The Grade 5 students explored the concept of Q and As by presenting an interview in a Talk Show we called The Row-Ellen Show. Devising questions were the focus of this task. Questions help students clarify, wonder, predict, debate, reflect and analyse so their 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 research a ‘significant media personality’ to discover the impact they have had on Australian media. Through a ‘Talk Show format’, they would interview the person to depict the person’s personality traits, their strengths/weaknesses or values upheld by their celebrities. Their Q and As would show why their person was significant in Australian media.
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.
From there, students needed to design their own questions that would help achieve the aim of their interview of a ‘significant media personality’.
Students please reflect on the following:
What are features of a successful interview?
What makes a good question?
If you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you want to ask?