Jim Tripp on Screen Shots in MT

I did a bit of editing of a comment made by Jim on MT today, so we can have it here for easy reference via the search bar. It’s clear and good advice:
“Starting with still images (screen shots) of a MovieTalk clip is one option, and is recommended for those who are still new to TPRS. We could describe this as doing PictureTalk before the MovieTalk. Take a few screenshots (e.g. in a video about Christmas a child leaving his bedroom, being surprised, the parents putting the presents under the tree, the parents being surprised, etc.). Talk about these pictures using your Circling skills (i.e. asking various types of questions, yes/no, either/or, What/Who/Where/How Many). Then when you get to the actual MovieTalk video clip, you’ll get renewed energy from the kids and you’ll know better where to stop and discuss with kids about what’s happening in the video. If something happens but it likely will take extra effort to establish its meaning and might detract from the momentum/flow of the discussion, it is best to let it go by with no discussion, or to think about how to say it in words they understand.”



4 thoughts on “Jim Tripp on Screen Shots in MT”

  1. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    Yes!! Well said! And that’s part of the beauty of MT: we can circumlocute, omit, insert – control the language any which way, all while staying on the tracks with the compelling visual.

  2. I prefer to start with stills from a film as well before doing Movie Talk. The kids get less frustrated with all the pauses! One thing I try to do, though, to keep it fresh is to stop the story at a place that creates suspense. That way, the video feels like less of a re-hash because they’re waiting to see what happens. I’ve also used dictation and short readings to front-load target structures for a Movie Talk. It has the same effect as an embedded reading, with each classroom activity adding on to the last one, but with more novelty from the differences in input strategies.

  3. I also can attest to the power of using a short film along with stills in a powerpoint. I used the one created and posted by Diane N some time ago, about the short film “Runaway” about a boy and his refrigerator (great overlap with Anne Matava’s refrigerator story from vol 1 of story scripts!).
    If your computer does screen capture (shift, command 4 on a mac), then you can just drag those into a PPT. Not only can you project this, but you can also print it with say 6-9 images per page for a guided writing/speaking activity, much like Keith Toda describes here:

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