The Odyssey, a TV miniseries starring Armand Assante (1997) stars an all-star cast and sets a gold standard for the English and World History classroom. Students love it and your Common Core lessons can come to life with this engaging film as a supporting text. It is especially appropriate for reluc
Movie Viewing Guide – Show any movie while students practice meaningful skills! These eye-catching movie response pages allow you to comfortably show a movie knowing students are analyzing topics such as setting, characterization, tone, mood, conflict, and theme. Three additional post-viewing activi
Review the types of irony, fairy tale elements, and plot! This is a set of 15 questions to accompany the movie Shrek. Also included are two brief review boxes that cover common fairy tale elements and the types of irony. There are questions that address the elements of setting, plot, irony and commo
Meet internet viral sensation Joe Smith in this incredibly powerful five-minute inspirational TED Talk from April 2012. Smith's funny and practical speech on how to use only one paper towel is a hit. Smith's fascinating use of persuasive appeals to present his argument will captivate students and pr
This Book to Movie Comparison Chart can be used with any movie that was made from a novel or story. The chart helps students to analyze the differences in a movie version and the actual text of the novel or story. Students will record additions and deletions and tell why they thought the director of
Nobel Prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, is arguably the greatest Latin American author. His recent death brought to light the impact his work made on modern audiences.
Introduce students to Garcia-Marquez and Magical Realism through the variety of video, audio and art links that are in
Brain scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor experienced her life's work firsthand when a massive hemorrhage caused a major stroke. Her spellbinding story, complete with an actual human brain and a description of her out of body experience, will amaze and inspire your students.
The viewing guide contains
I teach this story and movie together to address several common core standards. The story itself is great for teaching irony, and narrative elements. The movie is vastly different from the story which allows you to address core standard:
RL.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production o
Practice with the Synthesis- Keats Poetry and "Bright Star"
The poetry of John Keats not only is commonly taught in high school but is an exemplar on the Common Core curriculum map. Teach these two poems- "Ode to a Nightingale" and "La Belle Dame sans Merci"- along with the 2010 critically acclaime
Each generation has a beloved retelling of the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson mysteries. Fortunately, the BBC’s excellent “Sherlock” series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provides an engaging and excellent companion to the stories students love to read and we love to teach.
TED Talks bring some of the greatest thinkers and innovators of our time into the classroom in high tech, high definition short videos.
This 10-question viewing guide allows students to respond, record and reflect on math teacher and blogger Dan Meyer's TED Talk where he outlines his innovative ap