Media Literacy Lesson Using Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire”

I admit it: I love just about everything Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. So, when I started thinking about storytelling and media, I thought I might try to teach an introduction to media literacy using Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire from the second Hobbit movie.

I just love how the song itself tells its own complete story. But, when you pair it with the movie (and even the book), it adds a whole new dimension. One media artifact links to so many others in this one video, which makes it fascinating for a media literacy lesson.

With this in mind, I created a Versal lesson (or click on image below). I’m thinking of beginning by playing the song itself, then move into the lyrics, the video, then the larger picture. I’m trying it out tomorrow, so fingers crossed.

Screenshot of my Versal lesson

Screenshot of my Versal lesson