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Keywords: Movie making, Artists Biography, animation, special effects, art, research paper, video
Subject(s): Art, Video, Animation, Technology, Writing, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Henry T Gage Middle School, Huntington Pk, CA
Planned By: Lorraine Skelton
Original Author: Lorraine Skelton, Huntington Pk

1.4 Analyze and describe how the elements of art and the principles of design contribute to the expressive qualities of their own works of art.

Communication and Expression Through Original Works of Art
2.5 Interpret reality and fantasy in original two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art.
2.6 Create an original work of art, using film, photography, computer graphics, or video.
2.7 Create a series of works of art that express a personal statement demonstrating skill in applying the elements of art and the principles of design.


Develop a clear thesis and support it by using analogies, quotations, and facts appropriately.
Write responses to selected literature that develop literature that develop interpretations, exihibit careful reading, and cite specific parts of the text.

Day One: Students are asked to brain storm their favorite movies that include special effects, monsters or animation. Then for homework, they were asked to look up their movie on-line and research the principle artists until they found with a reputation on-line that included a wesite and biogrphy.

Week One: Students will spend 3 days at computers writing their biographies, paraphrasing what they discovered about their artists. Title Page includes one copy/paste image from movie, and final pages following 5-paragraph report include four copy/pasted images from artists' repertoire and one drawn work inspired by the artist's art.
Week Two: Students will develop a short video using iMovie. The film will include three original characters they created in a previous unit about claymation, a background from images found on-line, and music as a background. Bubbles will be used for diablogue, since audio equipment is not available.
Week Three: Students will present their works.

I do not have digital cameras, video cameras, or audio equipment, so everything will be taken from on-line resources.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This unit will involve language arts practices and technology practices.
It can be adapted to a history lesson.
And a music teacher could be included in a team teaching experience during the final week.
I would like to follow up with a favorite movie amongst the students.
Materials: Video Cameras, Digital Cameras, Projectors, Projector Screens, Art Tools, Video Tools, Printers, Camera/Video Accessories, Computer Accessories, Writing, Word Processor, Animation