Two Thumbs Up--Five enjoyable activities that finally legitimize showing movies in the classroom—Vine Ripened Tomatoes
The best sub lesson plans ever. Stand in line if you have to. These critical and engaging activities are worth the wait—Educators Rock Magazine
Winner of the Palme d’Or for educational, fun activities—Common Core Film Festival
Common Core isn’t just about reading, writing, and math. An entire strand is devoted to improving students’ listening and speaking skills which includes helping students understand and evaluate information from a diversity of sources, like visual media (CCSS ELA—SL2). In other words, they can and should watch movies.
Turning movies from passive entertainment to a critical learning experience is no easy task-- especially when you are trying to develop standards-based lessons that are also enjoyable for your students.
Here at Uncommon Core we have developed a unit plan that accomplishes this task for you, freeing you to devote your energy to something more important--teaching your students. What’s more, our lessons are self-directed and work great as substitute lesson plan. Yes, leave your class with a movie without the underlying guilt. They will be working on college and career readiness goals when you are gone.
Our five comprehensive lesson plans work for any dramatic movie, from Shindler’s List to To Kill a Mockingbird. Once your students have completed our engaging activities, we guarantee they will never watch a movie passively again.
These self-contained activities are suitable for substitute teachers, homeschoolers, or any subject teacher who wants to enhance the educational value of movies. As a bonus we have included our critical discussion activity as an option for scaffolding each assignment.
Attention English teachers—these activities also work great for teaching short stories and novels.
Common Core Movie Unit: 5 all-purpose film activities & BONUS discussion guide
by Janet Mason
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Based on a work at www.uncommoned.com