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Mike Birbiglia Sleep Lesson
« on: November 05, 2010, 10:19:18 am »
I find it very difficult to engage my all-male high school seniors. I have no set curriculum to follow, so I try to find topics that interest them. But for 33% or so, the most interesting topics are found behind their eyelids.

Thus, I was inspired to create a lesson around Mike Birbiglia's sleep-related stand-up. So far, it has been the least miserable lesson I have given.  :)

I wrote up transcripts with missing words to correspond with the video, so the students could follow along while the video played.
Next I taught the words that belonged in the blanks through a powerpoint presentation.
Then we reviewed those words with a Jeopardy game.
Finally I played the video again and had the students fill in the blanks. I would call on students to read individual sentences (particularly the ones that were sleeping).

Whether anyone uses the lesson or not, the stand-up is pretty funny.

Re: Mike Birbiglia Sleep Lesson
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 11:46:58 am »
I may take this idea and apply it to another video.  I know exactly what you mean about trying to motivate high school boys.  Wow it's like pulling teeth.  Thanks for this idea and I'll definitely be using it.