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Effective Use of Videos to Build Literacy
We may ask students to analyze videos as texts in their own right, or we may ask them to compare and contrast videos with another text. We may ask students to produce their own videos. These resources may help students develop a variety of literacy skills:
- Avatar Writing Prompts
A 3-minute trailer with 3 writing prompts: one for K-2, one for 3-5, and one for 6-12.
- Charlotte's Web
Follow links to the trailer, a summary, and an educator's guide.
- Future States
Future States is a series of short narrative films from veteran and emerging filmmakers, transforming complex social issues into visions of our world in the decades to come. Explore free standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12.
- The Grammar of Television and Film
Extensive background information on camera angles, editing, sound, lighting, more.
- How to Close Read the Language of Film
Suggestions for how to teach this skill. Includes stills from Titanic, other films.
- I am David
Follow links to the movie trailer, a summary, and educator guides.
- Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts
After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions that challenge their ability to analyze literature using film. When the film is complete, students will write a letter to the director conveying their opinion of the film.
- Movie Trailers As Persuasive Texts
This page is a resource for teachers who want to consider using trailers to teach students about persuasive texts and techniques.
- Movie Trailers as Pre-reading Activities:
- Lesson plans on film as a genre
- Lesson plans for specific movies