We all LOVE Disney, but have you ever thought of using Disney to help students understand and write compare and contrast essay's? Writing is not the most favorable tasks of English teachers, but it is a necessity. When we think about writing, we usually think about the basic 5 types of essay’s- Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, Persuasive/Argumentative, and Compare and Contrast- written in 5 paragraphs. This can be boring for the students, as we tend to use the same topics over and over again, so the students can basically work on remote. What I am proposing is a different take on the over used, but needed, compare and contrast essay. Compare and contrast is something that we do in everyday life. We are always analyzing the best way to work a problem, finding all the pros and cons to a solutions, or just trying to determine which action is best. It does not matter what your field of expertise is, this is something that students need to master in order to be productive members of the workforce, so why not make it fun? When we open our students creative minds, thinking outside of the box, they tend to be more engaged in the class. So, in this workshop, I will explain how I use Disney Movies and their original writings to get the students to understand compare and contrast, and to get the students to think creatively about them.
Terri Beadle has been teaching English for 10 years in the US and abroad. She has taught university language classes as well as content classes in Education. She is currently teaching at Woosong University in Daejeon, South Korea. Ms. Beadle has recently started her Doctorate at the University of Illinois.