Common Sense Review
Updated October 2014

Ted-Ed: Literature & Language

Video lessons engage, inspire a deeper look into the language arts
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  • You can find curated content from TED, indexed by ELA strand.
  • You can also narrow your search by grade level.
  • Lessons include a video, comprehension questions, and an extension activity.
  • While creating lessons there are options for customization.
Amanda Bindel
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Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

You can use Ted-Ed's Literature & Language collection in two ways -- to search for and use great curated video content, or to easily create your own video-centric flipped lessons. The lessons on the site include a video, comprehension questions, and an extension activity that gets kids to dig deeper. Start by searching for a great video to support your curriculum, then add your own questions and extension activities. Once you've created a lesson, you can share it just with your own students or publicly on the site. Keep in mind that you, and your students, will need to set up free accounts in order to access the online lessons. However, you can access the videos anytime, without signing in, for whole-class viewing.

Standouts include the "Mysteries of Vernacular" series, which consists of dozens of two-minute videos delving into the etymology of words like venom and gorgeous. "The Punishable Perils of Plagiarism" is a must-watch before embarking on a research project. You can use longer videos like Isabel Allende's "Tales of Passion" or J.K. Rowling's "Harvard Commencement Speech" to inspire students. Videos like "Insults by Shakespeare" or "Shakespearean Dating Tips" can give your students a modern-day appreciation for the Bard. From introducing a work of literature to teaching a writing strategy or vocabulary development, these video lessons offer an endless array of possibilities.

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