Learners: All ages
Language: Deforestation related vocabulary, 2nd conditional
Skills: Creative understanding, watching 2 short videos, reading, exploring different perspectives and viewpoints, engagement with and capturing text essence, identifying actions to make a situation more fair
Materials: Paintings slides, 2 short videos, story transcript
Show students the paintings below and ask them what they have in common. Elicit that all three of them have trees.
Ask your students: How do you think these famous paintings would be if they didn’t have trees? Have students express their opinions using the 2nd conditional: If these paintings didn’t have trees I think they would be…
Tell them that Edinburgh University’s Iain Woodhouse, who maps forests using satellites, photo-shopped the trees out of these famous paintings to show the aesthetic value they have and to draw attention to the threat of global deforestation. Show them the photo-shopped paintings.
Work as a whole class and brainstorm your students around ways trees can be useful to people.
Write on the board: The Giving Tree. Tell your students that they are going to watch a video based on a book by an English author, Shel Silverstein with this title. Ask them what they think the book is about. Show the video.
Ask your students: how did the story make you feel?
Show students the slide share presentation below and ask individual students to read the text in the slides.
Hand out the video transcript and ask them to read the story again. While reading ask them to choose: a) a sentence that was meaningful to them, that they feel captures a big idea of the text b) a phrase that moved or engaged them and c) a word that captured their attention or struck them as powerful. Allow 15 minutes and get feedback. Here is an account of working on this routine in class.
The Forest from Sasha Milic on Vimeo.
(possible ideas: stricter laws for companies, recycle, buy products from recycled materials, reuse, plant trees)
I hope you find this proposal worth experimenting with.