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K-12 Subjects
10 11 12

Taking a Stand - Choosing a Documentary Subject

This lesson engages students in creating a subject and thesis for their documentary productions. Students work in a collaborative environment to determine the focus of their documentary productions. Students are introduced to counterargument and begin to pose counterarguments for their productions. This is ideally the first step in documentary pro…

10 11 12

Research, Research, and More Research - Planning the Documentary

In this lesson, students are introduced to the diverse methods of research required to create an informative documentary. Students use this knowledge to begin researching to identify and process evidence to support their thesis created in Lesson 2 "Take A Stand" as well as their counterarguments. Students also explore visual, sound, and story ele…

10 11 12

Documentary Production Cycle - Completing the Documentary

In this culminating lesson, students will complete a shooting documentary flexible script, shoot their story, and edit their footage. Students review Freytag Pyramid and utilize everything they have been learning to create their documentary films.

8 9 10 11 12 A

What is an Infomercial? Creating the Storyboard

What is an infomercial? To kick off the unit and grab the student's attention, students will view a familiar infomercial. During this lesson, students will study the formation of a professional infomercial through individual and group activities. This is lesson 1of 4 project based lessons.

8 9 10 11 12 A

The Infomercial Script

In the second of four lessons, student groups will write the script for their Infomercial. Students will also name and create the slogan for the group's energy drink. This will help bring the product to life.

10 11 12

The What and Why of Documentary

Students are introduced to the influence of documentaries, the characteristics of a documentary film and focus questions that will guide them through the analysis of effective documentary films and the production of their own expository documentary.

9 10 11 12 A

Editing the Infomercial Footage

Lesson 4 of 4 is a culminating activity in which students will utilize materials and footage from Lessons 1, 2 & 3 to edit their infomercials. Students should have editing experience prior to completing this lesson.

9 10 11 12 A

Filming the Infomercial

In Lesson 3 of 4, students are introduced to the production process. Students will begin the production phase by filming their infomercial using the storyboard, script, and product created in Lessons 1 & 2.

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