Cleaning the house on Saturday mornings, it is common place in our house to see MTV or another music channel running. Using music videos as a stimulus for writing in class has worked well previously. (see other posts)
Because of the success we have had with this, I'm always on the lookout for more music videos to add to my collection. That's when this beauty came to my attention.
how It could be used in class
Writing the music video as a story
Possible questions to put to the children to develop their thinking behind the story.
0:17 who is he? What is he thinking at this point? Where is he? What gives us clues as to his whereabouts?
0:24 What is he looking for? What is he hiding from?
0:39 "I was left to my own device" is the first lyric from the song - What could this mean in terms of the story?
1:00 stop it here and allow the children time to discuss what they think so far and share it as a class.
1:14 What might happen in the shop? What is he after that is in the shop?
1:24 Why does he look so surprised after seeing the woman?
1:26 Her eyes are all black - can the children use Alan Peat Sentences to describe her in a short paragraph?
2:30 What is he running from? Is it ok for him to take a car that obviously doesn't belong to him? (thunk)
End : where does he go to try and escape - describe the different places.
By researching Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius the children could then go on to find out about volcanoes.
Possible Writing Opportunities and resources you could use
Non - Chronological report about a particular volcano
Explanation - How a volcano erupts
Persuasion - Write a letter to the people of Pompeii telling them to move out of the are and why.
Newspaper - The eruption of Vesuvius
I hope you get to use this in class. Let me know how it goes if you do!
Share and comments are always welcome!
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.