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Teaching TV: Television as a Story Teller

By Elizabeth Verrall, MediaSmarts Last updated 2024/05/27


The “Teaching TV: Television as a Story Teller” lesson, within Elizabeth Verrall’s comprehensive five-part unit, equips teachers with creative strategies for TV education in elementary classrooms. This lesson guides students in exploring television’s role as a narrative medium. Key learning outcomes encompass understanding how media products convey stories, recognizing elements like characters, mood, setting, and plot in media narratives, skillfully retelling stories through varied media, appreciating diverse storytelling methods, identifying television stories, contrasting TV narratives with other formats, and constructing storyboards. By achieving these objectives, the lesson promotes media literacy, nurtures narrative analysis, and enhances creative skills. Moreover, it supports students in discerning storytelling techniques while fostering a deep appreciation for the versatile ways narratives are communicated through television and other mediums.

Curriculum Connection

A1. Transferable Skills A2. Digital Media Literacy C1. Knowledge about Texts C3. Critical Thinking in Literacy D2. Creating Texts D3. Publishing, Presenting, and Reflecting
The "Teaching TV: Television as a Story Teller" lesson blends well with the Ontario Language Curriculum. It links with learning to communicate in different situations (A1.1) and understanding how media works (A2.4). It also ties into being creative and solving problems (A2.6), recognizing writing styles (C1.5), and understanding different points of view in texts (C3.5). The lesson helps in creating different types of texts (D2.1), finding the main viewpoint in a text (D2.4), and presenting work well (D3.2).
Grade(s): 1 2 3 4 5 6
Topic(s): ComprehensionMultimodal Literacy

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