An archived stack of papers: 'documentary'

Beginning A Documentary

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • May
  • 25
  • 2009

About a month ago, Speech announced that they wanted to make a video. We quickly went to work on the AFI curriculum and watched several versions of The Door Scene that we shot. We did one where we just walked around campus, one where we walked up to the door without going through it, another where we actually opened the door, and a... read more

Could Your Kid Paint That?

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Aug
  • 11
  • 2008

After I wrote about King of Kong, I went on to watch another documentary that shows equal promise for the classroom. My Kid Could Paint That presents the question of Marla Olmstead as child prodigy. Like all documentaries you ever bring into a classroom should, this shows both sides of the argument, leaving... read more

Equity In Video Gaming

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Jul
  • 24
  • 2008

I just watched King of Kong and loved it. It’s about 75 minutes, so would take two class periods to show. Using the idea that a single set of texts can produce multiple writing styles (and that a single writing assignment can encompass several styles), students begin with the obvious: was Steve Wiebe treated fairly? This encourages simple... read more

How It Should Be Done

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Dec
  • 31
  • 2006

While reading Andy Carvin’s summary of the good news about DOPA, a click on “TV for Teachers,” a link I found at the bottom of the page, lead me to a lesson plan. Usually,... read more

Private Sector Education Efforts

In a stack of papers called Connections.

  • Mar
  • 03
  • 2006

I’m excited about the chance to expose my students to documentaries and to teach about film. Young Minds Inspired (YMI) and the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are making it easier to bring elements of film making into the classroom.

A... read more

Wal-Mart: Persuasion And Argumentation

In a stack of papers called Connections.

  • Feb
  • 13
  • 2006

I just watched an episode of Frontline this weekend and plan to use it to encourage persuasive and argumentative writing, along with a classroom debate.

Oh yeah. And I plan to make an illegal copy of the DVD for use in the classroom because I don’t want to pay the $20 for a legal copy. But the end justifies the means,... read more