In my quest to find a topic that I want to ignite the children's passion to write and share work through the school blog, I watched a very moving and interesting film over the summer called Blackfish. The documentary exposes the dreadful life of Killer Whales in captivity. Although I don't feel the film is appropriate for children to watch and have emphasised this point with them (some scenes of the whales attacking trainers etc.) The message that it portrays, however, is one I wanted to share with the class. I wanted to use a real life issue to inspire writing and this is one that the film has really brought into the public eye.
I wanted to start this topic with a 'BANG!' and create something that would grab people's attention. So I discussed with the children about creating an awareness video. I thought it would be something that would bring a lot of traffic to the blog, hence show the children the audience for their writing that would follow over the next couple of weeks. I also wanted to involve the children in this process and let them decide on how our video should look.
After the children had researched some of the effects captivity has on whales we noted them to use in our video. We discussed how to present our video to get the biggest reaction from the audience. We knew that people wouldn't let it happen to children but were happy to let it happen to these beautiful animals and that was something we wanted to bring out in the video.
We then looked at other features such as video effects and emotive music to support our message. What we hope for now is that the video is seen by as many people as possible and see our message. In turn, the children will realise the power blogging can have to share a message and give them the power to express themselves.
So please share, tweet, pin, like, link, Google+ do whatever you can to help share this message and inspire the children to write with a real purpose for a real audience.
Here is a link to our class blog - http://davyhulmeyear5.primaryblogger.co.uk please visit here to keep updated with some of the work produced by the class.
Here is our video:
The reaction has been quite stunning! Endless comments and feedback from people all over the world, showing just how powerful the internet can be as a way to share a message.
After sharing on Twitter and Facebook, I was taken aback by some of the messages we received, especially from some of the cast of the film.
@ICT_MrP You did start w/bang. Btwn school site &YouTube the kids got over 1,000+ views in <24hrs! @blackfishmovie cast have all seen video.
— Kimberly Ventre (@KimberlyVentre) September 8, 2013
Check out this wonderful video by @ICT_MrP's primary school class http://t.co/6tQVaq9NFK
— Born Free Foundation (@BFFoundation) September 9, 2013
LOVE! In response to #Blackfish, kids speak up for orcas at @SeaWorld in a sersiouly moving video. WATCH: http://t.co/Kw37PtHF1p #inspiring
— PETA (@peta) September 10, 2013
@ICT_MrP Interesting project! Thanks for your compassion to animals :-)Imagine my surprise when I then received this message from Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the director of the film Blackfish.
— PETA (@peta) September 9, 2013