“Storytelling is what engages us, not facts and figures.”
YES! YES! YES!
This is why I encourage you, students, to add good discussion questions and your own opinions and experiences into your weekly portfolio pages.
There’s a lot to talk about in this video, including “fake news” and what we believe on the internet … the importance of citing your sources … the difference between fact and fiction. And the motivation behind video editing (or news media decisions). Is it to manipulate the audience?
And BRD students, the correct answer to “Where did you find that information?” is NOT “The internet.” Can you explain why?
Another discussion question: What do you like and dislike about nature documentaries?
I’m taking a break from posting on this Topics site for Golden Week. I’ll be back with more topics on Monday, May 8th, but there are lots of topics in the archives if you’re looking for English input.
☀️ ENJOY YOUR GOLDEN WEEK ☀️
Brain Pickings, one of my favorite places to find interesting things to read and think about, introduces a children’s book called “Friend or Foe?”
It’s an allegory with a not-so-hidden message about “otherness” — how we see people who are different, as enemies or friends. This Brain Pickings post is also a great example of how you can introduce a book to your classmates: with lots of pictures and selective quotes. Like this:
Whether or not you add a SPOILER ALERT (in this case, what the answer to the “Friend or Foe?” question is, which is NOT revealed in this post), is up to you.
Writing prompt: After reading the description of the story, what do you think the answer to the question is?
Chie Hitotsuyama is a “contemporary art trailblazer” who uses recycled newspapers to create sculptures of wild animals: monkeys, rabbits, walruses, sea turtles, iguanas, and more.
“Their exuberant expressions convey the strength needed for survival in unforgiving nature.”
Read more about the artist and her work at the Kokusai Pulp & Paper Company.
Two things today: something to make you laugh and something to make you cry.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists for 2016. Here are a few:
And here’s last year’s winner:
And a short film made as a side project by Pixar animators. Warning: it’s pretty dark. (Here’s a review from the LA Times)