Symbols, Signs and Slides
Whether or not you are an educator, viewing the two videos below will be worth your while. Sit back and enjoy the symbolism within our daily lives. . . .
Here is an assignment I recently shared with my two accelerated freshman English classes. We have a rigorous curriculum to follow in the classroom yet I wanted to give the students opportunity to express their more creative sides. I came up with this to supplement our study and analysis of symbolism. Aside from the period during which we watched and discussed “Words”, this is a project they had to complete solely at home on their own. The student sample below is just one example of how well they ran with this!
In conjunction with our study of “The Scarlet Ibis” and symbolism, watch this video from NPR’s Radiolab to help illustrate how images are contextual. You will complete an assignment afterwards, but first I just want you to watch and enjoy it:
Now search for the word semiotics and define it. Watch the video again with that definition in mind. As you watch, write down all of the words presented through the images and sound in the video. We will discuss how the varied definitions of these words match the context within which they are shown.
For the end result, you are going to create your own video. You will need to decide on eight words of your choosing. Four of the eight words must be from our most recent vocabulary list. You must find at least two different meanings for each word and at least one image to represent each meaning.
Use PhotoPeach, MovieMaker or another program of your choice. In addition to production of your slideshow, provide a “key” that highlights which words you used along with an explanation of the word definitions. Happy producing!!!
Click here to watch: Student Sample
STUDENT’S ANSWER KEY: