Documentary Teacher Resources
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Film Festival: Documentaries for Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Times provides links to five short documentary films depicting Hispanic themes and culture. Learners can click on each embedded link to view the films, then answer each set of related analysis questions.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 38 Views 61 Downloads
John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath": The Inner Chapters
Here’s a must-have resource for anyone using The Grapes of Wrath. Everything from guiding question to background information, from photographs to documentary films, from activities to assessments is included in a richly detailed packet designed to show readers the tight relationship between the Joad narrative and the inner or intercalary chapters of John Steinbeck’s acclaimed novel.
9th - 12th Language Arts 18 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Religion in Culture & Politics: Women’s empowerment in Syria
Learners determine their own perspective on women's empowerment then compare it to how it is seen in Syria. They watch a four documentary clips, discuss what they've seen, then answer two short essay questions. Excellent resource links and good extension activities make this a worthwhile lesson.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 45 Downloads CCSS: Designed
How to Analyze Documentaries
Prepare your class for creating their own documentaries. Before they get started, they'll need to know what a documentary is and what makes a documentary compelling. As a class, watch several documentaries from the point of view of the writer, taking notes on a few questions while viewing.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 18 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Religion in Culture & Politics: Women’s empowerment in Syria
What defines a woman as empowered, and how does this definition compare to the ideas and actions of a group of Muslim women in Syria? After watching a series of video clips from a documentary film about a school for girls in Damascus, learners will discuss gender roles in Syria and how religion can have a profound effect on culture and politics.
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 10 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Introduction to a Documentary Film Project
Students are introduced to a project about documentary films. They view documentaries and choose a response project to complete selecting from among journal writing, making an original documentary and/or completing an art project.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 51 Downloads
Viewing "Cane Toads" To Learn About Aperture in Documentary Film
Students view the documentary film Cane Toads: An Unnatural History and use a worksheet to record their emotional responses throughout the film. They participate in a discussion about the use of aperture in documentaries.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 8 Downloads
Movie Making: American Revolution
Students discover the American Revolution by creating a movie in class. For this documentary film making lesson, students research the events that led to the American Revolution by examining images from a slide-show. Students utilize these photographs and video editing software to create a documentary film.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 84 Downloads
The Three-Fold Aims of Documentary Film
Students are introduced to the three main purposes of a documentary. They view excerpts of films and discuss the documentary as a voice for the voiceless, a presentation of everyday life and an explanation of the process followed to arrive at an outcome.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads
Documentary Film Analysis Worksheet
Require your class members to view documentaries and comment on various elements of the films. In order to elicit their thoughts, assign a worksheet with space for individuals to predict concepts that the film will feature, note specific details about the film type and elements, and comment on the film and its message.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 21 Views 13 Downloads
General Lesson Plan for Documentary Lens
Use this general lesson guide to inform your instruction surrounding a documentary. The lesson is made up of five activities. The activities are intentionally general because they are designed to adapted for specific films. While the lesson was originally designed to go with the films on the same site as the plan, they could be used with virtually any film.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 6 Downloads
Docs for School: Viewing and Teaching Guide
Teaching documentary in your class? Inform your instruction with a guide meant to support teachers as they begin with documentary. The resource includes information on what a documentary is as well as documentary modes, elements, and film and media literacy.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 10 Downloads
After viewing and analyzing documentaries and working in groups to storyboard and prepare, your class should now be ready for the production stage of the documentary process. The eighth lesson in the series, this plan provides suggestions about how to deal with access to technology as well as providing a handout.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Feeling On Display
Many teen girls and boys experience great pressure to keep up online appearances. Work together as a class to consider the effect of photos on social networking sites, and invite your learners to reflect on such important concepts as double standards and judgment.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 32 Views 24 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Processing Experiences from the Documentary Film Project
High schoolers use computer to type a response to what they learned during their documentary film project. They share with the class what they did for their project and ask for questions.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
Documentaries Have a Focus and an Angle
The third lesson in a series, this resource narrows in on two aspects of documentary films: focus and angle. After a brief explanation of the terms, class members view a student-made film and identify the topic, focus, and angle. They share with a partner and come together as a class for a full discussion.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Lesson: Collect Oral Histories About the Genocide in Guatemala
Begin this powerful study on the Guatemalan genocide with a nine-minute video clip, which can be easily found online. The excerpt introduces the class to this tragedy through a personal account, which is what they will be collecting. Discussion questions following the clip drive scholars to deeper thinking about oral histories and justice, and they view a website dedicated to keeping memories of victims alive (linked).
7th - Higher Ed Language Arts 22 Views 99 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Unexpected Family History
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect of slavery in the US.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable