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Descriptive Video: Using Media Technology to Enhance Writing

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time One 45-minute session
Lesson Author

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

Kathleen Benson Quinn

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Student Interactives

Professional Library



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Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Lights, Cameras, Pencils! Using Descriptive Video to Enhance Writing

Read and write with the movies using an innovative technology called Descriptive Video.


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