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All in a Day's Work
Who is Herman Melville? Read and discuss "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street." Then, discuss the film adaptations of Melville's work and translate a passage of the text into modern-day English. Discussion questions are included, and be sure to check out the possible extension activities.
6th - 12th Language Arts 20 Views 132 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Discover the lovely story of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho with your class. Over the course of the lesson, pupils practice descriptive writing, write short narratives, collaborate in small groups, watch a powerful short film about Raimundo, and analyze a quote from one of the poems in the video.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest lactose.
8th - 12th Science 14 Views 12 Downloads
The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch
After finding from this feature that the famous finches of the Galapagos have developed different beak styles depending on the food available on their island, pupils can play a game of matching finch songs. In a lab activity, they can also analyze data to form conclusions about the relationship between natural selection and the beak shapes.
16 mins 6th - 12th Science 5 Views 6 Downloads
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation
The pocket mouse can be light brown like the sands of the desert, or dark brown like the volcanic lava flows that are interspersed throughout New Mexico's Valley of Fire. It seems that predators have weeded out light colored mice in this volcanic landscape.
10 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 19 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
And the winner is...:Poetry and Film
Films use famous and important poems to enhance the themes and conflicts of the art, but are the poems as recognized as the films that are used? Of course not! You can change that with this plan and its accompanying activities. Young poets view a clip from Dead Poets Society, and discuss the use of “Oh Captain, My Captain!
9th - 10th Language Arts 8 Views 20 Downloads CCSS: Designed
"Movies That Rock": Moulin Rouge
Upper graders explore musical film and the Bohemian lifestyle common in Europe during the turn of the century through the musical Moulin Rouge. After listening to (or viewing) songs from the movie, they discuss the Bohemian era and how several songs can convey a unified theme or idea.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 14 Downloads
Lesson: Nikhil Chopra: Performing Memory
Film imitates life; that's what they say. Using performance theory to tie the activity together, learners attempt to understand memory and daily rituals as seen in art, film, and life. They read two chapters from the book, watch the teacher as is s/he is a performer, and then analyze Nikhil Chopra's art in relation to performance.
10th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 7 Downloads
Lesson: Daria Martin: Body as Language
There is a wonderful magic that happens when artists collaborate. Kids examine storytelling through collaborative art. Inspired by Rodin's sculpture Minotaur, Daria Martin and Anna Halprin create a filmed dance sequence. Kids analyze the film and then work together to create a dance sequence that tells a story.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 14 Views 14 Downloads
America in Film and Fiction
High schoolers begin the activity 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.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 16 Views 29 Downloads
Slowing Down Time (in Writing & Film)
How do you slowmo a story? The narrator of a short video models how to slow down the pace of a narrative by using concepts drawn from slow motion filming. Just as slow motion in a film is achieved by speeding up the process so that more frames are shot per second, a sense of slow motion in writing can be achieved by including more frames of detail in a story.
6 mins 7th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Holes: The Movie vs. The Book
Did your class read Louis Sachar's Newbery Medal-winning book Holes? Compare and contrast the film version with the novel. After reading a brief passage from the book, watch the film adaptation of the scene. Learners pay attention to and analyze the differences in both versions.
5th - 8th Language Arts 40 Views 180 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Film Making:Visual Storytelling - Activity 1
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.
6th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 18 Downloads
Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 1
A passage from The Great Gatsby is used to launch a series of skill-building activities that can be used to introduce close reading strategies. Groups practice crafting text-dependent questions, theme statements, and conclusions, as opposed to summaries.
11th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review “Twelve Years a Slave”: Analyzing Slave Narratives
Readers of Solomon Northup's brutally frank slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave examine passages that support the argument that slavery "undermined and corrupted" the institution of marriage. Background information is provided by a PowerPoint presentation, an essay on the slave narrative tradition, and a short video trailer from Steve McQueen's film 12 Years a Slave.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma: Part II
The second in a series of three lessons that examine how different writers explore the issues of individual freedoms and tolerance in America uses The Crucible as the anchor text. The focus here is what Miller has to say about the causes and results of intolerance.
11th - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Does the Defense of Marriage Act Promote the Health, Safety, Morals, and General Welfare of the Public?
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer. Participants are then assigned a side, either for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or against DOMA, and in groups of four (two for and two against) present their arguments.
11th - 12th Language Arts 22 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Day the Mesozoic Died
While this is not the traditional, step-by-step lesson plan, it is chock-full of material that you can easily incorporate into your earth history unit. Its main purpose is to serve as a guide to using a three-part film, The Day the Mesozoic Died, which uncovers evidence in the fossil record for the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period.
6th - 12th Science 14 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Budgeting: Finding Personal Financial Success
What a comprehensive, engaging set of activities for learners to gain a firm foundation of financial knowledge, practice budgeting for after they have completed their education, and consider the unexpected turns that life may throw their way.
9th - 12th Math 44 Views 29 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Day the Mesozoic Died
A dynamic, three-part feature explores what caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. Computer animations, interviews, and on-site footage from around the world divulge evidence that it was the K-T Asteroid.
34 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 5 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Designed