Filmmaking Teacher Resources
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To Kill a Mockingbird: What Is a Movie?
The challenge film makers face when creating a film based on a novel or nonfiction text is the focus of a interdisciplinary resource that uses To Kill a Mockingbird to teach viewers how to read the visual images of film. A must-have...
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson: Daria Martin: Body as Language
There is a wonderful magic that happens when artists collaborate. Kids examine storytelling through collaborative art. Inspired by Rodin's sculpture Minotaur, Daria Martin and Anna Halprin create a filmed dance sequence. Kids analyze the...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Introduction to Film Editing
Editing is a major part of making an amazing film. Young film makers examine a clip from the movie Citizen Kane. They then discuss two editing techniques and examine them in other films. They write out short scenes, film them, and then...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film
Students explore women's history through films and filmaking. They explore various websites, conduct research on a famous woman, and in small groups write and produce a screenplay based on an autobiographical narrative.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Armadillo: Reporting on War
Point of view is everything, especially when reporting about the war in Afghanistan. Class members compare and contrast the same event from the war in Afghanistan as reported by five different sources. Learners are also asked to rank the...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Historical and Cultural Context
An insult to American politicians? A satire of news media? Or a critique of censorship, political corruption, and media propaganda? As part of a unit study on film, class members examine how director Frank Capra's develops these themes...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
To Kill A Mockingbird: Film Language and Elements Of Style
The frame, the shot, the sequence. As part of a unit study of Robert Mulligan's film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, class members learn to read the visual text of the film, examining the composition of frames and shorts, camera...
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Plea Bargains
The outcome of 90 percent of criminal cases in the US is determined by plea bargains. Clips from the documentary Better This World create the backdrop for an investigation of the benefits and drawbacks of the plea bargaining process....
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Become a Journalist
Explore the newspaper as a unique entity with a detailed and extended unit. The unit requires learners to consider the newspapers' role in democracy, think about ethics, practice writing and interviewing, and examine advertising and news...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Democracy in Action: Freedom Riders
This is a must-have resource for every social studies teacher covering the civil rights movement. Through an engaging video and detailed viewing guide, young historians learn about the Freedom Riders, and discover how everyday...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring Film Genres for Telling Hero Stories: Narrative Shorts
Students research that a narrative film tells a story using camera movement, sound, lighting, editing and other film making techniques. The audience must be taken into consideration when making a film. They explore what makes their hero...
5th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
On the Scene: Analyzing Scenes in Film and Literature
Students examine how a scene in a movie or in literature is constructed. For this film and literature lesson students answer questions based on film clips then create storyboards depicting a scene from their life.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Shakespearean Comedy on Film
This activity will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable