Friday, May 23, 2008

Internet Archive

At the AIMS Retreat, Patrick Bassett of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)gave a presentation in which he used some very, very old video film clips. They were at once hilarious and informative. In one three minute commercial (remember when commercials were THREE MINUTES LONG?), there is an entire plot for how a woman is going to clean something or other. In another video clip, students are introduced to "High School Health Class." The tone used, the production values, the language are all valuable teaching tools for introducing the concept of context and even culture. He found them all on the Internet Archive. Check it out! Here's an old McDonald's commercial:

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