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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!” 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.
Creating a Film for the MY HERO Short Film Festival and Competition
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.
Language Dialects and the Film "Nell"
Students view the film "Nell" and analyze it for presentation of language pathologies and dialects. They consider the definition of dialect, research phonetic representation of dialects and observe their own communities for speech patterns.
Mosaic America on Film: Fact Versus Fiction
Seventh graders define race, ethnic group, and culture. They identify the ways in which words are used in political cartoons and examine the way visual elements in a cartoon determine the meaning of words and enhance their impact. They explain the concept of stereotyping.
Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film
High schoolers research the social context of Elizabethan England for Shakespeare's "Hamlet". They identify cultural influences on the play focusing on the theme of revenge and then analyze and compare film interpretations of the play.
Reading the Movies: Another Approach To Teaching Critical Thinking Skills And Writing
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.
Who Were the Settlers?
Learners 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.
Look for the Good
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.
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.
Screening the Silver Screen
Young scholars write New York Times Movie Guide Reviews using descriptive and persuasive language.
Realism and Formalism Learning Stations
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.
Italian III and IV
Young scholars discover what happened to the Italian Jews during World War II. Using the internet, they research the culture of Italy from the 16th through the 20th century. As a class, they watch two films about the Holocaust and how it relates to Italian Jews. They write a paragraph from the point of view of one of the main characters in either film.
Dead Poets Society: Socratic Seminar Discussion
Peter Weir's classic film, Dead Poet's Society, provides the text for a socratic discussion of the wisdom of the "Carpe Diem" philosophy. After viewing and discussing the film, individuals select one poem mentioned in the film and develop a presentation about the poet, his works, and one specific poem.
Tenth graders analyze animated Disney movies. They demonstrate their awareness of how the artful use of language can affect and influence others. They evaluate how both genders and cultures are portrayed in mass media.
Although originally designed for young film makers who wanted to enter their videos in a contest, the step-by-step instructions included here would serve as a guide for any video project. Classes with no access to video editing software could develop their proposals and create storyboards. Extensions and assessments are included.
34x25x36: Advertising and Body Image
Point of View’s short film, “34x25x36” launches a study of how images presented by mannequins and advertisements influence body image. Class members read and discuss the fact sheet "Media's Effect on Girls: Body Image and Gender Identity." Activities, discussion questions, and resource links are included. Preview the film to determine whether or not it is appropriate for your class.
Analyzing Political Cartoons: the "Doonesbury" Rendition of the Malibu Conflict
Students create a political cartoon or advertisement. For this lesson analyzing media, students analyze Doonesbury cartoons. After, students create their own political cartoon or advertisement regarding a current controversial issue.
Understanding the Great Depression Through Film
Eleventh graders consider the role that government should play in economics. In this Great Depression instructional activity, 11th graders watch the film Cinderella Man and then complete a packet of worksheets to help them analyze the themes of the film and characters.
Students 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.
Film Making:Visual Storytelling - Activity 1
Learners 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.