This lesson wraps up the learning cycle
on journal writing, even though the class will continue
to write in their class journals throughout the year.
Students will apply what they have learned about the
three different types of journal writing by composing
one of each type on the subject of Shackleton’s
expedition to Antarctica. They will do this after watching
the film The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary
Antarctic Expedition. Before watching the film, students
will compose a personal journal entry on the expedition.
While watching the film, students will write a dialectical
journal summarizing the facts of the expedition and
analyzing the ways in which the film presents the expedition.
After finishing the video, students will compose a
creative journal entry in which they will write a fictional
news article about the voyage.
Purpose – This
is a second “apply” lesson
for this learning cycle. Students will have the chance
to apply what they have learned about journal writing
not only to practice composing the three types of journal
entries, but also to understand the vital role that
the journals of the expedition members played in preserving
this historical adventure.
Students will be able to:
1. Analyze and evaluate the impact of visual media on
the intended audience.
2. Compose 3 distinct types of journal writings which reflect
the purposes for which they are designed.
National English Education
8: Students use a variety of technological
resources (e.g., libraries, databases,
computer networks, video) to gather and
synthesize information and to create
and communicate knowledge.
6: Students apply knowledge of language structure,
spelling and punctuation), media techniques,
figurative language, and genre to create,
critique, and discuss print and non-print
The instructor should be familiar with
the history of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the events of his
1914 expedition to Antarctica, and the diary entries
written by him and members of his expedition. You will
need to obtain the film The Endurance: Shackleton’s
Legendary Antarctic Expedition, directed by George Butler
II and narrated by Liam Neeson. It is available in most
video stores on VHS or DVD, and available for purchase
online as well. A wonderfully rendered documentary, approximately
97 minutes long. If you wish, you may use one of the
other films available on the expedition, there are several.
and Resource Websites