The Door Scene



This is going to entail 5 full lessons based on a project called "The Door Scene."

This hands on and curriculum rich project is designed to allow student learning to
emerge from creative collaboration and critical review of students' work, rather
than from more traditional forms of classroom instruction. The process is a
progressive cycle-essentially a series of learning discussions-in which students
work collaboratively to produce a film for critical review and analysis by their
peers, teachers.

In these rich and intense lessons students will work in small groups of 4 through a 5 day period, and come out of it with a greater appreciation of visual story telling as an art form.

These 5 lessons are recommended for second semester students, as the lessons are fast paced and full of multi-tasking roles. Also, you may only want to do this every other year so your students do not know the outcome of the 5 lessons.

**Before staring the following 5 lessons you need to make sure you have enough cameras and tripods for each group. You also have to make sure each group has an "assigned door" somewhere on your campus. This door should be located in an empty space as their filming will be distracting to others in the room if present. Students will have to be able to film on both sides of the door, so some pre-communication and planning on your end will be crucial. Students will have to act in a quick manner in order to get each days lesson finished. They may also have to complete some of the questions at home each night.

Lesson Time

Five one hour class periods
1 Class Period

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (7)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students take charge of their own learning: They learn how they learn. Through the use of script interpretation, storyboards (graphic organizers), script writing, camera shots, critique, revision and analysis.
  • Students will follow the process of development, pre-production, production, and post-production in the creation of several versions of a short video.
  • Students will, through the collaborative environment, allow them to expand their individual zones and distribute the learning throughout the group.
  • Students will write a basic video script and storyboard using supplied materials to create a meaningful and thorough story.
  • Students will understand the full video production process along with major roles in production such as director, cameraman, talent and editor.
  • Over the course of the five lessons, the impact of the project is that the students learn at a much higher cognitive level than in a typical, more traditional classroom situation.

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