Film Activity-An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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The Twilight Zone episode of the famous Ambrose Bierce short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is widely available on YouTube or for DVD purchase. The black and white format and dream-like storytelling, however, can be hard at times for students to follow. Before or after reading the story, show the film and have students "doodle on topic." This is a very engaging way to let students draw/sketch things that stand out to them as they watch the film. Make sure they know to fill the page, but that the quality of their artwork will not be graded; they just need to explain how the drawings reflect the story. This will help those students who are nervous because they can't draw well. It will also give you as a teacher a very unique look into how they process the story and information (concrete vs. abstract is clear).
The back of the doodle sheet then has questions for students to answer after the film. Give them a few minutes to work on this on their own, then get them into small groups to discuss. End with a large group discussion of their findings and how doodling on topic is a great study skill to use during lectures, films or other times when they need to take notes. You'll be amazed how much more they can remember from their pictures then they will from written notes! This was a huge aha moment for me as a teacher!
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Film Activity-An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge