Lesson idea: Introducing light and shadow

Here’s a video-based intro for the topic of light and shadow (YLs). You may have seen this activity type on ELT Planning before:

Introducing recipes

Introducing viral videos

This is just the starter activity (feel free to adapt). It can be a springboard to further discussion, inquiry, etc.

Hope it’s useful 🙂

Feature image: Mocomi video screenshot


  1. What made you put in the third column (“How interesting was it?”)?

    I’m only asking because in my materials (aimed at under- and postgraduate students) I’ve been making a lot of use of personal responses and evaluations to content in lieu of other kinds of rating or more controlled responses.


    1. Since reading Tomlinson’s work I’ve taken to adding lots more opportunities for personal response. I feel like it just gives more opportunities for engagement, discussion and prior knowledge assessment. Like, in this simple activity, you find students put 2/3 stars and then in discussion they might say ‘it wasn’t that interesting coz I already knew that XYZ’. So, subtle diagnostic. Plus just shared interest, chance to speak and add process language, etc

      But that’s just me – it’s not foolproof and might not be of value in other contexts. I mean, that personal response if you want it could be any number of things:
      Someone else I think might like this vid
      Rating on how much I learnt from the vid
      Rating about how much this connects to another topic we’ve learnt.

      Room to tweak.


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