I know the video that you are talking about, but be aware that Trump did not actually make that video! It was created by an indie producer named Mike Diva. So if you want to write a thesis statement around this video, you’ll want to understand it’s purpose according to the creator. Diva writes about his video, “Trump is turned into the ultimate teen idol, dictator, and action hero, all rolled into one. He seig heils in front of a swastika and destroys the world, but he creates an amazing spectacle in the process. And the video seems to be saying that that’s all the media really care about.”
I think this is a winning idea for several reasons! First of all, I’m really intrigued by the idea of flipping the writing instruction so that students are doing more of their writing practice in the classroom where the support is available. I would imagine that this would lead to less student frustration and that students are finding themselves better equipped to tackle the roadblocks that occur during writing. I like the fact that this activity asks students to work collaboratively to create thesis statements and build off of each other’s ideas. Also, I really like the fact that the teacher models editing and thinking out loud. This is a great way to show students what you mean, rather than just telling them. Finally, making this activity fun with music and good-natured competition will most likely make for more engaged students. Love the fact that this idea can be adaptable to other mini writing lessons. Thanks for the great idea!