The Day The Earth Stood Still: What Is a Movie?

Middle schoolers explore the art of film with this carefully scaffolded series of lessons that introduces film genres, explores the narrative structure of films, and uses The Day the Earth Stood Still to model how to become active readers of film.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a DVD of the referenced film clips to use with the lessons
  • The series may be used as an introduction to a film as literature class, as a film unit, or as an introduction to science fiction films
  • Show the same scene from the 1951 Robert Wise film and from the 2008 Scott Derrickson version and have kids contrast the two 
Classroom Considerations
  • The first in a series of four resources that use The Day The Earth Stood Still as a core text
  • The four linked resources in the series are designed to be used together and in order
  • Although the DVD containing the film clips referenced in the lessons is no longer available, instructors can still use most of the materials
  • Adobe Acrobat is required to download worksheets and guides
  • The 27-page packet includes detailed lesson plans, activities, links to additional materials, and assessments
  • The DVD is no longer available