I know I have a bunch of eclectic followers. Admit it! So why not have your kids learn about film noir? Yes . . . the pinnacle for eclectic cool!
This multi-faceted, technology and media-enhanced unit will have your kids wanting to grow goatees, watch vintage Humphrey Bogart movies, drink espresso, wear berets, attend poetry slams, listen to NPR, and read Dostoevsky. Plus, just think of all the fun you’ll have answering this question: “So . . . what are your GT kids doing?”
Think. Reflect. Analyze. Explain. Demonstrate. Be productive, and have fun!
Time: about 6 or 7 hours
Level: 4th-8th GATE
Cost of Project: 5 cents per student
Included here are explanations, links to resources, student samples, templates, ready-to-print activity sheets, and Common Core references. Most of the materials required to complete the project are commonly found in the classroom. You’ll be ready to start teaching this tomorrow.
Noir in Photography: Students analyze primary source photos in small group and class discussions. This activity contains extension ideas which might be used to further challenge students. Students demonstrate an understanding of tone and mood in photos through the use of a graphic organizer and additional primary source photos.
Film Noir: Students learn about the style and content of film noir through an informative piece of literature and then respond in writing to an interpretive question. Furthermore, students watch videos to learn about specific noir film techniques and then apply what they know to actual vintage trailers of noir films.
Building a Noir Mystery: This is the heart of the unit! We’re going to make a mystery poster for a hallway display. The goal is for classmates to figure out the identity of their classmate whose silhouette is mysteriously shrouded in the shadows on the poster. Our poster will feature written clues in a “case file,” a mysterious shadowed silhouette set against even more shadows, and an extra secret clue featuring an “eyelight” photo.
Noir Parody: Students learn about parody and apply their understanding to a Rugrats cartoon episode which spoofs “The Maltese Falcon.” Students will need to support specific details from the episode with written explanations.
Hidden Detectives: Students create clothespin detectives, villains, or glamorous and mysterious women in another mystery adventure for the rest of the class. It’s a variation on the old “hide the thimble game” – with a written twist.