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Grade 9: "Ghostbusters": You be the Judge

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"Ghostbusters": You Be the Judge Goals: I identify features that define a comedy. (2.2.14) I evaluate the effectiveness of the film by considering the believability of plot and setting, the credibility of characters, and the development and resolution of conflict. (2.3.4) I use effective speaking skills. (4.3.3) I use effective visuals and display techniques to engage my audience, improve accuracy of content and persuade my audience of my judgement of the film’s effectiveness.  (4.3.3)
Students watched "Ghostbusters" and are now evaluating the effectivness of the film with a partner. They are building a presentation to share with the class. See the criteria below:
Criteria for Evaluating Effectiveness of Film:
Content Scene Analysis of own funny film Explain exaggeration in a clip with specific explanations from the text. Explain the serious observation from the same film (second clip) Clips are appropriate for school
Believability of setting and plot Explain events that…

Grade 8: Halloween Film Comparison

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Halloween Film Comparison
We discussed similarities today in pairs to help us build our presentations.  See our Criteria below:
Halloween Film ComparisonCriteria I compare two similar short films by considering the characters, plot, conflicts and main ideas 2.2.9 I organize my ideas and information creatively, as well as logically, to develop a comparison between two films 3.3.1 I integrate appropriate visuals and text to inform and engage the audience 3.4.2 Items to include: Please notice this in my work… Criteria for Comparing Films: Content Include similarities and differences for 4 characters (traits, roles, motivations) Include 2 or 3 main similarities and differences in plot (setting, atmosphere, events) Include 2 or 3 main similarities and differences in conflict

Grade 8: Digging into Deeper Meaning

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Digging into Deeper Meaning
What does literal and figurative mean? How can I use context clues to interpret possible meanings of figurative language? What meaning or feeling do music, colour and symbolism add to film?
What is the difference between theme and topic, or main idea, in a narrative?
Students explore a variety of texts to identify and interpret phrases that have a deeper meaning. Once we understand the main idea of text we will explore how to develop theme statements using a cooperative snowball activity. Students will work together to generate support for their themes and write a well developed paragraph. We will also explore a variety of poems and write many different types of poems in stations. We'll select our best piece, polish it and integrate images in the finished product.
Students are reading and viewing "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore".
See the handout below:

Students worked individually and in pairs to discuss the deeper meaning behind…

9D Lost and Found Song Analysis Project

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9D - Lost and Found: Song Analysis Project Students comleted a brainstorming exercise to explore the theme lost and found.  Students could write and create a list.
See Mrs. Anderson's Example Below:

Then we found songs we felt fit into the theme.  We completed a close reading activity.  Students read their songs and made interpretations to specific lines with deeper meaning.  Then they recorded their connections to these interpretations.

Our Goals:  I identify ideas that have a deeper meaning in texts and interpret them. I compare and contrast my own life situation with themes found in a text.
See example below:



Now that we understand our songs we write a paragraph to explain the theme and our connections.  See Mrs. Anderson's example below:

Students interacted with this paragraph highlighting the 3 main criteria in their own paragraphs to make sure they are effectively explaining the theme of their songs: use evidence from the song - GREENmake interpretations of …