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Movies: For teachers

Sample assignments



FIlmmaking project pre-survey

Sample rubrics for asessment

Book trailers

Digital storytelling (Kathy Schrock)


Storyboarding standards/rubric for The Things They Carried

Video production (basic)

Video production (advanced)


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Things They Carried

I will what I want (Misty Copeland/Under Armour video)


Useful applications

Biteable -- make short videos using graphics

Celtx app (free download from Apple store for storyboarding)

Jing -- screencasting

Storybird -- creat picture books

Storyboard That -- create storyboards

WeVideo -- free, cloud-based movie editing for short projects

What makes a movie great?

Video exemplars

Book trailer Of Mice And Men

Book trailer The Yellow Wallpaper


Documentary (short, interview-based) The Concrete Cowboys of Philadelphia

Narrated picture book (What Pet To Get using Storybird and Jing/Screencast)

Paperslide Cinderella

Plot (rising and falling action) Bananas

Poetry video (stopgap animation)  "Narcissus" by Alice Oswald

Poetry video (live action and found footage) "The School Boy" by William Blake

Poetry video (live action and found footage) "Kids Who Die" by Langston Hughes

Political campaign ad Andrew Jackson is the man

Political campaign ad Assassination attempt on Andrew Jackson



And some counterexamples...

Bio Poem (ELA)

Shoveling Snow With Buddha (ELA -- poetry video)

Español Tres Skit Project (Spanish)

Marbury v. Madison (History)

Number the stars (ELA)

Tacocat Hamlet (ELA)


Understanding Creative Commons -- slideshow by Deeth Ellis

A Fair(y) Use Tale -- video by the Media Education Foundation

Finding images and music


Remember to cite images and music!

Look for images in the Keefe's online databases. Easy to cite!

  • ARKive Photographs of animals and habitats
  • Creative Commons Search for images and music. Once you find what you want, check individual work's permissions. Of special interest -- flickr -- high quality, easy to download.
    • uncheck use for commercial purposes
    • check modify, adapt, or build upon.
  • Getty Museum Open content images of paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc. 
  • NASA Images For outer space, astronauts, space travel.
  • NYPL Digital Collection Great images of the ancient world, historical photographs, artwork, etc,
  • Open Clipart Drawings for you to reuse. Some old-fashioned, some new.
  • Pexels A share alike site for photographers. Remember to cite the image.
  • Youtube Audio Library