Activity: Importance of Looney Tunes Characters
To start off the activity watch the Looney Tunes clips. Once the clips are over have the class brainstorm.
ASK: What are the defining characteristics of these characters.
Students will most likely identify the speech problems that the character posses. Explain that it is not how a person talks that makes them who they are.
The students will be split into groups of 3-5. In their groups they will draw a character out of a hat.
(Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Elmer Fudd, and Foghorn Leghorn)
Each group will have one of the videos for reference while they work on their project.
Now students will have to create a poster/presentation based on that character. In their poster/presentation they will have to identify three things:
1. What makes the character special.
2. Where that character came from (true or false, be creative)
3. The reason why that character is the most important in the Looney Toon Universe.
Once they have created their posters/presentations they will present them too the class.
If there is time allow for debate about which character is the most important and see if you can reach a class consensus.
After students have given their piece they will reflect in their journals about why they did this activity, and how the activity made them feel. The journal will be written from their characters point of view.
This activity is looking at the diversity of speech disorders, including stuttering, speech delay, and articulation problems. By doing this activity it will hopefully draw attention away from speech problems and toward recognizing the other characteristics that make people who they are.
This activity could be used as part of the English curriculum when you are talking about characters and character development.
Vicarious Voices: A Look Inside Speech Disorders and Cartoon Characters
Tweety and Sylvester Cartoon
Bugs, Elmer and Daffy Cartoon