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- Damaris M., Teacher
- Downey, CA
Filmmaking Teacher Resources
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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.
Students 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.
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.
Middle schoolers write descriptions, narratives, and dialogues based on objects of art and time periods in a museum. They base several writing assignments on art objects and paintings, including a literal description and an emotional story. They then create a dialogue between two art objects and choose a time period as a setting for a story. If your class won't be visiting a museum in the near future, you could use photographs or a slide show of famous art.
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts lesson plan. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their narrative movie script. They work through a writing process to write their narrative. A rubric includes ways for them to focus on precise language and story organization.
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. In the final assessment, they can rehearse and perform their skit for the class.
In this word meanings in context worksheet, students read the passage about computer graphics and think about the meanings of the words versatile, procedure, manipulate, dispatch, footage, simulate, and equilibrium. Students finish by writing the vocabulary word on the line next to its meaning.