AVADIN – Day 8 – So this is how they took the Hobbits to Isengard

Video is a great way to find a provocation for different writing forms. Instructional writing is one form that can be staid and dry. I know that I am more engaged when there is an element of entertainment to it. Like this “How to Pet a Kitty” from theoatmeal.com. Some airlines have been doing the same thing with their safety video. Witness Air New Zealand:


They take something that people normally tune out, and breathe life into it. Students can take these ideas and run with them.

Lesson Ideas:

  1. Procedural Writing
  2. Informational Writing
  3. Examining Parody
  4. Speaking/writing in voice

Oh, wait, they ARE taking the hobbits to Isengard! (Be warned, this is very earwormy!)

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