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1 Teaching the Documentary Dolores Frazer Ashland Middle School

2 The Power of Story Everyone loves a great story. Stories teach us things, move us emotionally, and form the basis for how we understand the world. But what is the formula for a great story?

3 Common Core Alignment Understand analyze, evaluate, and create texts in various media formats Understand, analyze, and evaluate appropriately complex selections of informational text. Use technology to produce and publish work for a specific audience and purpose.

4 Considerations for Mentor Texts Interesting topic to explore Scaffolding of lessons to teach content Differentiation of assessment product Access to technology

5 Unit Topic: World War II Bomb by Steve Sheinkin Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley Maya Lin: A Clear Strong Vision by Freida Lee Mock

6 The Ken Burns Effect Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, talks about the techniques that make up his signature style.

7 The Ken Burns Effect: Content Vocabulary Visual Photograph Newsreel Interview Live Cinematography Oral First Person Third Person Sound Effects Music

8 The Photograph Content Vocabulary Focal point Foreground/Ba ckground Framing Movement (pan and zoom) Style Where is the story? What is the emotional impact ? If the image were moving, what would you hear, smell, feel?

9 Teaching Photographic Analysis 1.Observe 2.Explore 3.Make Inferences 4.Inquire Further “It isn’t what a picture is of, it is what it is about.” John Szarkowski

10 Modeling in the Curriculum

11 Lesson Common Core RI 8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present a particular topic or view. Objective Students will compare and contrast how George Strock’s photograph “Dead Americans at Buna Beach” and Ernie Pyle’s article “The Death of Captain Wascow” portray the high cost of war.

12 Essential Questions Is there such a thing as a just war? What is the journalist’s role when documenting war? How do filmmakers use the Ken Burns formula to create documentaries that tell good stories about real people or events. Learning Activities 1.Define just war.Define just war 2.Watch video clips of Pearl HarborWatch video clips of Pearl Harbor 3.Analyze photo Americans at Buna Beach Americans at Buna Beach 4.Discuss animating photographs with Ken Burns effect. 5.Read and respond to Ernie Pyle’s article.Read and respond to Ernie Pyle’s article.

13 Life Magazine’s Response “And so here it is. This is the reality that lies behind the names that come to rest at last on monuments in the leafy squares of busy American towns. The camera doesn’t show America and yet here on the beach is America, three parts of a hundred and thirty million parts, three fragments of that life we call American life: three units of freedom. So that it is not just these boys who have fallen here, it is freedom that has fallen. It is our task to cause it to rise again.”

14 The Interview Salvatore Guinta’s Story Content Style Point of View

15 The Comparative Analysis Salvatore Guinta Mike Strank Capt. Wascow

16 Introduction to Flags of Our Fathers The Mission The Men Two Photographs, One Big Controversy The Legacy

17 Assessment Scoring the Response Checklist or Rubric Expectations Feedback Reflection Curriculum Embedded Experiences Mirror PARCC Expectations Common Core W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

18 Bomb While reading Bomb, students watch a variety of documentary films to support reading of informational text, and analyze for documentary features The Saboteurs of Vermok (BBC) Hitler’s Sunken Secret (NOVA)

19 Maya Lin: A Clear, Strong Vision Content What are the purpose of memorials and how are they designed and built. What was the controversy over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and why is that a good story? Which memorial best exemplifies what a memorial should be and why? Style How does the filmmaker use film techniques to tell Maya Lin’s story?

20 Differentiating the Project Choice of Topics War correspondents A Veteran’s Story The Japanese Internment Camps Memorials

21 Curating Resources Social MediaGoogle

22 The Tool: iMovie Give it to themand they will create

23 iMovie Basics Collect photos on camera roll. Drag and drop onto timeline Record and add audio Sync images to soundtrack Add music

24 The Documentary Student SamplesReflections The Effect of Fear

25 More Student Samples A Sad Chapter in US History A Forgotten Moment The Story Tellers of War


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