This project covers many different skills required in the English Language Arts curriculum including viewing, writing, reading, and listening.
The sections of the project are outlined below:
1. Before Viewing: Students view the poster and explain its effects in terms of symbolism with the use of some of the elements and principles of design. Students also view the trailer and read background information provided on the film. (Links and details are provided in the PowerPoint.)
2. While Viewing: Students are given a few key questions to think about the elements of fiction in conjunction with the film.
3. After Viewing: Students are guided through a writing task and then through an investigation task. Reflection questions are provided.
I have provided both the PowerPoint and a PDF file so you can pick and choose what sections of the project you would like to use. This project is a good way of using film in the classroom to get students thinking critically about what they watch.
This project works well with a media unit but could also be used in conjunction with a book of a similar theme. I have also used the project just on its own after teaching some of the key concepts addressed in the project (like elements and principles of design, elements of fiction, bias, paragraph structure, etc.).
I have used this project with grade 9 and 10 students and higher level EAL/ESL students. It could also work with higher grades, however.
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