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Behind the Ad: The Process of Producing a Political Commerical
High schoolers examine how advertisements are produced for political campaigns. In groups, they view various examples of different advertisements and create their own ad by completing the steps listed in the lesson plan. They share their ad with the class and participate in a discussion about the values it portrays.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
What Makes the Writer Write
Students chose a novel which includes social criticism to read. After reading the book, they use the internet to research the issue in the novel and work with others to develop a presentation. In their presentation, they identify the problem and identify possible solutions.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
Yeah, but is it real? Clips from the famous documentary film series 56 UP launches an examination of the differences between reality television and documentaries. After considering the characteristics of each format, class members consider whether they would want to be filmed for a reality television show or a documentary.
9th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 Language Arts 7 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
5 Broken Cameras: How Storytellers Shape the Story
5 Broken Cameras, the award-winning documentary nominated for a 2013 Academy Award and winner of the Sundance 2012 Directors Award is the focus of a resource packet that includes a lesson plan, discussion guide, reading lists, background information, a photo slide show, clips from the film, and links to related articles and books.
9th - Higher Ed Language Arts 27 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Designed
John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath": The Inner Chapters
Here’s a must-have resource for anyone using The Grapes of Wrath. Everything from guiding question to background information, from photographs to documentary films, from activities to assessments is included in a richly detailed packet designed to show readers the tight relationship between the Joad narrative and the inner or intercalary chapters of John Steinbeck’s acclaimed novel.
9th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Plessy v. Ferguson & the Roots of Segregation
How far in the past do the roots of Jim Crow and segregation extend? Your young historians will closely consider this question using detailed PowerPoint slides as a basis for discussion rather than lecture, and culminating in an activity where class members create an exhibit for a museum on segregation.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Unexpected Family History
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect of slavery in the US.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Deep Ocean Mysteries and Wonders
A multi-media lecture by oceanographer, David Gallo, increases intrigue about our amazing oceans. He introduces the audience to underwater geology and biology with actual research footage. Where this is not specific to any one area of marine biology or physical oceanography, it could be used at the beginning of a unit to pique interest.
8 mins 6th - 9th Science 10 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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Innovation, politics, race, war...these themes are continuously evident in humanity over the course of history, and are revealed with spectacular imagery and commentary by famed documentarian Ken Burns. While primarily focusing on American history, this is a must-have app for history teachers in general, as Burns masterfully weaves scenes from his documentaries to establish meaningful connections across generations.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Rights, Remixes, and Respect
It is very easy to access creative work online, and some individuals are not aware of all the rules that accompany using someone else's original work. Show your class the difference between inspiration and using without permission. The plan includes a video link, a terminology review, a debate activity where groups role play, wrap-up questions, extension activities, and an assessment with an answer key.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Media: Between the Lines
Learners in grades four through eight discuss, engage, and interact online to better grasp the concept of media. They will identify types of media, deconstruct media, understand how they personally use or interact with media, and work to build digital literacy skills.
4th - 8th 21st Century Skills 61 Views 92 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Introduction to Pre-production: Developing Ideas
Continue with creating documentaries with the fourth lesson in a series. After explaining the concept of preproduction, send groups off to make some decisions about their films. Groups can use the handout and the four provided questions to guide their discussion.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Writing and Developing Storyboards
Storyboarding is an essential part of planning a film. Introduce your class to storyboarding and allow groups time to plan out their documentaries in this sixth lesson in a series about creating documentaries. Class members review an included handout and observe as the instructor models how to storyboard before breaking into their groups.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 16 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Cinematic Journey Through Visual Effects
George Méliès realized in the early days of cinema that, "Films have the ability to capture dreams." From classic movies like A Trip to the Moon, The Lost World, and Metropolis, to more modern marvels like Blade Runner, Jurassic Park, and Avatar, visual effects have been making the impossible a reality for over 100 years.
7 mins 9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 14 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
STEMbite: DVD Players
Hear a complete explanation of how a DVD player works. Data is stored in the spiraling groove of a compact disc, and a laser follows the groove, reading the peaks and valleys as 1s and 0s. The teacher even explains the difference between the traditional DVD and a Blu-ray disc.
2 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Disability Awareness Activity Packet
When you have an inclusive classroom it is important to help your general education students understand their peers with disabilities. This packet provides information and activities to assist elementary-aged children in building a better grasp of what life is like for children with disabilities.
Pre-K - Higher Ed Special Education 98 Views 77 Downloads
A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Whether new to teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or an experienced pro, you’ll find useful resources in this teacher’s guide. The 40-page packet includes background information, historical context, an annotated list of characters, a synopsis of the novel, discussion questions, a list of significant quotations, and activities for each block of chapters, writing prompts, and a detailed list of group and individual project ideas.
10th - 12th Language Arts 39 Views 24 Downloads