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Teaching The Great Gatsby with the New York Times
East Egg, West Egg, the Valley of Ashes, and the green light. Bring Gatsby, the Jazz Age, and the American Dream to your classroom with a resource designed for teachers. Included in the treasury are six great teaching ideas for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, from creating a gallery walk to set the scene, to judging the adaptations (play, opera, film), to discussing the integrity and moral universe of the Gatsby characters.
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Diversity in Media: Looking Critically at What We See
This learning experience fosters awareness of representations we see, and don't see, in the media. Learners list TV programs, games, and films they enjoy, identify characters' ethnic, religious, (dis)ability, and sexual orientation status, assess whether what they see accurately represents where they live, and discuss equity or the lack of it in the media.
8th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Newberry 90 Second Movie
I love this project! We all read and summarize chapters with our students, but not like this. The class is broken into 4 groups, each group reads a different Newberry book and summarizes each chapter. They use their chapter summaries to storyboard and then write a script which will be filmed with a digital camera.
5th Visual & Performing Arts
Students evaluate and debate whether movies, television shows, and other mass media cause violent behavior in students and whether books are the same as or different from these other media in their potential for causing violent behavior in Students.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Let's Meet The Presidents
Create a digital movie documenting research about an American President. Using internet sources, students with special needs gather information about their chosen president. Working in groups, they use this information to create a digital movie giving a biographical account of the president's life.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History
Movies And Television
Students examine the impact movies and television have on society and the addictive and negative behaviors they can potentially promote. In this mass media lesson, students explore the ramifications that mass media has on young minds. Students discuss the shallow values and negatives attitudes that are often portrayed in mainstream movies and television.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
Play a vocabulary game with words from an article about Savion Glover's contribution to the film "Happy Feet." Then, small groups of students design and create original movie advertisements using vivid vocabulary to give Glover the recognition that the writer feels he deserves.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Mega-Mergers and Cross Marketing
Students tudents examine the influence and power of media mergers by studying the Space Jam cross-marketing phenomenon. The lesson begins with a discussion about the film Space Jam, with students responding to an article by Naomi Klein about the movie.
8th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts
Miscast and Seldom Seen
Consider how well students' favorite TV shows, movies and video games reflect the diversity of society. The lesson introduces your class to several media literacy concepts, such as how media conveys values and messages, as well as the possible consequences of these concepts.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Equal Protection of the Law: Fact or Fiction
High schoolers focus on the 14th Amendment of the Bill of Rights to decide whether or not racism denies citizens of their rights under the amendment. They watch a movie, Every Two Seconds and complete a worksheet (included in the plan) about the movie and the topics presented in it.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
A New Life, a New Home
Learners connect with an immigration unit through research, journal writing, digital photography, and a movie production using iMovie. By acting out the immigrant's experience, students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of their journey.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History