The Grade 5 students have been using Media to explore the concept of questioning. Questions help students clarify, wonder, predict, debate, reflect and analyse so there learning has greater meaning, purpose and understanding. By creating their own thought provoking questions, students are learning to build better skills in holding conversations, developing deeper thinking and engaging in reflection.
The Row-Ellen Show required students to look deeper into the personalities of fictional characters we all know through books or animated movies. In groups, students chose characters to focus on. Through ‘interviews’, they would would use Media to show more about the personality traits, the strengths/weaknesses or values upheld by their chosen characters.
We started by observing Ellen from The Ellen Show conduct interviews with familiar personalities. We looked at her questioning style, the purpose of her questions and the characteristics that made her successful at interviewing. We analysed question types such as, open, closed, rhetorical, recall, and funnelling questions.
The students were then required to develop a purpose for an interview with a certain character. Students said things such as:
- to find out if Willy Wonka would be happy to start a ‘healthy foods’ factory’
- to find out if there is anything that would make superman cry
- to find out how team work made a difference to Scooby Doo and the gang.
- To find out suggestions Batman has to solving conflict, other than fighting
- To find out what advise Cinderella would give to others feeling bullied
- to find out when Captain America found mental strength was more important than physical strength.
- To find out what friendship meant to Harry Potter through the challenges he faced.
From there, students needed to design questions that would help achieve the aim of their interview and would suit their interview goals.
Students please reflect on the following:
What do you think makes a successful interview?
Why is it important to design your questions for an interview?
Explain some question types you are familiar with.
Why would you say Ellen is a successful interviewer?