|Viewing, Reading, Listening,
Note Taking and Writing Skills
can be enhanced by using mass media and the resources of Newsday.
The N.I.E. Multimedia Program will post a lesson
every Tuesday designed to improve E.L.A. skills.
Lesson #14In-service Course
Ben Amato | Newfield High School
"It's a Small World After All" is more than just a Disney song from our childhood memories. It has come to symbolize our shrinking planet, where no
issue is a local one, where concerns about life, liberty and happiness might involve global solutions. Everything is tied into everything. The answers
to our most basic questions might be hiding anywhere on our planet.
This lesson extends your reach so all corners of the world may come into your classroom to enrich and inform. There is a resource on the Internet
we have not explored until now. That is the PBS site called FRONTLINE. This television program explores issues relating to other nations and
relates how their issues have a lot in common with our concerns. Their streaming video archives reflect the best portions of their television series.
These short pieces are five to seven minutes in length and can be used as an anchor around which other activities can be arranged. There are
news articles, interviews and stories connected to each video file, so in essence they present you with a complete multimedia lesson. And that's
what I would like you to do. In the Assignment section of this lesson I want you to create a complete multimedia lesson to go along with one of the
videos they have posted there.
Documentary films offer students factual material on which to base opinions. And a few special documentaries reach into the emotional level. This
dual appeal makes their use in the classroom unique, powerful and very motivating.
There is one story on the FRONTLINE Web Site titled KYRGYZSTAN - The Kidnapped Bride. This was broadcast during March of 2004 and is now
digitally archived. The topic is shocking and provides horrifying insight into the customs of this Far Eastern country. The video is straightforward,
uncompromising and somewhat disturbing. The related material FRONTLINE provides makes the topic downright shocking. Here are statistics: one
third of all the marriages in Kyrgyzstan are the result of one family literally kidnapping a young girl and forcing her into marriage. There are
interviews and stories providing us with first-hand insights into this situation. A photo essay gives viewers a "feel" for the nation and culture. The
links page is amazing in its depth.
It would take days to explore this one issue using just the material PBS provides. Or, by selecting certain Web Site features, a short multimedia
lesson could be created that would spark the imagination and curiosity of students. Then they could take days to explore the issue fully through
individual research or group work.
The PBS FRONTLINE Web Site is the Internet treasure you will explore in the Assignment Section of this lesson. This will show you the power of
documentaries, the Internet and how your creativity can benefit your students in so many ways.