Taking a Risk

In my Course 4 looking ahead to Course 5, I was torn between two ideas.  I chose the second project option, thanks to Verena‘s challenge to be a risk taker.  So, here I am, having given this project to my kids after careful thought and planning.  One of my students blurted out, as I was giving the instructions, “Oh my gosh, I’m so excited for this project!”

Needless to say, I was encouraged.

Well… here it is.  For the Language and Mass Communications part of the IB English Language and Literature syllabus, I’ve recalled my knowledge from the days I used to teach Film Study and taught film as one of the text types.  They’ve gone over various mise-en-scene terms, barely scratching the surface as any film majors would say but sufficient for students learning how to examine the basics for conveying, therefore making, meaning: camera angle, distance, movement, color, and composition.

I’ve been told often that handouts should be appealing to the eye.  I’ve asked my seniors to help me out if they can figure out how to make this text-heavy handout become artistic.  Whether out of honesty, laziness, or busy-ness I’m unsure, but they all told me that this works just fine, no need to change the presentation… I agree, but only b/c I’m a verbal person and words do the trick for me.  😉 Therefore, please, if you have tips on how to make this handout look awesome for my visual learners, help!

Feedback on the content would also of course be much appreciated! (link to gDoc – commenting is enabled.)

(My rubric was inspired by this blogging rubric as well as well as this one.)


  1. Jeff Utecht February 26, 2014

    Very cool….are students going to upload their presentations/artifacts somewhere and share them out? I see you ask them to think about the audience but I’m not sure who the audience is. Classmates or the world? That definitely changes the context of the assignment. Maybe I’m just missing it somewhere.


  2. Liz Cho February 26, 2014

    Ah, sorry – they’re sharing this with their classmates and the world. The final product will be posted on their blogs; that’s what the rubric is for. Let me update that on the gDoc.

    For kids who might choose Option 1 and find it too personal to share, I let them know that they can password protect their post so it can start on a small level by sharing it with me and the classmates only. I didn’t want to force them to share with the public, so I made sure that they had this option. I am encouraging them to share for myriad reasons, and I presume most will, but definitely prioritizing first their ability to choose.

    (They’re getting practice with blog writing and critical thinking right now; examples can be found here)


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