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Tell Me Your Story: Video-Inspired Vocabulary Writing

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Tell Me Your Story: Video-Inspired Vocabulary Writing

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Recurring 30–45 minute sessions
Lesson Author

Elizabeth Potash


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • A projector, interactive whiteboard, or class set of tablet devices or laptops

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  1. Preview the video clip you want to show from among the options of Sand Painting, Food Court Choir, Piano Solo, and Marching Band in the Field, and have it bookmarked for use in the classroom. Check to be sure that the comments posted below the video are not inappropriate since they may show up on your projector.

  2. Introduce your current vocabulary lesson, whether related to reading content, SAT preparation, or a grade-level vocabulary book.

  3. Make copies for each student of the Creative Writing Prompt associated with the video you plan to show.

  4. Make copies for each student of the Peer Analysis Guide handout.

  5. Remind students to bring their vocabulary lists or books with them to class.

  6. Review the Grading Rubric.

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