Early Cinema: The History of the Motion Picture



This lesson takes students through the invention of the Motion Picture including an introduction of early mechanisms, discussion of the pre-conditions for the invention, early genres, Lumiere, Edison, and the studio system. The formative assessment includes a visual slide presentation and the summative assessment, a cinema research decade project/visual slide presentation. Another option would be to incorporate an introduction to editing software and then the students create their final projects in the timeline of the software, learning interface, motion properties, audio, titles and transitions.

Lesson Time

One block period
90 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)
California Academic Content Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn and understand the history of the motion picture including, but not limited to early mechanisms, pre-conditions of the motion picture, and the early studio system.
  • Students will learn and understand the process of researching and saving visual representations of key historical events and mechanisms.
  • Students will learn and understand tools within an editing software or slide presentation program to create a visual timeline of the history of motion picture.

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