Serious About Literature and Metaphor



Students use pieces of classic and contemporary literature to develop basic skills in studio video production shoots (including the use of a standard green screen in different settings) and video editing. Students get practical experience with using chroma-key by super-imposing symbolic interpretations of their chosen piece of literature. Students also are faced with the problem of symbolic and metaphorical visual representation and are required to develop abilities in presenting compelling visual images that interpret and communicate the subject matter of the video.

Lesson Time

Introduction and class discussion
50 Minutes
Literature selection and poster assembly
100 Minutes
Video production, narrative, and editing
200 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
    • Production and Managerial Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
  • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)
California Academic Content Standards (5)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will understand how visual metaphor is used to enhance media narratives.
  • Students will learn to integrate visual metaphors into their digital artwork as part of the digital production and post-production process.
  • Students will further their skills development in video production and post-production.

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