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Blackfish Movie Guide and Activities
***File revised on August 3, 2014. Updates include 1) correction of small typo, 2) font improvement, and 3) the addition of vocabulary assignments. I have created resources that may be used in conjunction to viewing the documentary, Blackfish. These resources can be used for any class, but is espec
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BLACKFISH - Print and Go Worksheets for Analysis of the SeaWorld Documentary
This two-page worksheet is a comprehensive way to ensure that students are watching the Blackfish documentary with purpose. The documentary explores SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales and interviews past and present employees and orca trainers. This information can then be used for informative o
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Blackfish Unit-Common Core Aligned!
This is a unit build around the documentary film Blackfish. It includes two study guides for the film, printer-friendly versions of articles related to the topic (both for and against Sea World), handouts on annotating text and writing an argument essay, a vocabulary activity, a jigsaw activity with
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DOCUMENTARY BUNDLE - BLACKFISH, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SUPER SIZE ME
This is a bundle of lessons covering award-winning documentaries BLACKFISH, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SUPER SIZE ME. PLUS - two worksheets - one on Aristotle's Means of Persuasion, and one that introduces students to begin working on their own persuasive campaign. This bundle includes three resour
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Blackfish vs. Sea World Argumentative Writing
I use this as a post-secondary argumentative essay in my class. This would go with an argumentative writing unit. It is recommended to either show the documentary "Blackfish" in class or have them watch it on their own time. The students will use argumentative methods through writing to take a stan
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Blackfish vs. Sea World Argumentative Writing RUBRIC
This goes with the Blackfish vs. Sea World Argumentative Writing. I use it with my post-secondary students. I am sure adaptations can be made for junior high and high school students.
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Blackfish Movie Guide (PG13 - 2013)
This incredibly powerful movie gives students the opportunity for critical and deep thinking. Take full advantage of that by using this movie guide. Journey through the movie as a class, pausing at the designated times, and discuss and answer the thought provoking questions. This guide has 13 high-
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Born to Be Wild – Compare and Contrast Writing
Note: Some of my products have some “out there” ideas. Make sure to look at the preview before purchasing. Everyone's classroom is unique and while these lessons work within my classroom, that may not be the case in another’s room. Throughout the years, there have been stories relating to animals a
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Blackfish Documentary Guide/Student Notes
This product contains TWO movie guides for the documentary, "Blackfish." One is a traditional guide with questions that go along with the film in chronological order. There is a completed answer key as well. In addition, I wanted my students to take notes/collect evidence during the film. The secon
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Blackfish Movie Questions - Intro to Persuasive Writing
Blackfish is a documentary about SeaWorld and how the orcas are treated there. It is a very engaging movie and the students gain a new perspective on a park that many of them have visited before. I use this movie as the jumping off point for my Persuasive Writing unit - the students write an essay a
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Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
This is a non-fiction ELA unit based on orcas that can be tied to the film Blackfish. The unit has pre-reading activities to get students interested in the activity. It includes highly structured MLA citation help (appropriate for the 7th and 8th grade level--which is generally being exposed to MLA
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The Cove and Blackfish Non-Fiction Questions
Worksheet of The Cove and Blackfish Non-Fiction Questions. One question refers to The Letter from Birmingham Jail but the rest look at injustice and how it is portrayed in the film as well as the opinions of the students.
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Blackfish Unit Prezi
Blackfish, a documentary made in 2013, follows the controversy that surrounds the capture and entertainment usage of killer whales in today’s society; the film also touches on the dangerous implications of these practices for both the animals and humans. The documentary has won eleven different film
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Listening Comprehension - Blackfish
A listening comprehension for the 2013 documentary Blackfish. This evaluation contains a short-answer section for 40 points (fill in the blanks and match the names and the descriptions) and a long-answer section for 40 points (24 questions). I also included a writing journal section which can be
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Endangered Blackfish Unit-Highly Engaging!-Aligned with CCSS-Grades 3-5
Cross-curricular and highly engaging unit that improves literacy and critical thinking skills. Created by teachers for teachers, this unit presents an example of a elementary level unit (grades 3-5). This is not just a unit about whales. This unit uses the endangered Southern Resident killer whale
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Blackfish Scene Analysis Booklet
This booklet is aimed for students to record notes while viewing the film, as well as serving as a resource for essay writing or post-viewing assessments.The booklet is divided into different scenes, where students are asked to analyse the scenes and identify the issues presented, how the audience i
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Endangered Blackfish Unit-Highly Engaging!-Aligned with CCSS-Grades 9-12
Cross-curricular and highly engaging unit that improves literacy and critical thinking skills. Created by teachers for teachers, this unit presents an example of a high school level unit that has been piloted in two high schools. Pilot classes involved four sophomore Biology classes of over thirty s
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Argumentative Paragraph Assignment- Blackfish
This assignment was created to be used in conjunction with the documentary Blackfish; however, it can be used with any nonfiction text or film. It's a short writing assignment to help students better write paragraphs for argumentative research papers. Ideally, it should be used before students write
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Blackfish- Sea World's Response After Viewing Activity
In this A3 print out, students: a) Are directed to SeaWorld's dedicated website to their response to the documentary. They read and then record their response on the sheet b) Answer post-viewing questions c) Write a letter to SeaWorld responding to the claims from the documentary Can take 1 to 2 l
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BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE - Print and Go Worksheets for Analysis of the Documentary
The Columbine tragedy affected the world. It was the first in a wave of school shootings and people have fought to understand why and how it could have happened. Michael Moore's award-winning documentary seeks to unearth the background to America's gun crimes and questions everything from causes to
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SUPER SIZE ME - Print & Go Worksheets for Analysis of the Fast Food Documentary
Obesity is second only to smoking as the biggest killer in the United States. Morgan Spurlock's award-winning documentary highlights the dangers of fast food in a hilarious and shocking way. This two-page worksheet is a comprehensive way to ensure that students are watching the 'Super Size Me' docu
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Nonfiction: Animal Captivity Unit
This unit focuses on the inhumane treatment of animals in captivity. The unit uses three sources; a Newsela nonfiction article, the 'Blackfish" documentary and a CNN article in response to the video. After collecting appropriate information about the topic the students write an formal business lette
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Should Orcas be Kept in Captivity? HOT TOPIC-DEBATE
This is a 78 page collection of directions and various articles and links, pre-post tests to address this very current topic. A Scholastic News article is listed, I know many teacher do purchase this for their class, and this can be used, otherwise use one of the many articles. You will have to pur
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Argument Essay Based on Orka Whales and Animal Cruelity
This high interest argument essay will give students practice researching cited evidence using informational text, the movie Blackfish, and an interview by a former SeaWorld trainer which will become the counter argument of the essay. Students are encouraged to complete further research on the topic
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