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 reluct
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 activit
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 common
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 pro
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 inc
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
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 app
Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are a study in opposites. Interestingly, they were both rivals and friends. They died on the same day--July 4, 1826-- fifty years to the day of signing the Declaration of Independence. Wouldn't you want to spend some time comparing them?
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 acclaimed
Did you know you can save your entire PowerPoint slide show as a movie with transitions, sounds, and everything included?
Just go to save your PowerPoint like you normally would when it is done and select, SAVE AS, then pick, WINDOWS MEDIA VIDEO. It is saved as a WMV movie file. Students can then u
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 of
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.
Alberto Cairo is a true humanitarian. Your students will be inspired by physical therapist Cairo's compelling story of how he learned to listen to the people he served, amputees in war-torn Afghanistan. Cairo is a master storyteller, and his approach to restoring dignity can be applied to service lea
Flipped classroom- are you curious?
Salman Khan of the wildly popular Khan Academy (millions of YouTube hits) proposes to transform the traditional method of instruction, the classroom lecture. By using interactive, short videos that students can pause, repeat or play on their time, he argues for u
The Common Core is all about rigorous text study. This lesson compares a travel writing piece on the violence of bullfighting to a Federico Garcia Lorca poem about the death of bullfighter.
Included in the lessons are links to several videos, a viewing guide and answer key, biographical information
This learning segment includes a 25 question film viewing guide, a 10 question quiz and lesson plan tips with resources for the award-winning documentary film based on the 1963 Civil Rights era bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. National standards are included for Engli
Step-by-Step How-To for complete film writing analysis. This 36 page guide has two parts: Getting Started and Writing Your Essay.
This easy-to-follow guide includes:
What is film analysis?
Literary Analysis and Film Concepts
How to Watch and Take Notes
This classic American film, one of Alfred Hitchcock's best, has been used for years to introduce film terminology, film techniques and critical film viewing. Despite its age, it never gets old. Students will be enthralled to view the film and may even have visited the Orlando attraction that contains
A mathematician, a magician, and an incredible instructor take the audience on a thrilling ride as Harvey Mudd College professor, Dr. Arthur Benjamin, computes so fast he beats calculators.
Students will be enthralled with Benjamin's talk and internalize his trick, employing mnemonics, or memory cu
Want a fun way to analyze poetry, theme, character, plot, and figurative language? Check out these graphic organizers to hit tons of standards and watch a classic G rated movie: The Wizard of Oz!
This classic movie analysis is a great addition to any poetry unit and fun for the end of the year.
The movie 'Dead Poet's Society' features Robin Williams as an instructor at a small college-prep New England school for boys. Williams is an excellent example of a master teacher. His characteristics of good teaching are a model for all new and veteran teachers, and finding these characteristics are
This multi-day lesson incorporates an engaging episode of PBS's American Experience series that recounts the last days of Martin Luther King, Jr. including King's prophetic speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop."
Included in the packet: A two day teaching lesson, a group activity for an oral presen
This product is a minilesson for 90-120 minutes using the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s video entitled “The Path to Nazi Genocide”:
It includes questions for teachers to orally ask students prior to beginning each section of the 38 minute video (which includes a
SIMA Engagement Models are designed to inspire global learning and civic skill-building in dynamic and interactive ways. In conjunction with utilizing SIMA Films, educators can employ these models as Lesson Plans or incorporate them into pre-existing curricula across multiple disciplines and class fo
This worksheet can be used as an in-class assignment, quiz, or test.
For this assignment, students compare the ideas, characters, and events of a text and its movie version. It ends with a question about how cinematic elements (lighting, sound, special effects) can have an affect on a story.