Grade levels: 7-10

Lesson Objective: The Learner Will Be Able To:

  1. Finalize their projects by videotaping their scripts.
  2. Share their finished work with classmates, and receive feedback.
  3. Receive an award for the area of greatest strength shown by their video.

Materials:

  • Video Camera with several tapes
  • TV and VCR/DVD
  • Scripts
  • Props, costumes,etc...

Lesson Process

1. Students collaborate and plan times over a one-week period to use the video camera in order to tape their scene. This is a very time-consuming process!

2. You may show the tapes as they have been filmed, or extend this lesson into several class periods in order to use computer editing programs such as iMovie. Students can edit their scenes, adding music or sound effects, transitions, etc.

3. At the end of the week, bring in popcorn and view videos. Present Academy Awards - best picture overall, best director, best comedy sequence, best development of tension, best dialogue, etc. Write them as you watch the videos, finding the strength of each one. Make sure everyone gets an award!