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High School - A Bucket List
« on: September 08, 2009, 07:53:52 am »
I'm doing Bucket Lists (a list of things to do before you die) with my high schoolers this week and wanted to share the lesson. The lesson is pretty simple and works well with my students. I only ask them to put five things down because I've run out of time trying to get each student speaking their list.


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009, 09:24:20 am »
An awesome idea! I've worked on my own lesson and will check yours out to see about tweaking my own. I don't doubt it will work well with my 3rd year high schoolers at all!!  :D


Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2009, 10:12:03 am »
i did this lesson with my extra class and plan to do it in some of my regular classes. when my co-teacher had to do an open class she asked for some suggestions, and this was one of the lessons i discussed. she actually liked the idea and used it in her open class.

it was quite similar though, she changed it a little bit. we showed the trailer for the 'bucket list' movie, to give them an idea about the themes, then reviewed a few key words and scenes that were shown in the sneak preview.

when we also mentioned an example of someone who kicked the bucket this year, i picked michael jackson. she expanded upon that idea a little bit and played some of the song and had students do dictation. she made a game around the song but we didn't have enough time to do it.

the other change was that instead of having every student present, in groups they picked their favourite items on the list and made a group bucket list and had them present.

most of them were positive items or funny, though a few them were a little dodgy for an open class in front of the principal. one student wrote 'i want to get drunk and out of control', while another one wrote 'i want to sleep with lots of pretty girls'. and another student wrote 'i want to steal everything in the convenience store'. haha, i was a little worried about the principal's reaction, but i guess she knows kids are kids. :p


Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 02:28:49 pm »
You might want to note that 'kick the bucket' is very informal and almost never used with friends or family or even strangers. You would never say to someone, 'I'm sorry your mom kicked the bucket.'


Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 09:46:13 am »
Great lesson!  I took some tips from one of the previous comments but instead of using music from Michael Jackson, I used John Mayer's song "Say" because the song and music video are connected with the movie.  My students seemed to enjoy it, and it got them talking.  Thanks so much for this lesson!


Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2010, 04:35:22 pm »
great idea! i showed them the clip from the movie and then grabbed the school's video camera's and rather than write out a bucket list and then tell the class, they filmed themselves doing it instead - enthusiasm levels were much higher :)


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2010, 10:37:00 am »
Nice one. I too would love to go to a Tom Waits concert!
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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2010, 10:27:02 am »
Here is my version of The Bucket List lesson:

After the greeting, I have students try to guess what "kick the bucket" means and then explain it to them.  Then I show them the trailer for the movie, "The Bucket List" and ask them to guess what that means.  Afterward, we go over some of my examples and then the rest of the class students write their own and share.  Pretty simple.


Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 01:10:06 pm »
this is a phenomenal concept ... thank you!

OP, by any chance can you send me a step-by-step guide (link) on how to embed the countdown into a powerpoint?  i've been trying to figure this out for the longest time!!!

thanks, and again, great lesson!


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011, 01:52:44 pm »
You might want to note that 'kick the bucket' is very informal and almost never used with friends or family or even strangers. You would never say to someone, 'I'm sorry your mom kicked the bucket.'

That's crap.  I use that with my friends and family.  You wouldn't say it after someone's family member died OBVIOUSLY.  But almost never, no way.  It's fine to teach that.


Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2011, 02:00:16 pm »
I used this lesson with the Simpsons' episode One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish, where Homer gets blowfish poisoning and creates a list. You can stop after each act break and ask questions and check their understanding.

I showed it after going over the Bucket List PPT and before making them write their own lists.


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2011, 12:19:59 pm »
Could you send me the link for the clip of The Bucket List? That would be FABULOUS.


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2011, 09:29:42 am »
Thanks Anthony Teacher!!!
Your Bucket List PowerPoint is a much more entertaining version, should keep student attention better. But thanks for the idea (original poster of it).

And anyone know how long this lesson is? It seems short, like half hour tops.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2011, 10:22:22 am by wazure »


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Where is the Simpsons Clip?
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2011, 10:41:36 am »
Hi EricDerKonig, where did you download the Simpson's Season 2, Episode 11 from? Youtube does not have the full episode and couldn't find it on Isohunt.

It's a great idea to add that video to the Bucket List lecture, if you know where I can find it, much appreciated.


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2011, 09:31:43 am »
Maybe search around on this website: http://qtv.freechal.com/ A wonderful person found the simpsons valentines day episode on here the other day. You may need to type a bit of korean tho


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2011, 02:33:03 pm »
I am searching, searching, searching for this simpson episode - would love to find it with subtitles if anyone knows......??  would love to try this lesson too...

 One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish,


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2011, 07:52:06 am »
Guess I'll be using this with my open class!  If the materials work well, I'll try to follow up and post them on here afterwards.  Oy, these things are so nerve-wracking.  On my bucket list: survive open class.

I like the idea of using the song "Say" instead of (or in addition to) just the movie trailer.  It seems like my students respond better to songs, and this one's hardly a complicated one. ;)  Probably it'll be a good idea to explain to students beforehand what they're seeing though!


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2011, 03:26:41 pm »
I am currently doing this lesson with my students and am showing MTV's the Buried Life.


Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2011, 12:30:50 pm »
I just did a similar lesson with a group of really strong high school students.  Here's what I used. 
Note: it includes a TED talk with Korean subtitles from Ric Elias who was in the plane that crashed into the Hudson River in 2008.  It helped to set the tone...


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Re: High School - A Bucket List
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2011, 03:10:17 pm »
Sweet idea. I love simple lessons like this, and with an all-boys high school, I'm thinking it'll work quite well.  And Tom Waits Concert!!! Top o' the list for me!