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The Fog of War
Students view the film Fog of War and discuss the most striking elements of the film. They focus on chosen lessons from robert McNamara's life such as: empathy, rationality and proportionality.
Quiet on the Set!
In pairs learners perform a silent skit portraying relationships between two known characters from a popular book or a play for their classmates. Next, the class will read and discuss a NYTimes article about a film school in the Bronx that influences urban teens positively through acting. Following, a short film clip will be viewed provoking a class discussion on character development. To sum up the lesson each pupil will create a wordless storyboard depicting the film.
Exploring Film Genres for Telling Hero Stories: Narrative Shorts
Students make their own short film about a hero of their choice. They create their own script and edit their video.
Old Hobbits Are Hard to Break
Young scholars role-play advertising executives in an exploration of how films are marketed on the Web to distinct audiences.
Cloud in the Classroom
Middle schoolers watch a video about wild stallions and conduct research about wild horses and wildlife photography. Students explore the relationships between animals and humans and conduct Internet research about the treatment of wild horses in the United States. Middle schoolers create a mock newscast about their findings.
In this Kitano Takeshi learning exercise, students read a passage about Kitano Takeshi and then complete worksheets such as spelling, a listening gap fill, synonym matching, scrambled sentences, and more.
Ancestors in the Americas: Lesson One
Students are introduced to the characteristics of documentaries and making films. Individually, they write their own proposal for an idea of a documentary making sure to identify the point of view of which it is going to be filmed. After watching a video, they examine the experiences and contributions of Asian Americans to the United States.
In this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Steven Spielberg and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
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.
On the Scene: Analyzing Scenes in Film and Literature
Students examine how a scene in a movie or in literature is constructed. In this film and literature lesson students answer questions based on film clips then create storyboards depicting a scene from their life.
In this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Francis Firebrace and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
For this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Michael Moore and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
The Candid Camera
Students examine the influence of photographer Jerome Liebling on documentary films. They read and discuss an article, take photographs, and create an original photo essay and artist statement.
Hollywood and Higher Learning
Students watch a varietry of films showing college life. In groups, they take different scenerios from the films and determine how they would have reacted. As a class, they discuss more in depth the issues they might face in college. To end the lesson, they research the life and works of Spike Lee and John Singleton.
To Encourage the Others (1972)
Students explore, examine and study Christian beliefs about punishment, justice and capital punishment. They view and analyze the way complex moral and ethical issues are dealt with in moving images like the screen/movie. Each student watches "To Encourage the Others."
Welcome to Film History and Literacy
High schoolers are introduced to the routine of film studies class. They view a short film from Jiri Trnka called "The Hand" and write out a response. They also complete a film survey to identify and discuss their film viewing habits.
Film Analysis Using the My Hero Film Collection: Identifying Genre, Techniques, and Message
Students access films on the MY HERO site and analyze them for film elements, techniques and message, and choose a favorite film to present to the class. Students watch films from the website and analyze the effectiveness of the message. Students define film elements and and techniques when presenting their film to the class. The class votes for their favorite film.
Making Predictions - The Injured Otter
Students practice making predictions. In this making predictions lesson, students watch a video segment regarding an otter separated from its family. Students predict what will happen to the otter and write narrative pieces from differing perspectives.
The Inuit Style of Film-making
Seventh graders examine the style of Inuit. In this Film lesson, 7th graders research the different ways to create a Hollywood film. Students read various articles on this style of art.
Who's Who in Early Documentary History
Young scholars discover some important people in the genre of documentaries. They examine their contributions made to the movement as well. They discover the history of documentaries as well.