What happens when you fall in love online with someone who lives on another continent? Students will do anticipation, comprehension and creative activities leading to the final task; a persuasive speech.
Suitable for: All students from 1st year – TY
Documentary length: 14 mins
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What happens when you fall in love online with someone who lives on another continent? This documentary aims to find out when it explores the highs and lows of a young couple, one from Dublin and the other from Florida, who meet online and fall in love… without having met one another. What challenges will they face and how will it be when they meet each other for the first time? The documentary explores love in the twenty-first century, the limitations of a cyber relationship and the limitless possibilities when you can step into someone’s home through an internet connection and webcam.
The thematic unit of work uses the documentary as a primary text, as is recommended in the English Specification.
Throughout the unit of work, students will be guided through activities which include:
- A fun numeracy and literacy activity when students will predict their own future using a timeline
- Create a “Fakespace” - a writing exercise to think more indepthly about their future
- A story prediction and anticipation exercise based on the title of the documentary
- “Vocab Grab” – a active-listening activity exploring the vocabulary in the text
- “Text me” – a creative post-listening activity exploring a text message conversation at a key moment in the documentary
The unit builds up to the final, summative task; planning and delivering a persuasive speech arguing for or against the motion “The internet is not a safe or healthy way to make friends”.
The summative task is preceded by scaffolding activities, followed by AfL materials including self and peers assessment activities.
Documentary description from the documentary makers:
Ciarán got himself a new phone.
On it he found a dating website. On that he found Kelly. Only problem - he's in Ireland, she's in the US.
So, not much hope of romance then?
Liam Nolan tells the story.
"Harvest", Neil Young
"New Slang", The Shins
First Broadcast in January 2012
The Curious Ear is produced by Ronan Kelly email@example.com
(A short Irish radio documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland)