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3-2-1 Vocabulary: Learning Filmmaking Vocabulary by Making Films
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Ten 45- to 60-minute instruction sessions plus one 60-minute evaluation session.|
Students are introduced to the vocabulary of film as they go through the process of creating a short original film. This unit provides instruction on key aspects of digital video filmmaking: plotting, script, storyboarding, camera work (shots, angles), and editing (transitions, title, credits, visual effects, sound effects, etc.). Once students are familiar with the techniques and terms introduced in this lesson, they can apply their new skills to bring other content areas to life through filmmaking. The activities involved in filmmaking can be particularly helpful to English language learners (ELLs) because the visual component helps ELL’s consolidate their knowledge.
Plot Diagram Interactive: Use this interactive tool for planning the basic structure of the script.
Crossword Puzzles Interactive: This interactive tool can be used as either a practice assessment or final evaluation tool to assess students’ knowledge of filmmaking terminology.
Welsh, J.L., Kozdras, D.A., King, J.R., & Schneider, J. (2009). Media literacy summer camp: What works and why. In J.C. Richards & C.A. Lassonde (Eds.), Literacy tutoring that works: A look at successful in-school, after-school, and summer programs (pp. 182–195). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.