Part of Unit: The Art of Seeing
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Students will learn to use and apply tools in Adobe Photoshop CS to cut out green screen from their posed photos, add these edited poses to pre-selected backgrounds, and use text to annotate captions to create story pages for their digital story.
- There is one-on-one student to computer ratio where computers are pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- AME.A.A220.127.116.11 Proficient - Develop and refine skill in the manipulation of digital imagery (ei...
- AME.A.A2.3 Use technology to create a variety of audio, visual, written, and electronic pro...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.6 Demonstrate use of sophisticated learning tools by following technical direction...2
Student Objectives / Goals
- Students will chromakey green screen out of their pictures.
- Students will use layers in Photoshop to add chromakeyed pictures on top of their backgrounds.
- Students will use the text tool to add captions to each page.
- Lesson and Lab
- 2 Hours
Activities in this Lesson
- Activity #1 - Hooks / Set
Set-up: Have the print versions of the model digital stories (same models and links as in the Elements of Plot lesson) displayed in the front of the classroom. On the computer, open and set up the “Chroma Key in Photoshop Tutorial”.
Also, make sure to have practice images (football player in front of a green screen and a background picture) that can be accessed from a server or downloaded from a specific site (possibly upload these images to a shared folder in a network folder OR use something like Mediafire and provide a link to the files shared there)
After students have come in and sat down at their computer stations, immediately play the “Chroma Key in Photoshop Tutorial” Video . (2:35 minutes)
After the Video plays, teacher asks: “What did you see in the presentation you just saw on the screen?” [Allow some students to volunteer some answers.]
- Activity #2 - Lecture
Teacher says: “As you can see, the video showed how a green screen image can be merged with a background to create a whole new image. You will be taking some of your green screen images and putting them into your backgrounds so that you can put your story pages together for your digital story.”
Pick up the print examples of digital stories.
Teacher says: “To remind you of what the final product will look like, let’s take a look at the examples. [Flip through the book and walk around, showcasing the final product example.] First of all, as you can see, this is a story, thus there is a plot. In a previous lesson, you prepared a story outline, downloaded or took pictures of backgrounds you need for your story, and took pictures of poses you needed. Secondly, when you wrote your outline, you made lists of poses and where they fit in your backgrounds. Today, you will use Photoshop to layer your poses into the appropriate backgrounds.”
“ Before we start, let’s go over some requirements. Then, we will introduce/review Photoshop tools and layers so that you can effectively create your pages.”
Ask students to take out some paper so they can write down these requirements for their digital story pages:
Digital Story Pages shall…
… be 8.5 X 11 inches at 300 dpi
… use of appropriate backgrounds
… have clean chromakeyed poses, recolored to fit backgrounds
use text layers to tell the part of the story related to the page
After handing it out, review the requirements by modeling each step.
- Activity #3 - Demo / Modeling
- Activity #4 - Check Understanding
- Activity #5 - Independent Practice
Students will now take up their backdrops and green screen poses. Students will be given time to put their chromakeyed poses into their backdrops and add text they have to each composite picture.
*Remind students to save each and every document and to save them often as they work.
- Activity #6 - Closure
When students feel they are done with all of their pages, have them take their outlines back out. Then, have them compare the outline to their digital story pages. Teacher says: “Do you have all the components of your story in digital format? Do you think you can put the digital pages in order and come up with the same story you have as an outline?”
Ask the students to rename their files in the following format:
“ Student last name – Page #”
They will relabel each digital story page in order of how the plot is ordered in their outline. This way, they can double check to see if they have all the story pages they need and have those story pages be in chronological order.
Teacher says: “Now, in the next lesson, we will take your pages and put them into a single file so we can print them and bind them together.”
- Assessment Types:
Finished pages (chromakeyed pictures, text, etc., need to be included)