Lesson 3: Making Films-Additional Lessons

Additional Lesson 3

Take Action - Making Films

Examining a 
Story Structure


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Organize the structure of the story
  • Plan and organize a sequence of shots to tell a story

Students will work together to develop a sequence for their documentary.
Guiding Questions:
  • How will I tell the story I want to convey?
  • What will the most effective structure be to convey my message?
  • What footage will be essential in telling each part?
Recommended Time:
45-90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:
Technology Required:
DVD Player or computer to play film OR computer with Internet access to stream film.
Television, SmartBoard or projection equipment.
Lessons design:
  • Discuss the importance of planning a beginning, middle and end, just as if writing an essay or narrative piece.

  • Review each segment with the class. This could be done while rewatching the film or as a review. The handout provided outlines the beginning, middle and end of “After the Fall: HIV Grows Up.” After viewing the film, students should see clear connections between the film and the model outline, along with footage notes for how the information was relayed.

  • Groups work together to decide the beginning-middle-end structure for their own documentary and determine what footage they have in order to tell the story.
Rock Your World is a program of Creative Visions
Rock Your World is a Program of Creative Visions, a 501(c) (3) organization that supports creative activists - individuals who use the power of media and arts to create positive change in the world.
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