Friday, October 14, 2016

Amazon Prime Ads: Good context for teaching narrative structure or problem-solution

Video versions of ads can be motivating ways to target students' understanding of narrative and expository text structures. I have recently enjoyed the series from Amazon Prime in which people solve animal-related problems. Here's one featuring an adorable little horse:

As the ads are wordless, they offer an opportunity to work on student narration and also interpretation of nonverbal information.

Westby and Culatta's recently published article "Telling Tales" offers a tutorial on assessing and intervening on narrative skills (primarily personal rather than fictional), and as you know I am a big fan of (and consultant for) Story Grammar Marker® to break down and produce narrative material. I also highly recommend Dr. Anna Vagin's books (and mailing list) for terrific information on how to use video to target narrative and social cognition skills.

Here are two more in the series of ads:


  1. Love these videos, Sean! I will definitely use these in my groups. They love any videos with animals. You could also use these to talk about thinking of others and how your actions can change the feelings of others. Dr. Anna Vagin's "YouCue Feelings" is one of my favorite resources. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks so much! Current videos, especially ones with humor and on TV so well-known, can be really motivating for adolescents. Very helpful.