Education Technology

NCTE: Which Movie?

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students come to understand the etymology of "predict" and learn to distinguish between two types of information that form reader predictions: textual clues and personal experience. They select a movie and make predictions about an upcoming sequel.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ and NoteFolio™ Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Explain to the students the etymology of the word "predict." and describe to students the two types of information that inform predictions.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck and NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Extend the literal meaning of a text by making inferences, and evaluate the significance and validity of texts in light of prior knowledge and experience.
  • Select, summarize, paraphrase, analyze, and evaluate, orally and in writing, passages of texts chosen for specific purposes.
  • Develop criteria to evaluate literary merit and explain critical opinions about a text, either informally in conversation or formally in a well-organized speech or essay.
  • Explain how details of language, setting, plot, character, conflict, point of view, and voice in a work of literature combine to produce a dominant tone, effect, or theme.
  • Compose and publish analytic and reflective writing that conveys knowledge, experience, insights, and opinions to an intended audience.
  • Develop and deliver a speech that conveys information and ideas in a logical fashion for a selected audience, using language that clarifies and reinforces meaning.
  • After the Activity

    During the last 5-10 minutes of class, ask a few students to each share a prediction and its rationale. Give students a deadline for finishing their predictions. Tell them to write it in their Movie Predictions Project Timeline. Remind them to refer to the Movie Predictions Project Rubric as they work on the project.