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Silent Storytelling-- Activity using Silent Films in the Classroom

Album Description

Thank you all so much for following my journey as a TPS intern this semester. I am very excited to share with you all my final project, “Silent Storytelling,” a silent film activity created for English, Theater, and Music teachers in middle and high schools. 

This activity gives students the opportunity to contribute to the movie-making process. After asking them to analyze the story structure of a silent film, they are then challenged to enhance a scene in that film by adding sound. 

In this activity set, I have included notes specific to the silent film Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) in addition to the following resources;

• Activity Guidelines

• Resource Guide 

• A Google Drive with access to the following;

-Mp4 files of each scene included in Jack and the Beanstalk 

-Sample Jack and the Beanstalk Scene with added sound

-Extra Sample Film with added sound

• Selection of song options for students

• Activity Printed Materials

• Primary Source Set

• Evaluation Suggestions

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this activity! 

  English/Language Arts   Art/Music   film   tpsintern   6 - 8   9 - 12   13+ 

Silent Storytelling Guidelines.pdf

Teaching Notes

This is the "Activity Guidelines" and contains a step by step process for using silent films in the classroom, specifically the film Jack and the Beanstalk (1902).

Resource Guide.pdf

Teaching Notes

This is a resource guide for teachers specific to Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) including a film description and a scene-by-scene breakdown.

Silent Film Activity Worksheet.pdf

Teaching Notes

This worksheet is meant for students to use when analyzing the scene assigned. 

Sound Templates Worksheet.pdf

Teaching Notes

These worksheets are templates for students to use when adding sound to their scene. 

The three templates are for adding dialogue, narration, and music. 

Potential Playlist.pdf

Teaching Notes

For students who want to add music to their scene, this is a potential playlist of songs for them to use. All of these songs are available via Library of Congress resources like CitizenDJ and the National Jukebox.

Voting Exit Ticket Worksheet.pdf

Teaching Notes

This exit ticket option allows students to reflect on the success of their own work and that of their peers. Can be used in conjunction with the Silent Film Awards Worksheet.

Silent FIlm Awards Worksheet.pdf

Teaching Notes

These awards are a chance to add a touch of "Hollywood glam" to the classroom. You can use these in conjunction with the Voting Exit Ticket Worksheet. 

Evaluation Suggestion.pdf

Teaching Notes

This resource is for teachers for evaluating their students after completing this activity. It also provides suggestions on how this could complement your Common Core standards. 

Jack and the beanstalk

Teaching Notes

This is the Library resource link for Jack and the Beanstalk (1902). 

Google Drive Resources

Teaching Notes

This google drive folder contains mostly video resources, including;

  • Mp4 files of each scene included in Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Sample Jack and the Beanstalk Scene with added sound

  • Extra Sample Film with added sound

Extra Primary Source Set

Teaching Notes

This Extra Primary Source set can be used to better contextualize how the story of Jack and the Beanstalk has been interpreted in the past.