Using the movie “Crash” to help students practice for EL Civics Assessments on Emergencies: Task 1: Role Play and Task 2: Written Police Report Objectives: Identify the crime or emergency Make a telephone call to appropriate number (911 or 777-3333) Report the crime Describe what happened Describe the suspect (race, sex, hair color, height, weight, clothing) Level: Beginning Low (could be adapted for any level) Skill: Listening, Speaking, and Writing General Overview: “Crash” is a movie that gives students an opportunity to view scenes of emergencies (car accident) and crimes (shooting, carjacking). Because this is a movie about race, many different races are represented and this gives students a chance to identify different races. I use the film after I have spent considerable time teaching: the vocabulary needed to report a crime words to describe the criminal (race, sex, height, hair color, weight, clothing) role-playing calling the police to report a crime or emergency Teacher Before class, watch the movie “Crash” and choose emergency scenes: Chapter 1: Car accident (The movie starts with this scene. Two people have just had an accident and are asked by the police to remain in their vehicle. The driver gets out and starts arguing with the other driver that ran into her.) “Dead kid” (The car accident takes place at the scene of another crime, which happens later on in the movie – most of the movie is about what leads up to this crime and the car accident.) Chapter 2: Carjacking (elapsed time 9:44) Chapter 3: Shooting (elapsed time 10:28) Chapter 9: Burglary (elapsed time 41:35) Chapter 11: Illegal Drugs (elapsed time 50:22) Lesson Plan: Introduction: Tell students that they are going to watch a movie with emergencies and crimes. Write on the board: o What’s the emergency or crime? o Do you call 911? Presentation: Watch the movie and pause after the first scene of car accident to solicit answers from students. Ask the students: Do you call 911? Ask the same question after each crime/emergency scene. Practice: Role play reporting the crime to the police after each crime scene in the movie. The teacher takes the role of the Police Dispatcher and students respond appropriately based on the scene in the movie that they just witnessed: If students have trouble responding, play the scene again. Police Dispatcher/Teacher: Oakland Police Department. How can I help you? Students: I’d like to report an accident. Police Dispatcher/Teacher (direct this question to one student): OK. I need some information about you. What is your name? Student: ___________________ Police Dispatcher/Teacher (direct this question to one student): What is your address? Student: _______________________ Police Dispatcher/Teacher (direct this question to one student): What is your phone number? Student: _________________________ Police Dispatcher/Teacher: Now please tell me what happened? Students: ________________________________ Practice: Students can practice the above dialogue with each other. Presentation: o Give students a copy of “Practice: Fill out a Stolen Car Police Report”. o Ask students what information will they be watching for? o Write the answers on the board: race, height, clothing, sex, age, height, hair color, make and model of the car, color of the car, license plate number o Show the scene of the carjacking. Practice: Students fill out the “Practice: Fill out a Stolen Car Police Report” Evaluation: o EL Civics Assessment Task 1: Role-Play to Report a Crime o Task 2: Fill out a Stolen Car Police Report” Application: Go to the Police Department and ask for a form for filling out a police report. Practice filling it out or report a crime that previously happened in your life, home, or neighborhood and that you have not yet reported. Reflection: Ask students: o Did you like watching the movie? o Was the test(assessment) easy , difficult, or so-so? o What part was difficult- the writing or the speaking? Questions or comments about this activity can be sent to email@example.com.
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