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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

3-2-1 Vocabulary: Learning Filmmaking Vocabulary by Making Films

Bring the vocabulary of film to life through the processes of filmmaking. Students learn terminology and techniques simultaneously as they plan, film, and edit a short video.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Reading Movies and TV: Learning the "Language" of Moving-Image Texts

Introduce students to the idea that movies and TV have their own language and grammar, which gives them special ways of telling their stories.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Collaborating, Writing, Linking: Using Wikis to Tell Stories Online

Students become online authors in this lesson in which they write and post a short story using wiki technology.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis

Students stage a mock trial for a literary character, with groups of students acting as the prosecution, defense, and jury.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Walt Whitman as a Model Poet: "I Hear My School Singing"

Students first analyze Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing," then use Whitman's poem as a model as they create their own list poems.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Blurring Genre: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Diary of a Worm

After reading several examples of how a published author incorporates facts in fiction writing, students research a topic of their choice and write fictional diary entries that incorporate factual information.