This lesson is one that I will definitely incorporate into my curriculum planning. Based on the Common Core English Language Arts/Writing Standard W.C9.3 "write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details and well-structured event sequences." Bingo! Welcome Professor Tolkien and we might as well invite Harry Potter and Neo from the Matrix to visit our video lesson because they are right in the middle of this fictional world video lesson!
The video shows students how to create fictional fantasy worlds with a plan in mind ( a timeline, the universal laws that this new world operates in, a well developed history, language, culture). All of these components are addressed in the Common Core/Next Gen Standards with words such as pacing, logical event sequences, establishing context, and developing experiences. And they said I couldn't work Lord of the Rings into the Next Gen Standards...It just takes a little creativity and mastery!
Another thing I love about these lessons in TED ED are the additional resources that accompany the video. The lesson referenced above includes multiple choice questions and short answer questions online for student interaction. A Dig Deeper section is available for this lesson with links to J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling's world building writing techniques. It also includes links to non-fiction text, Let's Build a World Together, providing more information for aspiring fantasy writers and a wonderful way to teach non-fiction textual reading. The section also provides some scaffolding graphic organizers designed by Kate Messner to begin the fantasy world writing process. The last section is an open discussion question which gives students the opportunity to converse with other students from around the globe on the conversation related to the "Fictional World" lesson.
Now that I've went on and on about the value of this lesson, check it out for yourself by clicking on the links or QR codes below. Also take time to search for some lessons applicable to your content area. I don't think you will come away disappointed.