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- Lynn C., Teacher
- Wakefield, RI
Film Noir Teacher Resources
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Students begin the lesson plan 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.
Students study the concepts of artistic leadership and vision. In this arts and leadership lesson plan, students read about leadership roles in the artistic community. Students then watch a video that helps them write about dance and participate in several dance expressions.
Learners role play an interview. After researching Audrey Tautou and the movie Amelie, pairs of students take turns interviewing each other. One plays the role of a journalist and the other plays the role of an actress. During the simulation, learners speak in French. The teacher observes their proper use of questions and adjective placement.
Proficient English language learners or native English speakers develop vocabulary with this five-page packet. The first page contains six fill-in-the-blank questions, and learners must decide which word or words best completes the sentence provided. Example words include voracious, charlatans, disinterred, etc.
Modern art is great to experience because it brings contemporary issues into everyday conversation. Upper graders consider the work of Mickalene Thomas, an artist that uses photo collage techniques to capture the beauty of African American women in today's society. They can engage in any of the three suggested activities as a way to build a better understanding and deeper analysis of this modern art. Images, discussion questions, weblinks, ELA, social studies, and art activities are included.
In a detailed, creative writing task, potential poets analyze how race, identity, and society categorize and (mis)represent us. The learning begins with an imaginative anticipatory set where students describe unique situations that their skin has experienced (its earliest memory, what would your skin touch). It transitions with two class discussions about how their skin identifies who they are, and the title of Elis’ book Skin, Inc., and selected poems. It concludes with a two-part writing activity that “brands” the writer—allowing them to break free and repair their damaged identity. Included is an optional/extension activity for more mature and respectful learners where they “brand” each other's identities.
Students study paintings, sculptures and of objects d'art as documents to study the 19th century Industrial Revolution. In this art history lesson, students study a chronological timeline of art during the Industrial Revolution. Students read about the art and artists of this method and time.