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High schoolers 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.
Why just show your class a movie when you could teach them how to critique film the same way they do literature? While this instructional activity uses Battlestar Galactica as its visual text of choice, this plan could be used with any film selection. It would be perfect to use with the film adaptation of any literary work. Teens learn what it means to critique as well as how to identify literary and technical aspects of film as they watch various films.
Use this general lesson plan guide to inform your instruction surrounding a documentary. The lesson plan is made up of five activities. The activities are intentionally general because they are designed to adapted for specific films. While the lesson plan was originally designed to go with the films on the same site as the plan, they could be used with virtually any film. Additionally, the resource includes a series of questions grouped by theme that could be asked about any film.
Learners analyze film terminology to become analytical views and critically examine media. In this film analysis, students identify film terminology and explain the effects of the director's choices. Learners analyze cinematic and theatrical elements in the film.
A viewing of Silver Sling begins a consideration of the issues related to and the need for surrogate mothers. Class members then compare the stance of the film to that of the article, “Surrogate Mothers: Womb for Rent.” Richly detailed and thoughtful, the packet includes discussion questions, links to nonfiction articles related to the issues, graphic organizers, and worksheets. A great way to address Common Core standards.
Students are given a film vocabulary terms packet and a variety of graphic organizers. They view excerpts of films that illustrate the vocabulary terms and record their observations on the graphic organizers.
Students read texts, view film and video and conduct research in an analysis and comparison of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and the Kabuki piece "Chushingura". They focus their analysis on the theme of revenge.
Students examine and differentiate between realism, formalism, and classicism film styles. They watch film clips, and in small groups, complete a compare/contrast worksheet, identify the styles of the films, and complete four learning stations.
Students explore a fundamental knowledge of darkroom practice. Students access the basic aspects of black-and-white film processing, printing and enlarging. Students acquaint themselves with functions and purposes of darkroom equipment and darkroom procedures.
Students examine the impact the Atlantic Slave Trade had on Africa and the African people, through the analysis of literature and film. They identify the geographic regions of Africa and locate selected African countries, countries that are used as later case studies in the examination the legacy of slavery and colonialism
Begin The Great Gatsby by showing the opening half-hour of the film. Using this clip, discuss imagery with your class and assign each learner a type of imagery. Group learners together according to type of imagery and have them respond to questions. The lesson plan ends with a paragraph analyzing the director's choices pertaining to imagery.
Students view the film Fog of War and discuss the most striking elements of the film. They focus on chosen lessons from robert McNamara's life such as: empathy, rationality and proportionality.
Students identify, research and write about their hero, creating a MY HERO Web page, and develop short media piece which be turned into a film.
Learners discuss the purpose of city symphonies that were used in the past. In groups, they compare and contrast the social systems of a school and city to create their own city symphony video together. They also write what is known as a treatment in the present tense to introduce the characters and setting. They record their video and present it to the class.
This is an excellent resource for teachers to use for incorporating the motion picture Glory into the classroom! Breaking down the film into particular noteworthy and telling scenes, the guide offers important considerations for each scene and the chance to facilitate discussion in your class with thought-provoking questions. 
Students identify different transitions used in the editing process. They discover the contributions of D.W. Griffith to the development of film art. They discover how to analyze films more carefully.
Learners watch westerns and analyze them. They identify the plot, characters and the sounds in the film. They research icons of the American west and prepare a presentation. They share their presentation with the class.
Students study and discuss a short film by Chel White in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. There are some scenes in the video towards the end that may be objectionable.
Students examine the music used in films today. They define three ways in which the music is used to create meanings in films. They also examine how the images create meaning for the film.
Learners explore the Aboriginal culture through reading and video. In this language arts lesson, students explore the plight of Aborigine children removed from their homes and placed in residential schools. Learners watch video clips of Rabbit Proof Fence then work in groups and complete writing activities.

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