I have never watched Game of Thrones, but reading Facebook as I do and listening to the students, I thought it might be good to use the article. I read the learning outcomes in the teaching resources (download below the cut) and just tweaked them slightly for my group.
We watched a couple of very brief clips of Game of Thrones, we also watched a brief excerpt from The Kid with Charlie Chaplin in, then the final piece from El Orfanato, with Geraldine Chaplin playing the role of the medium. They had seen El Orfanato last year so they immediately recognised Geraldine.
Their first challenge was to discuss in small groups the importance of having famous parents/family, i.e. a famous family name. Some interesting Spanish phrases appeared which gave them the confidence to take this to the next level that was finding the five things in the texts that influenced Oona’s identity.
Their next challenge was to find the tenses, discuss why these tenses had been used. Why was there a subjunctive here and there, why was there an imperfect sat in the middle of a sentence, that type of thing.
Their final challenge was to describe the meaning of direct and indirect speech and how subject pronouns and therefore verbs, changed.
To consolidate their learning, one group had to change a direct speech quote into indirect and the other group had to say what it would have been in its original state.
The lesson was observed as challenging, with a buzz and was graded outstanding. Outstanding progress was made very quickly and all students made progress. It was all student led with the teacher facilitating the learning.
At the end of any lesson I always reflect on what went well and one of the main things I reflect on is: who worked hardest in that lesson? I always aim to ensure that students work much harder than I do. When questioned about this by the observers, the students all said in union, “we ALWAYS work harder than Mrs Fleet!”
Can you recall a particularly challenging task that your students completed? We would love to hear about it.