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Shakespearean Comedy on Film
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close critical analysis and to compare the play to its film version.
Cry Until You Laugh
Students write about the relationship between comedy and personal pain in their journals. After reading an article, they examine the Humber College school of comedy. They brainstorm difficult events in their own lives and create sketches of them. They perform their skit in front of the class.
Vocabulary Unit Seven: Books and Films
What is your favorite movie genre? Help your intermediate English language learners by providing them with book and movie related vocabulary. At the top of the page is a list of vocabulary terms like cartoon, comedy, war story, and publisher. Four fill-in-the-blank exercises follow. Answers are not included.
In on a Secret? That's Dramatic Irony
Struggling to get your learners to understand irony? Try out this video, which clarifies each type of irony before going into more depth on dramatic irony. The narrator relates this type of irony to both horror and comedy films and stresses that it builds tension that leads the action. The animation is cute and helps to demonstrate the concepts. Try out the provided assessment questions and supplementary information provided.
Films Films Films
In this films worksheet, students match the first part to the end part of film titles, write examples of films, match definitions of types of films, and more. Students complete 13 activities.
Film Scripts Online
Students become aware of the learning potential of the Internet. They encounter the world of films being a powerful language learning tool today as well as in the future. In addition, they are introduced to new expressions like contextualization in films.
What's your favourite film?
Students poll other students on their favorite films today and of all time. A rubric is devised to tally the results. The results are shared with the class. In the end, Students taking the poll vote themselves.
Comedy Across the Curriculum
The New York Times Learning Network provides the resources that permit pupils to examine and then write and perform a fake news broadcast in the vein of “The Daily Show” or “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update. The generated reports should reflect the class’s knowledge of understanding of both the genre of news satire and people and topics in the news.
Comparing and Contrasting Two Genres: Screwball Comedy and Film Noir with Reference to "Double Indemnity"
Learners compare and contrast the narrative form of film with the artistic style. They also compare the screwball comedy genres with the film noir genre. They examine the historical roots of film.
America in Film and Fiction
Pupils begin the lesson by reading a book on film study. After watching the movie "Citizen Kane", they work together to identify the issues concerning the United States before World War II. As a class, they discuss how the ideas and views of the directors make their way into a film.
Violence on Film: The Ratings Game
Learn about film and TV ratings systems in Canada (includes a comparison to the MPAA system) and how they influence appropriate viewing for youths. A detailed commentary about the film Seven pointed at revealing flaws in ratings systems and an article making a cause-and-effect connection between violence warnings and teen viewing both reflect the resource publication date. Easy to update with more current texts; the objectives are still relevant.
Shakespeare Film Clip Assignment Worksheet
In this Shakespeare Film Clip worksheet, students list main ideas in the play, important images and motifs, and chose at least six main scenes or quotes that relate to the theme. Students then discuss what is complex or contradictory or nuanced about the ideas represented in their filmclip.
Everyone's a Critic: Analyzing Sitcoms as Cultural Texts
Start by defining the word sitcom with the goal of launching a discussion. What exactly is a sitcom? How is a sitcom different from sketch comedy, drama, and reality television? Class members give examples, remember storylines they've seen or heard before, and discuss ways to make old ideas seem fresh. There's an article to read (attached), questions to answer, and activities to help your class explore and analyze sitcoms.
Before the Talkies
What is a talkie? I bet most of your class doesn't even know that movies used to come in two colors, black and white. Help them explore the wonders of film history through a group research project. Each small group will research a different decade of film production. They'll use their findings to create a whole-class timeline comprised of each group's decade of research. The activity is intended to be used with the book Wonderstruck, but works great without the context of the book.
How to Write a Movie Review from a Pet's Perspective
When would two paws up denote a blockbuster film in your classroom? Only when young writers create movie reviews from a pet's perspective in this imaginative expository writing practice. This engaging topic begins with a class discussion to brainstorm and list the criteria for a good movie. The procedure follows with the reading of a model pet movie review of a fictional remake of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by two off-beat iguanas, Eggbert and Delbert, from the workbook Lights, Camera, Woof! Writing for Pet Entertainment Television. Precise language, supporting evidence, a strong voice, and ability to persuade are targeted skills developed through pre-writing questions. Shared responses in both human and pet voices provide a platform for drafting teacher models that can be reviewed with the included criteria chart. Finish with a class assessment that uses close-reading strategies of highlighting effective text elements. While written primarily for use by middle school students, the activity can be adapted to younger grades by making expectations developmentally appropriate.
Introducing Visual Literacy
Students view examples of images and discuss why a director or writer chose these images. Using different forms of media, they develop their own standards by which to judge television or films. They discover the use of visual literacy as a skill to interpret images that surround them.
Lesson: Mathias Poledna: Crystal Palace
Film analysis takes critical thinking, connections, and context. Upper graders look at the film installation, Crystal Palace in terms of the film makers choices, presentation, and perspective of truth. After an analytical discussion of the film, kids take images of their urban landscape, then crop and alter them to create abstractions of their personal realities.
Images of Learning: Secondary
Make your scholars more aware of stereotypical portrayals in film and television. Discuss the definition of "stereotypes" and how they are used to present a story. High schoolers look at specific television shows and complete a chart recording typical characters you would find. Then, they read the included article "Tinsel Town" and answer questions based on it. Finally, groups take on the role of a television producer and create an outline for a hypothetical series.
Diversity in Media: Looking Critically at What We See
This learning experience fosters awareness of representations we see, and don't see, in the media. Learners list TV programs, games, and films they enjoy, identify characters' ethnic, religious, (dis)ability, and sexual orientation status, assess whether what they see accurately represents where they live, and discuss equity or the lack of it in the media. Sourced from Canada, where the broadcast industry has set voluntary standards to promote equity in the media. With graphic organizers.
Film Scoring: Living a Creative Life
Students discuss career choices and goals in this introductory lesson plan to a unit on the art of Film Scoring. Emphasis is placed on brainstorming within a small group of learners.