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My World: a video lesson plan for grades 9-12

Teacher: Juliann Crooks

Grade Level: 9-12

Title: My World: wish you were here.

Brief History and Background: The students will do a short film project, a documentary of their inner life. Using Imovie or PhotoToMovie, they will create either a video or montage of images that reflect their lives at this point in time. They could use found images, photographs, and created imagery, and add a soundtrack. They should think about what is important to them, and how they construct their personal spaces. Parallels will be drawn to the collages that are naturally created, the inside of locker doors, and the photographs on their walls. They will be encouraged to take these images to another level, one that expresses something about what they consider the home of their heart.



1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

2. Communication and Collaboration

a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers

6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:

a. understand and use technology systems.

b. select and use applications effectively and productively

9.4.12.A. Evaluate an individual's philosophical statement on a work in the arts and its relationship to one's own life based on knowledge and experience.

9.3.12.A. Explain and apply the critical examination processes of works in the arts and humanities

9.1.12.A Know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works

Goal: The students will create a one minute video piece, using either found or created imagery, that depicts their inner life, their home. This can be either objective, or very subjective. Home is not only what we see each day, but what we feel. Through readings and reflective writings, the students will consider the essential questions, Who am I? What do I stand for? What is important to me?


* Students will... Think about what is meaningful to them. What gives them a sense of coming home? Is it a physical place? Is it friends? Pets? An online community? They will see how various artists and writers have defined what home means to them.

* Students will... Become familiar with the tools to allow them to scan physical images, search for images, or create their own digitally. They will learn the programs necessary to make a short movie from these images, adding dialogue or sound.

* Students will... create a piece, with input from their fellow classmates that reflects their inner sense of place. The collaboration among the students is going to be a key piece here, I think.

Resource Materials/Visual Aides: There is a vast resource of videos by new artists on the web. We will make use of videoart.net for examples. In addition, the excellent PBS series Art21 has a video that deals with artists expressing their inner worlds. Readings from "Sacred Ground: Writings about Home" edited by Barbara Bonner. The documentary "In My Room" by filmmaker Brijetta Hall.

Supplies/Materials: Computers for each student, with an internet connection and the capacity to download programs. Imovie or PhotoToMovie is a plus, but there are free versions of similar things. Access to scanners. Access to resource materials.

Teacher Preparation: Acquire the resource materials. Become acquainted with the programs that will be used.

Teaching  -


Talk about what home means. Discuss the term "inner life." Show the documentary, "In My Room." Encourage dialogue about the issues raised, personal space, inner life vs. family/community life. Ask students to talk about how they adorn their personal space with meaningful images. How would they use those images to describe themselves and their world? End with a reading from "Sacred Ground." Ask the students to bring in five important images by the next class.


Meeting 1. Introduction.

Meeting 2.Show examples of short films from vidoeart.net. Do another reading, and have the students write a brief paragraph on their direction for the project. Demo use of scanner, image capture and searching for images. Allow time to work.

Meeting 3. Sharing of some images. Demo movie making software, and work in class.

Meeting 4. Show PBS video, class critique, work in class. Demo addition of voiceover and music.

Remaining meetings will be working sessions.

Final Meeting - Presentation and critique

Critique/Evaluation/Assessment: There will be three main points of assessment, technical, aesthetic and participatory. A rubric for the final film will be forthcoming.

Time Budget: At least eight class sessions

Vocabulary: edit, application, program, introspective, track, fade, iris, close up, long shot, Ken Burns

Safety Concerns: Mostly filtering software.


Bonner, Barbara, Sacred Ground: Writings about Home, Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, 1997.

PBS Series, Art21:www.pbs.org...

Video Art: videoart.net

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