Video of the Week: "Selling Pineapple Ice Cream"

This week’s video of the week comes compliments of Lisa DeLapo, who shared it a few weeks ago at the kick-off of #MERIT19.

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Here’s what we’ll be discussing:

  • List all of the ways that the little girl learns by example. Do you think learning by example is the most effective way to learn?

  • How can parents teach their children to solve their own problems rather than solving them for them?

  • What do you think this commercial is for? Why?

  • At the end, the commercial states, “Family inspires infinite possibilities for learning.” Do you agree with this statement?

Video of the Week: "What Nike Told Me When I Wanted to Have a Baby | NYT Opinion"

The New York Times is now making opinion pieces into YouTube videos. Take a look at this one published yesterday:

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  • In what ways does this ad reference previous Nike ads? What effect does that have on the argument and on your viewing of it?

  • Does Alysia Montano convince you of her argument? What parts of this ad influenced you?

  • At the end of the video, it says that Nike has claimed it has changed its approach. Do you think that’s true? How does that affect the publishing of this ad?

  • What do you think about The New York Times spending time/energy/money on this type of media?

Video of the Week: "The Perfect Resume"

This ad came on TV when I was sitting in the airport last week and stopped me in my tracks for its honest reality. Take a look:

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After watching it a few more times since then, I’ve been thinking about the following questions:

  • What assumptions did you make about the character in this story despite the fact that she never talks? What do you think created those assumptions?

  • How would this ad be different if it were a man playing the role rather than a woman? Why do you think Monster made that choice?

  • Monster creates great credibility for themselves by acknowledging the problem that many have felt. In doing so, they also tell the audience they are the solution to this problem without explaining how they solve it. Do you believe they’re the solution? What do you think about this advertising strategy?

  • In rhetoric, pathos is using the audience’s emotions to win them over to your argument. How did this ad do that for you?

Video of the Week: "'Places' by Shane Koyczan"

I love spoken word’s power in calling for social change. Check out this new video from Shane Koyczan on homelessness:

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Here’s what I’m thinking about:

  • At the beginning of the poem, Koyczan calls out our disdain for the places we have. Do you have the attitude he shared to school/work? Explain.

  • What’s your gut response when you see a person who is homeless?

  • How can we create places for those struggling with homelessness?

  • What are some of the ways Koyczan cites as causes of homelessness?

  • Koyczan expresses that “Diversion has taken the place of focus.” Do you see this as being true in yourself? in others? How should we respond to this pull?

Video of the Week: "36,000 Kids You Don’t Want to Mess With | Short Film Showcase"

Kids are cool. Look at what they can do:

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Here’s what we’ll be discussing in my classroom:

  • What adjectives would you use to describe this performance?

  • What do you notice is different between you and the kids at this school? What is the same?

  • How are both the individual & the team important here?

  • Would you be willing to put in the hours necessary to become this proficient in something? Why or why not? What would that thing be?