Thursday, September 21, 2006

Techno wiz TV fun

The theme this week in my First Year Comp class is television. Tomorrow is computer lab day, and I devised the following lesson. Again, all this is available on my webboard at:

Watch this clip from the movie "Network" (more about this movie at

This movie was made more than 30 years ago. What parts of the message in this clip, if any, remain true? What do you agree with? Why? What do you disagree with? Why? Paraphrase specific statements and explain their significance. Post your response as a reply to this post.

Go to or your favorite search engine and do a search of your favorite current or past television show. Find a fan site that has a discussion board and post a comment on any topic that interests you. Reply to this post and put a link to the discussion board. Paste your comments below the link.

After doing this, answer the following questions:

Why did you choose to comment on this television show?

If this is your favorite show, what about it appeals to you and how faithful a viewer are you? For example, do you own any seasons on DVD? Do you Tivo or tape it if you can't be there to watch it?

What new things did you learn from this site? If you wish, cut and paste the new facts you learned, but be sure to use quotations and a link to the page.

What is the most surprising fact you learned from this site about the television show, and why is it so surprising?

Do you think you will come back to this fan site again? Explain why or why not?

What do you think of fan sites in general? What features of this site were most helpful to you?

The Douglas Hall computer lab where this lesson will take place has a projection monitor. I will show the clip from "Network" (about four minutes long) and have them do the freewrite prompt. Then they will work on their own finding the fan sites and commenting. My only concern is time management. Is it too much or too little to ask of them in a 50-minute class?

I'll post my answers to the questions (I believe a teacher should participate as much as possible in the work they assign) and give a report on how it went...

Goldangit, lesson planning can be such fun.

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