The students began the unit by practicing the skill of drawing inferences. Mr. Miller stated that this was an area in literacy that they needed support in. Ms. Wyatt (music teacher) and Mr. Ziyad (CAPE teaching artist) constructed a lesson in which students would act out the inferences they drew from the picture in a story. As they viewed the picture, the students were encouraged to think about all the emotions and actions needed to bring the picture to life. I really admired how the students not only had fun, but also had to plan how they were going to present the picture given to them.
Another part of the lesson involved students drawing conclusions from the same film clip with three different soundtracks. It appeared to me that the students were visibly moved by how the soundtrack can influence their perception of the film scene. They were asked to journal their responses to this lesson as well.
Click this link to watch a video of Students drawing inferences from a story’s picture.
Question: What kind inferences can you draw from the same film clip using three different soundtracks?
Student answer from journal:
Clip #1 = Sad and in despiration
Clip #2 = It sounds like someone trying to sneak up and kill someone.
Clip #3 = It sounds like a [sic] agent undercover or a superhero.