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Students begin the lesson by discussing the causes and effects of the movement west. Using primary sources, they develop their own definition for manifest destiny. In groups, they view examples of paintings and read poems on the topic. They compare and contrast how the idea of manifest destiny is shown through the two mediums.
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.
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 ends with a paragraph analyzing the director's choices pertaining to imagery.
Students examine the ideas of Lincoln and Douglass. In groups, they compare and contrast writings from each man and how they formed the nation with their ideas. After watching "Glory", they discuss how people like Lincoln and Douglass brought change to the United States in dealing with race related issues.
Students use the film about predicting the future as analysis of humans desire to analyze the future. In this future predictions lesson, students discuss predictions and complete a famously wrong predictions sheet. Students complete a literary predictions survey and make up their own predictions. Students view the film and add predictions freewrite about the topic.
Class pairs select a prompt from a provided list and tell (and record) their story to their partner. They then examine linguist William Labov's model for natural narratives, and apply his model to their tale. Next, class members watch clips from the film Stream of Life, and again label sections of the narrative, using the provided analysis worksheet. Extensions and adaptions are included.
Students examine the contributions of a few African American actors. After watching different films, they work together to recreate the film and the struggles faced by the actors. In groups, they compare and contrast the acting style of the different actors. To end the lesson, they identify the stereotypes used in films to represent African Americans.
Two scenarios are presented for chemistry detectives to decipher. Both require the use of an infrared spectrometer and focus on the examination of polymer materials. In the first, lumps in polyethylene bottles are analyzed. In the second, two specific brands of plastic food wrap are compared. Lab groups can choose from one of these two open-ended science inquiries. They are both terrific lessons for studying properties of polymers, spectroscopy, or simply practicing the scientific process.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend! And crystal labs can be a science teacher's best friend because watching crystals develop is fascinating, and it results in such a pretty product! This activity is unique because the crystals are grown between glass slides with a sheet of polarized film so that they can be observed under a microscope later. The results are astounding and the lesson plan is thoroughly written, leaving you well prepared to lead learners. Use this during a high school geology unit.
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.
The challenge of analyzing primary sources is addressed by a detailed plan from Inspiration Software. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is used to model how the primary source analysis template can aid in creating an analysis of documents. Adaptations and extensions are included, as are the original and model templates.
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!” in the film. From there students are grouped up and are given a poem for analysis that has been used in a film. The final movement challenges learners to develop a short film that displays the importance of the poem they analyzed in their groups. If you find that the poems chosen for this project are not appropriate for your class, select poems that are reflective of your students' taste or interests.
Students view a film about a plastic bag to analyze the scope of disposal issues on the environment. In this environmental concerns lesson, students watch the film and investigate predictions related to the movie and the FUTURESTATES Predict-O-Meter website. Students discuss the data and present proposed solutions to the problem in the film. Students post their own predictions on the website.
What obstacles face Navajo teens living on reservations? Let the stories do the teaching as scholars watch clips and read articles about the Native American youth experience. There are several clips provided, which you can easily access on the website. The article links don't work; find the resources online by simply searching the title. As learners watch the clips, encourage note-taking to help them complete a triple Venn Diagram comparing and constrasting student experiences. They examine statistics and analyze one article. Pupils propose a solution, relating it to the first-person accounts they heard. There are great extension ideas to deepen research and sensory experiences.