Toward the end of the semester last year, my 6th grade ESL class was reading a short text about the sinking of the Titanic. They were truly fascinated. We had seen a lengthy documentary about finding the remains of the ship in the 1980s, and we were a few lessons in when one of them asked me, “Miss, maybe we make our own movie about it?” followed by a chorus of an enthusiastic, “Yeah!”
Lightbulb moment! Count. Me. In!
Since my international school requires all its students to use iPads, and because my eleven and twelve year old students are even more tech-savvy than I am, the logistics of directing and filming our own movie wasn’t an issue. But what about a plot? How would we figure out the casting of this movie? And what would the setting be like?
Not to fear, my students also had that covered. Playing the mere role of “facilitator,” I supervised my students as they collectively created their own script, created characters, and fine-tuned the story line.
We set up a green screen in the front of the classroom. We rehearsed. We rehearsed about a hundred times. It took a while to film, but by the end of the school year, we had our brilliant final product: The Titanic II Movie- A Murder Mystery!!! (Spoiler below)
And here it is, folks, my class of eight beloved ESL students in all their pre-teen awkwardness and adorableness!
I am sooooooo proud of my students from China, South Korea, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Brazil for putting this together. I hope that you like it!
Plot Spoiler: A group of eight friends is taking their luxury cruise ship, the Titanic II, back to New York City. Two of them include a young, enamored couple (Julio and Bella). But all is not well. When Julio rejects another girl, Victoria, at a dance that takes place on the ship, Victoria vows revenge. She will kill everyone, one by one, and not stop until Julio is finally her boyfriend! When the ship suddenly hits an iceberg and there is only one life jacket left, the love-starved murderess throws herself at Julio, only to be rejected once more by the object of her affection. Victoria drowns in the icy waters of the Atlantic, while Julio lives to tell his tale of heartbreak.