The provided FREE Common Core rigorous activity explores the development of plot structure, tone, theme, and character development in a popular movie trailer from 2014. The activities are tied to the Common Core standards RL2, RL3, RL4, RL5, SL2, and SL3. The activity focus on the analysis of how authors develop plot structure (foreshadowing, flashback, suspense, humor, and mystery), tone, theme, and complex characters in a movie trailer. The activity includes a teacher answer key to assist you in your guided feedback to students. The movie trailer is in an .AVI format so they can be played on almost any video player, computer, and tablet. The video is embedded on the Word document so that you do not have to look for the movie clip. Students will answer the following questions for the movie trailer:
1. How does the complex character (hero/heroine) develop over the course of the movie trailer? (RL3)
2. How does the movie trailer manipulate time using foreshadowing and/or flashback? (RL3)
3. What are the tones of the movie trailer? (RL4)
4. How do language, music, and cinematography in the clip develop a tone for the viewer? (RL4)
5. How does the music and cinematography in the trailer build suspense, mystery, tension, or humor for the viewer? (RL5)
6. How is the theme of the movie trailer introduced and developed? (RL2)
The trailer is from the following popular movie title:
• The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014)
Free Common Core Activity for Plot Structure, Theme, and Tone in a Movie Trailer
by Dr. Joel C. Boyce
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
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