://youtu.be/idjJMqKGEDI

Here’s my TEDTALK PRESENTATION RUBRIC

NOW, WRITE YOUR NAME & TITLE OF TEDTALK, paste the link of the video and of your presentation in the Padlet of your class I’ve just created. This way they’re all shareable & visible as a sort of class Portfolio for the exam. 

I must tell you that I’ve enjoyed your presentations very much and I’m very proud of you all, as I’m completely aware of the tremendous improvement you’ve made in these four years (one in the case of 5BSca) together. Even the shiest ones among you, have surprised me and the whole class, while you were talking with self-confidence and enthusiasm about something that sparked your curiosity and was, therefore, meaningful and relevant to you since not chosen by the teacher 🙂  Some topics were totally new to me and I’ve discovered new lands and learnt new things, which is what I love the most about my job. So, thank you and … keep it up 🙂

 

William Wordsworth “A worshipper of Nature”

daffodils

What does this image of a field of daffodils make you think of? Which feelings does it convey? What is Nature for you?

I’m now going to introduce you to the great romantic poet from the Lake District William Wordsworth. Since most of you who haven’t been there, I’d like to start with a video documentary showing also the places where he was born, grew up and inspired his poetry.

  1. What should poetry be inspired by?
  2. What kind of life did he lead? Watch this short video

The next video is the poem Daffodils read by the incredible actor Jeremy Irons whose “liquid” voice is stunning. In my opinion it is just a brilliant, magic and a moving example of poetry reading. As someone commented : “He could read the phone book and make it sound wonderful.” 🙂

If you wanna visit Wordsworth’s Cumbria and the places that inspired his poetry here’s a beautiful website of photography. And the 10 best photography locations of the Lake District.

While surfing the net I also found a rap version of the same poem, an attempt to make a literary classic … more contemporary so to speak.  How do you like it? Does it sound significant or like a parody to your ears? How does it make you feel? ? Be ready to discuss in class orally. 

I’m also embedding the other poem we read  “The Rainbow” MY Heart Leaps Up so that you can listen to it at home.

It’s all by now. Hope one day you’ll visit the Lake District as, if you like hiking, it’s an area you should take into consideration 😉