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 Post subject: Rockin'with Lil' Elvis!!
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:06 pm 
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Animated son of the King used to help social skills of youngsters: The Tasmanian Department of Education in Australia is using an Elvis inspired children's program to help primary school children.

Rockin’ with Lil’ Elvis is based on the cartoon (and book) series Lil’ Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers distributed by the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF) with a focus around problem solving, friendship and resilience.

For students in grades 2-3 and more mature Grade 1 children.

In Rockin’ with Lil’ Elvis, students are supported in deciding what the producers have used to convey specific messages. They are encouraged to look at the characters and how they are constructed.

Students are challenged to find other ways of solving problems that occur in each episode or explain why they think the characters solved the problem a particular way.

Each episode has specific activities which are based on the material students have viewed.

A contact person and support person (can be the same person) is needed. He / she needs to be allocated a minimum of 1 timetabled teacher / student discussion session (approx 45 minutes) per week to discuss and prepare responses to the tasks.
Students will need a 30 minute session to watch the video separate to their work time.
All students will design a homepage which serves to introduce them to the rest of the online group.
Each student is required to post well-considered responses to discussion points and complete the required tasks for each episode.
Some assistance may be needed with keyboarding for younger students.

NB: Copies of the video / DVD are available from the Centre for External Learning and can be borrowed for the duration of the program. Replacement cost will be invoiced for resources that are not returned.

The progress of the students will be tracked and a certificate issued on successful completion of the program. (News, Source: EIN/Tasmanian Government)


About Lil' Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers: An entertaining 30 minute children's cartoon series made by the ACTF and shown on Australia's Government funded television network, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

The title character of the series is "Lil' Elvis". The opening sequence and music reveal that he was thrown out of a white limousine in a guitar case, hinting that he is the illegitimate child of Elvis Presley. He is raised by foster parents, Grace and Len, who are fervent fans of Elvis Presley. Lil' Elvis is musically talented, singing and playing the guitar and his foster mother is convinced he is the son of Elvis Presley.

Lil' Elvis and his two friends, Lionel and Janet, form the band "The Truckstoppers", and the series follows their adventures in the outback town Little Memphis/Wanapoo. Lionel is an Indigenous Australian who plays the didgeridoo, and has a penchant for exclaiming "deadly". Janet is a beret wearing Asian girl who plays the drums.

The Truckstoppers recurring enemy is the businessman W.C. Moore, who wants to become their manager to exploit them commercially, turning Lil' Memphis into a tourist attraction. he is also obsessed with finding deposits of the mysterious mineral Berkonium. He has a Berkonium marble, which he uses to beat children at the game of marbles, their major recreational activity. He also frequently electrically zaps his hapless limousine driver.

A total of 26 episodes were filmed over two seasons (1997 and 1998) and all were released on DVD. The show also proved popular in a number of European countries. A series of books based on the TV episodes were also released.

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