Skills Lesson Plans
are listed searchable data bases and lesson plans from a variety of Internet
sources. The Web Sites listed here have been selected to complement and enrich
your teaching of the ELA Middle Years Language Arts Curriculum in the Grade
6 Viewing Strand.
In a Video? - Students will develop a vocabulary about videos and analyze
ways in which effects are used to create a variety of meanings. They will
create a video combining a variety of effects.
and You! - A set of lesson plans in which students can explore static
images, analyzing the ways in which verbal and visual features are combined
in an advertisement for particular purposes and audiences.
Others - A series of lessons where students explore television advertisements,
looking at who they target, their verbal and visual features and stereotypes.
Students use this understanding to produce their own TV advertisement using
a video camera.
- In these lessons, students explore the visual and graphic features of a
range of school journals, past and present. Students use their understanding
to produce their own journal cover.
THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts - Students are taught how to "steal"
information by critically previewing textbooks and other nonfiction texts.
This strategy helps students better understand what they read by surveying
specific elements identified by the acronym THIEVES: title, headings, introduction,
every first sentence in a paragraph, visuals and vocabulary, end-of-chapter
questions, and summary.
a Flashback and Flash-Forward Story Using Movies and Texts as Models
- Flashbacks and flash-forwards are common devices used in literature and
films. Students will not only see examples of these devices through movies
and stories, they will also create their own stories incorporating these literary
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