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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 17 Views 13 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 76 Views 108 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Exploring Film Genres for Telling Hero Stories: Narrative Shorts
Young scholars explore the process of film making. In this filmmaking lesson, students write a script using a "hero" theme. Young scholars follow specific guidelines concerning creating montages, portraying particular scenes, developing a short story line, and considering audience.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
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 24 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Doing Business with Adaptations B: Why So Many Adaptations?
Art inspires art! How does the market drive the world of film adaptations? Studying the economic and social factors of film adaptations helps young readers discover why there are so many adaptations of printed texts. Additionally, they examine the ways the novel or source material for these adaptations is impacted by the process.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Examine the Media
Take a look at media though a critical lens. Class members cut out images of women from magazines and conduct a gallery walk, considering the portrayal of women and men in these images. They then read an article and discuss the content and images in small groups.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Pursuit of Excellence
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed.
7th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 26 Downloads
Political Asylum Talk Show
Learners view videos, visit websites, and read about the nature and changes made to the idea of political asylum. Beginning with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, they will explore policy change throughout the years. The lesson culminates in a simulation of discussions regarding the tragedy of SS St.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Exploring Arthurian Legend
Students investigate the evolution of the King Arthur stories and analyze them as a window into the culture that preserved them. They trace the legends through their earliest versions through medieval and Victorian times and into the present.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 42 Downloads
Journeying to Create
Show a video clip that descripes how taking a journey can change a person's outlook on life. Learners write a paragraph about a place that uses imagery and tone to create a specfic effect. They evaluate their journal entries as well.
9th - 12th Language Arts 20 Views 74 Downloads
Lesson Plan: A Miniature Game
Art inspires art, as children work to understand artistic forms that come from the imagination. They analyze the installation piece, Fox Games and then discuss the design process. They then use clay to create imaginative dioramas, similar to the inspiration piece.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
Lesson Plan: Newsflash!
Fox Games is an Installation piece that allows observers to walk through a clay environment. Kids analyze the piece, considering storytelling and perspectives of light. They imagine how different the piece would look at various times of day.
1st - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Seeing the Image in Imagery: A Lesson Plan Using Film
Begin The Great Gatsby by showing the opening half-hour of the film. Using this clip, discuss imagery with your class and assign each learner a type of imagery. Group learners together according to type of imagery and have them respond to questions.
11th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 43 Downloads
Movies in the Making
Combine visual and performing art in this creative lesson. Young filmmakers first choose a piece of art, along with music that matches the feel of the art, and write dialogue to go with the scene. They research the artist and record information on a data sheet.
11th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 66 Downloads
Questions for The Joy Luck Club film, 1993 version
Facilitate film analysis of The Joy Luck Club with these questions. As viewers watch the 1993 version by Wayne Wang of Amy Tan's classic novel, they explore key concepts specific to the film. Questions include description and higher-order thinking skills as well as crossover with history and other novels.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 8 Downloads
Film Festival: Documentaries for Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Times provides links to five short documentary films depicting Hispanic themes and culture. Learners can click on each embedded link to view the films, then answer each set of related analysis questions.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 38 Views 61 Downloads
Descending to the Challenge: Developing Documentaries About the Deep Ocean
The video clip that comprises the warm up is not available, but the related article from The New York Times and the movie trailer for Aliens of the Deep are, leaving enough material to make this a fascinating lesson on deep-sea exploration.
7th - 12th Science 5 Views 14 Downloads