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Students write New York Times Movie Guide Reviews using descriptive and persuasive language.
Eighth graders read and analyze primary source documents dealing with Nebraska history. In a role-play, they present the information they gathered to their classmates. They examine what live was like for people settling in Nebraska.
Eighth graders examine and analyze maps of early Nebraska. Using the maps, they compare and contrast them to those of today and identifying how the area has changed over time. They complete a worksheet over the differences in the maps to end the lesson.
Eighth graders select and observe a favorite film and write a review. They create personal criteria for judging drama and theater. After watching a film and writing a review, learners compare their personal review with those of a professional critic.
Students read and analyze Jessie Benton Fremont's travelogue of her trip out west in 1849 to identify the gender roles, social attitudes and class distinctions of the time. They then adapt the the travelogue into a film script.
Who buys romance novels? Older scholars discuss this demographic in a behavioral psychology study which begins with a discussion and data analysis. The data sheet can be found online and offers statistics about who and where this huge industry caters to. Using a viewing guide to take notes scholars watch three clips from the documentary "Guilty Pleasures," which can all be found on the POV website. After discussing these short clips have scholars do some research on theories of motivation. There is an online source provided here. They determine which best describes the case study featured and explain their reasoning. Extension ideas are included.
Start by defining the word sitcom with the goal of launching a discussion. What exactly is a sitcom? How is a sitcom different from sketch comedy, drama, and reality television? Class members give examples, remember storylines they've seen or heard before, and discuss ways to make old ideas seem fresh. There's an article to read (attached), questions to answer, and activities to help your class explore and analyze sitcoms. 
Eleventh graders explore the phenomenon of "disinformation" that often circulates during a crisis.  In this American Government lesson, 11th graders analyze an article on myths and rumors.
Students compare and contrast the movement for suffrage in Nebraska and the U.S. They organize and interpret primary documents and images from the time period. In addition, they tie in religious movements to women's suffrage.
Young scholars determine how to use photographs to depict the feelings and meaning of poetry. In this poetry expression lesson, students work in teams as production companies to design a short film of photos. They use the film as a medium to convey the meaning and tone of student written poetry.
Students explore the elements of film to analyze character, action, and the themes in the movie, "Quiz Show." The lesson encourages students to make personal connections and real life applications as they view the movie, critically.
In this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Quentin Tarantino and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
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. A beautifully simple solution to what may seem like a challenging problem.
Students examine why people move from one country or area to another. Using photographs, they analyze the culture and lifestyles of people pictured in the image. They research and explain the daily experiences of the settlers to discover who they were.
Twelfth graders analyze the elements of fiction and use literary analysis vocabulary to evaluate fiction works. In this fiction analysis lesson, 12th graders define elements of fiction and complete a diagram for the elements.Students keep a dialectical journal for the lesson. Students present an analysis, and write a letter to their teacher reflecting on the assignment.
Students create learning log journals and creative projects about helping others. In this circle justice lesson, students read Touching Spirit Bear and watch Pay it Forward. Students discuss the themes of both works and analyze the actions of the characters as they consider how they can contribute to making the world a better place.
Eleventh graders analyze primary sources.  In this US History lesson, 11th graders interpret written information.  Students evaluate arguments and draw conclusions.  Students develop and defend a position. 
Students analyze two of Dorothea Lange's portraits and create their own portraits of classmates. In this portrait analysis lesson, students define portrait and discuss two images of Lange's. Students interview a classmate and use Lange's strategies to create a portrait that captures the character of the classmate.
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 discover the origins and different uses of watermelons. Using the internet, they find photographs of the fruit and reading about them in primary source documents. As a class, they plan a community activity in which they use a local watermelon vendor to present their presentation.

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