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The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class

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A fun writing lesson for English Language Learners is showing videos or images of animals and asking them to write down what they think they believe the animal might be thinking. I’ve written a number of posts related to these kinds of lessons and variations on it (having paintings or parts of the earth talk) and thought I’d bring them, and additional resources, all together in one “Best” list (feel free to contribute your own ideas!):

Video Challenge For Students: What Is This Lion Thinking?

“What Is This Animal Thinking or Saying (If It Could Talk)?” Is A Fun Language Development Exercise

What Would This Animal Be Saying And/Or Thinking?

What Are People In This Painting Thinking?

I share similar ideas in my New York Times post headlined Teaching and Learning About Animals.

Nature Is Speaking is an amazing series of videos where celebrities give voice to parts of nature that are being threatened, including the ocean, coral reefs, etc. The could be good models for a more serious use of this instructional strategy.

There is a YouTube channel by Chris Cohen that he calls Animal Translations, where he puts his voice to animal thoughts. The accent is a bit thick, so it might be difficult for ELLs to hear everything, but they’d certainly get the idea. Then, students could create their own internal dialogue they could perform while the video was shown on a screen without sound.

Here the two samples:

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are great. They’re perfect for this list.

Video Of Seth Rogen Giving Voice To Produce Inappropriate For Class, But Is A Great Lesson Idea For ELLs

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are great.

Here’s a good video to use for this activity:

I’m adding this post to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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