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[teacherartexchange] STORY OF MOVIES LESSONS


From: Sara (sarawren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 14 2005 - 23:37:57 PDT

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Making Movie Storyboards

visual storytellers communicate with their audiences.

Project Overview
The Story of Movies, an innovative educational initiative for middle
schools, is the first ever partnership of filmmakers and educators to create
a curriculum which aims to help students better understand and interpret the
language of film and visual images. This unique program features newly
created national film study standards that enable educators to teach
students about the historical, social, and cultural significance of film. By
teaching students how to "read" a film, and placing motion pictures in the
context of history, art and society, The Story of Movies empowers students
to explore their own creativity and critical-thinking skills, to help them
gain a greater respect for the diversity of their culture as well as areas
of common interest - skills of crucial importance in today's multi-cultural
student population.

The six underlying objectives of The Story of Movies project are for
students to:

  a.. Understand the historical and artistic development of American movies;
  b.. Understand the social, cultural and artistic significance of film;
  c.. Think critically about social issues, such as racism, politics,
democratic ideals, war, history and culture, as depicted in movies;
  d.. Use film as a cultural shorthand that speaks across the multi-ethnic,
multi-cultural world in which they live;
  e.. Think creatively and critically, not only in the movie theater but in
all aspects of their lives, and certainly with all artistic communication;
  f.. Embrace the American multi-cultural experience and achieve a deeper
understanding of their own place in a diverse national culture.
Program Components
The Story of Movies' curriculum will focus on the study of three core
films - TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962, d. Robert Mulligan), THE DAY THE EARTH
STOOD STILL (1951, d. Robert Wise), and MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939,
d. Frank Capra) - allowing for in-depth study of each film, as well as film
language and process. Additional titles will be added in 2006.

Each film unit has five interrelated components:

  a.. Teacher's Guide featuring lessons with teaching objectives, detailed
step-by-step instructions for presenting each activity, and answer keys;
  b.. Student Activity Booklet which includes graphic organizers, screening
sheets to be used while viewing the film clips, as well as reading, writing,
visual thinking, and group activities worksheets;
  c.. DVD featuring film clips and original mini-documentaries, as well as
movie stills and photographs;
  d.. DVD of the feature film for in-depth study;
  e.. Website ( featuring Take 2 extension activities
and a Teacher's Lounge that allows educators to exchange teaching strategies
and successes. The website also features additional materials, which
teachers can download and integrate with each Teaching Unit.

To learn more about The Film Foundation and The Story of Movies, please



lesson gives students the opportunity to explore the importance of images in
telling a story in film. Students analyze movie clips and identify some
visual cues that help them understand the story. Then they learn to identify
close-up versus wide shots and think about how each is useful to visual
storytelling. Using an interactive Web site, students learn the importance
of shot sequence in conveying meaning. They then work collaboratively to
storyboard a passage from a book they are reading and finally present their
storyboards to an audience in the form of a PowerPoint slide show. At the
screening of their PowerPoint "movies," the visual storytellers field
questions from the audience regarding their work.

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