Lesson Plan

Thinking About Television and Movies - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 1 to 6

Author: This lesson has been adapted from the activity guide for the video Live TV, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.


We want to encourage kids to form opinions about what they watch - to react to what they see on the screen. In this lesson, children begin to think about basic concepts - such as how audiences interpret meaning, and the constructed world of television and film. They accomplish this by exploring the differences between worlds created on film and real life, film-making techniques, sound and music, and storyboarding.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • beginning awareness about how they respond to television and film
  • understanding of the various ways in which film and television are constructed
  • appreciation for film techniques
  • beginning film production techniques

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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