Teens enjoy performing, often using the family video camera; thus, a short video project might be a perfect way to add something to an essay or other assignment. A video project for school could also be used as show and tell, so students get a chance to show off something they enjoy and be funny while, for example, pretending to be working in a profession they aspire to do one day.
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Assign your students a project to create a news-broadcast video that delivers a report on a particular subject that they are studying. Allow students to dress up as news broadcasters. Create a set where your news anchor can deliver his report. Alternatively, have a student interview an individual with knowledge on a topic. For a group project, one student can be the reporter, another two can play anchors, while a fourth can be the person being interviewed. This will require writing a script.
Funny Monologue or Sitcom
Another funny approach to a video is for a student to record a funny monologue or other act that will make his peers laugh. For a group project, students might shoot a sitcom-style video of parents. Remember that much video-editing software may be beyond the comprehension of middle school students, so although they can help determine what to keep in and what to cut, they may need help with the technical process of editing their video and then saving it in a format ready to show in class or at another school event.
One funny way to approach a subject that students are learning about is to create a music video with lyrics that speak to that topic in a humorous way. Use a video camera to record students performing songs about topics that relate to what they are studying -- or, in a broader sense, about what it's like to be a teenager. Your class can vote on videos, with the winner getting a special prize.
Have the students create a mock documentary in which they examine a particular subject in depth. For example, they could do a humorous documentary on common school myths, such the contents of the cafeteria's mystery-meat meat loaf or what teachers do with their time off. Of course, both of these would require the permission (and good humour) of the staff members profiled.
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