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Students analyze the effect of global warming given a set of data. In this ecology lesson, students evaluate the impact of excess carbon dioxide levels to living things. They watch a video then investigate the major points of the film on carbon dioxide sequestration.
Pupils look at the conflict through the eyes of seven children from Israeli and Palestinian backgrounds, living in this harsh war torn land. Students explore how differences of opinion, ideas, and biases affect others and themselves.
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.
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. Key concepts, background information, discussion points, and quiz questions are provided. There are also several links to related resources such as video lectures, slide presentations, and posters.
Students create a political cartoon or advertisement. In this lesson analyzing media, students analyze Doonesbury cartoons. After, students create their own political cartoon or advertisement regarding a current controversial issue.
Eleventh graders consider the role that government should play in economics. In this Great Depression lesson, 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.
Third graders compare and contrast different versions of the same story. They recognize our differences, identify qualities that make us special and unique individuals, and create a 'Wanted' poster illustrating a special quality.
Students study and discuss a short film by Chel White in this introductory lesson plan provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. There are some scenes in the video towards the end that may be objectionable.
Students examine various videos and books about Harriet Tub man, Annie Oakley, and Wilma Rudolph. They conduct research, participate in games, and write stories involving these three women.
Young scholars are given a film vocabulary terms packet and a variety of graphic organizers. They view excerpts of films that illustrate the vocabulary terms and record their observations on the graphic organizers.
“I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party. . .” Senator Joseph McCarthy certainly stirred the pot with his claims. The result was a series of legislative actions that put McCarthy in the spotlight and First Amendment rights in jeopardy. Was Congress’s violation of the First Amendment during the McCarthy Era justified? To prepare to respond to this guiding question, class members examine a series of primary source documents including the First Amendment, the Smith Act, and Joseph McCarthy’s speech delivered February, 1950, in Wheeling, West Virginia. After group and full-class discussions, individuals craft an essay using evidence drawn from the documents to support their argument.
Students identify the similarities and differences between propaganda and advertising. They analyze different forms of media and how they affect audiences. They discover the need to be more careful in their word choices.
Students investigate how to be critical viewers of presidential television campaign commercials. They analyze the political and stylistic techniques used through their many interactions with film, television, and video games. They formally analyze a commercial, much as they would any piece of visual art.
High schoolers watch the film "Mr. Death". They identify the different perspectives the main character can be viewed from. They discover that each perspective has an element of truth for the character.
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.
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.
Understanding, analyzing, citing, linking—the four steps required by CC ELA Literacy Standard RH.11-12.1. Enjoy the humor of the explanations of these steps as you examine the suggestions for Common Core designed activities related to strengthening research skills.
Betsy Ross - fact and myth. As an introduction to American Literature, class members become detectives and search web sites to find information about the flag, prominent places it has been displayed (on the moon, at ground zero, in films, etc.), and treatment of the flag. A photo montage and a quiz are mentioned but not included.
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.