Monday, February 14, 2011

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

The Academy Awards will take place on February 27.  Turner Classic Movies' 31 Days of Oscar website (featured on the Favourite Website Awards list) is an interesting resource to explore with a group of upper elementary, teens or adults.  The site is meant to draw viewers to the broadcast schedule, but there's plenty to do on the site itself. Text descriptions and video clips accompany each movie in the schedule (sometimes a clip, sometimes a trailer), and movies are all organized into interesting categories, such as "It Takes Two," all films about duos, etc.  These categorizations, along with the text pieces and clips, provide a good context to explore summarizing, text structure and inferential skills, as students will not have seen the films and can try to infer what they are about!

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