Jessica here today, and I have to know … did you watch the To All the Boys I Loved Before trilogy on Netflix?
I LOVED it and even got my husband to watch it with me … there’s something about a good teenage love drama that hooks me. It’s probably because I’m reimagining my own high school experience through rose-colored lenses.
And here’s what the writers and producers did so well to ensure that these movies premiered in the top ten on Netflix and amassed a loyal following …
- They hooked us in the first movie (I mean, seriously, it doesn’t get any juicier than love letters mysteriously getting sent to all your past crushes!).
- There was a whole bunch of drama and lessons learned in the second movie – really the heart of all the content! (Hello, John Ambrose!)
- They wrapped up everything in a neat bow, letting the audience know what the future had in store for Lara Jean and Peter at the end of the third movie.
And these movie people know their stuff … they had a good story arc with a whole lot of strategy behind it – cliffhangers, conflict, you know the drill.
And we believe that teachers have a lot to learn from Hollywood in terms of hooking your audience, offering some lessons, and alluding to the future, all while providing your students with natural cliffhangers that get them wanting more from your lessons!
We create our resources at EB Academics using this formula because it is the single most effective framework for including engagement and rigor and getting students to master the ELA standards!
PLUS, when you have a lesson planning framework through which to create your lessons, it makes Batch Planning SO MUCH easier. If you’re not familiar with this concept yet, don’t worry, you can binge-listen to podcast Episode #62, Episode #63, and Episode #102.
So think of it this way:
- The into lesson hooks students.
- The through lessons have “the heart of the content.”
- The beyond lesson sets students up for the future (and applying what they learned!).
See, just like a good movie trilogy!
You can read more about each type of lesson here:
And, if you haven’t binged To All the Boys I Loved Before on Netflix, now is the time! 🙂