Recently I started teaching adults. While plenty of adults watch Pixar and Disney movies, I started searching for something a little more relatable with human characters. I came up with I Love Lucy, Spiderman, anything Avengers, Friends, Harry Potter, and Seinfeld.
Lucy came off the clear winner with the adults. I used the “Zones in Video” lesson from Zones of Regulation and the I Love Lucy Episode S04E09 Ethel’s Birthday In summary, Fred asks Lucy to buy Ethel’s birthday present, Ethel doesn’t like the present, Ethel and Lucy Fight, then make-up.
After watching the video, we discussed all the Zones the characters went through and why, talked about expected and unexpected behaviors, and mapped out how Lucy and Ethel’s behavior affected the audience members.
After the video, the students voted on whether or not they would like more Social Skills Lessons using I Love Lucy! and I received a resounding “yes”! Lucy’s over-acted emotions and antics make for great lesson starters (plus they are entertaining).
I was given some feedback from my adults regarding using I Love Lucy clips – stop pausing and asking questions, just let them watch!