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Reality TV Roundups Make Any Lesson Must-See

In the Reality TV Roundups collection, the only thing more exciting than student-centered creativity is the *drama* that awaits. In this all-new lineup of fully editable Google Slides templates, everyday pupils become executive producers with the chance to re-cast their favorite TV shows with brand new celebrity stars inspired by your course content. Binge your favorite series with a click!

Imagine the fun and excitement that you could bring to a classroom when you fuse the buzz of reality TV with the very best of student-centered instruction. Consider, for example, just how hard your students will have to work together with their peers fusing content knowledge with all kinds of creativity to transport the lesson objectives for everyday curriculum into their familiar (and always sensational!) world of reality TV. Let’s kick around even just a few ideas to see where this style of assignment can take us…

Your students can select their favorite character from whichever unit you’re currently studying and transport that individual into a “vote you off the island” style reality TV show. Could Julius Caesar outlast Napoleon on an uncharted desert island? And what sort of tribal alliances might the legendary Winston Churchill be cooking up with his fellow castaways? Do I smell a “show-mance” brewing between the legendary queen Cleopatra and her fellow castaway in Mark Antony?

Turn your study of literature into reality TV’s hottest new dating show! In an English class, how much more engagement could we expect from texts from yesteryear if your students had the opportunity to curate social media profiles for these timeless characters with the hopes of getting them a spot on a hot new reality TV dating program? Will Juliet ever find true love!? And is Mercutio forever destined to be “Friend Zoned?!”

How much more color and excitement might come from the ordinary classroom if a traditional end-of-unit chemistry exam were suddenly remixed into a world where teams of student fashion designers had the chance to rock the Runway by dreaming up hot new lines of trendy clothing inspired by all sorts of different elements from the periodic table? What colors would absolutely pop in the fall garments inspired by Oxygen? And what sorts of fabrics might offer just the right interplay of function and style to a collection that draws its inspiration from a heavy metal like lead?

Throw your students deep into the waters of a hungry tank of investors, each of whom are swimming with venture capital and the desire to sink their teeth into the next big product or invention that’s inspired by your current unit of study. Consider market trends, target customers, business plans, and investment strategies all while preparing jaw-dropping pitches to secure the interest of a self-made mogul.

Whether you’re casting a hit new season of a heart pounding competition to find Mr or Mrs right or throwing your course content directly into the pulse-pounding action of a competition-style program where contestants flex their muscles to show their physical prowess and mental stamina, the Reality TV Roundup collection is full of dozens of student-centered activities that can make for an outstanding addition to any teacher’s lineup of creative instructional techniques. Simply pick the theme that’s right for your content area, and then set your students to task working in rival teams to put together the strongest overall work product in an immersive (and thought-provoking) game of pretend on a massive scale. 

Each resource comes complete with step-by-step facilitator instructions, sample lesson plan ideas, and FIVE separate student-centered activities that will challenge your students to fuse content knowledge with all kinds of creativity in order to bring their hot new reality TV show to life by casting it full of things studied and lessons learned in your classroom!

The activities featured in this blog post are just a handful of the 700+ resources available in the EMC² Learning library. This entire library is available to Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps, and is included with your annual site membership. We hope you’ll consider joining us as an Engagement Engineer to unlock a full year of site access. For complete details including our exclusive limited time offer for annual site membership, click here.

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