Dominant Impression

What is Dominant Impression in writing and visuals?

How do we identify dominant impression in writing and visuals?

How can we capture the dominant impression of a text and powerfully represent it primarily with visuals?

Today all grade 9's examined dominant impression in text.  We identified powerful language authors use to create an overall feeling from the paragraph below:


Students located powerful 1. adjectives, nouns, and verbs 2. figurative language appealing to five senses.

Next, we looked back at "The Highwayman" text and video and identified it's dominant impression:


Then, we watched two trailers "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and examined it's dominant impression noting how the feeling changed from the first to the second with the powerful use of colour, music and pace of camera shots.

Finally, students completed a graphic organizer to analyze how artists create a powerful dominant impression in movie posters.  See the poster and analysis below:

Students chose the poster on the right as having the stronger feeling.

Tomorrow students will work with a partner to complete a movie poster analysis of their own.




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