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The Bionic Bunny Show

The Bionic Bunny Show

Subject: Media Literacy

Grade Level: 1

Instructional Time: two 30 minute sessions

The Bionic Bunny Show by Marc Brown
The Bionic Bunny Show , video

The "Bionic Bunny Show" is a Reading Rainbow videotape. It is an excellent resource for media literacy with younger children and should be acquired it at all possible. If it is not available other versions of picture books could be used.

After reading the story aloud, create a flowchart with students of each page in the book that shows all that bunny needs to do in order to perform.

Discuss the plot and characters in "The Bionic Bunny Show" as unreal. However, could something like it really happen to real people in a real place? Instruct students to watch for special super heroic types of stunts on TV.
Show an Arthur video episode and compare it to the same book. Discuss Brown's ownership of Arthur, the Bionic Bunny, and other book characters as a copyright that extends to the video versions of this characters. Make a simple budget with the class for Brown in which an arbitrary monetary amount is assigned to a certain number of books sold or videos aired, and do simple math to figure out how much Brown makes. Then present the case of someone photocopying one of his books or taping one of his shows and subtract from Brownís budget to show how his earnings drop. Discuss whether or not it is fair to Brown when this happens and what we would do instead if we want him to continue writing and illustrating his books.

Understand the concept of authorship
Analyze the same story in different formats (video and book)
Retell all information presented in a videotape
Describe what they like/dislike about a video reenactment of a storybook
Identify media materials that are nonfiction and fiction
Recognize the work of a certain author/illustrator

Assessment: see rubric below(.pdf)

MN State Standard: Read, View, Listen
MPS Media Standards:

1 Ethics: Students demonstrate understanding of multicultural rights, responsibilities, ethics and equality of use of information media and technology
2.1a Access: Identify different forms of print fiction
2.1b Access: Identify different forms of print and nonprint
2.4c Access: Use information media for enjoyment
3.2a Processing: Analyze real, realistic and unreal content from various viewpoints
3.3b Processing: Analyze and interpret the influence of visuals and special features in print information media

Author/Source/Link: Lyn Lacey, Keewaydin