Students explore films in the MY HERO Film Library, and choose their favorite to share with the class.
This lesson takes two days, one for viewing, choosing, and briefly writing about a favorite film, and one day for presenting and discussing chosen films.
Previous instruction: definitions of documentary and narrative films, including the common elements and techniques of each.
5 minutes: Warm up: (Review) Quick Write:
1) What kinds of things do you expect to see in a documentary film?
2) What kinds of things do you expect to see in a narrative film?
10 minutes: Pair Share/Class:
Students discuss their review of the elements and techniques of documentary and narrative films, while the teacher models note taking on a projected Word document (which can remain projected while students are involved in the lesson to remind them of the purpose of their viewing).
5 minute: Introduction to MyHero.com
The teacher projects the MY HERO website home page.
Class discusses the menu bars to determine where films can be found on the site. Teacher follows the links suggested by students to explore how the MY HERO site organizes films.
Individuals or small groups watch films of their choice on the MY HERO site.
Each student fills in the following information for each film they watch (adding on to the paper they used for the warm up): (The teacher can list this on the board.)
DESCRIPTION OF WHAT HAPPENS (SYNOPSIS)
FILM TECHNIQUES I NOTICED/LIKED
THE FILM'S MESSAGE:
10 minutes before the end of class, students stop viewing films and each individual chooses their favorite one. Students put an asterisk next to their notes about their favorite film. On the bottom of their paper they write the name of their favorite film and explain why.
MY FAVORITE FILM WAS:
Students should mention specific film elements or techniques in addition to other comments when explaining what they liked.
Collecting Student Work--The Exit Ticket
The teacher stands at the door and collects these papers as "Exit Tickets." (Students don't get out without turning it in.)
From the previous day's notes, prepare a list of the chosen films and their running time. Only a few minutes of longer works can be shown. The teacher can decide exactly how much time can be spent on each film. For larger classes a third day may be needed for additional viewing.
-We'll watch your favorite films from the MY HERO website.
-For the film you chose, you'll identify the genre, film techniques or elements you liked, and the film's message.
Films are projected.
The individuals or small groups who chose the film identify the genre, explain the elements of the film that they liked, and describe what they thought the message was.
The teacher encourages short discussions on whether other students had a different idea about the message, enforcing the idea that different people see media in different ways.
Wrap-up discussion questions:
1) What did the films we like have in common?
2) What elements of what we saw in these films would we like to apply to films we make?
3) If we were giving film awards what awards would we give these films?
Students can vote for the class favorite film, summing up what it is about the film that makes it the best for this audience.
ADAPTION FOR MEDIA LITERACY
Have students analyze their favorite film for basic media literacy questions:
-Who created this film? What was their purpose in creating it? What persuasive or storytelling techniques did they use? What is the message of the film? What techniques were used to get the message across effectively?
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Last edited 7/23/2020 12:18:31 AM by Jerrilyn Jacobs