Nature Film in 6th Grade
Course Content and Description
This class is about using film as a medium to explore environmental issues. The class lasts 10 weeks. During the first 5 weeks, students will be exposed to a series of nature or environmental films. The content, as well as some basic photography/film techniques used in the films, will be analyzed and discussed in class.
During the second 5 weeks students will film their own "Nature Films" using the knowledge and skills learned during the first semester.
The goals of this class are:
1) To gain a greater appreciation and understanding of local and global environmental issues
2) To learn some basic nature photography and film techniques
3) To use photography and film to explore nature and raise awareness about local and/or global environmental issues
In addition to abiding by LAUSD and King MS rules, students are expected to:
1) Be respectful at all times
2) Be active collaborators
3) Complete all assignments by the due date/time
4) Use technology appropriately
List of Films
Chimpanzee. Dir. Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield. Disney, 2012.
The Antartica Challenge. Dir. Mark Terry, 2009.
The Polar Explorer. Dir. Mark Terry, 2011.
Vanishing of the Bees. Dir. Maryam Henein, George Langworthy. 2009.
The following materials are not required, but recommended:
Digital camera (with video option)
Computer (with iMovie or any other film editor)
A student's letter grade is one way of measuring learning. Trimester grades reflect a 12-week period. The grading scale below is used to average a student's grade. Grades on the report cards would be entered without +/-, so for example an A- and a C+ will constitute an A and a C respectively. Students and parents can monitor their grades from the convenience of their home, by accessing Jupiter Grades online.
F 59 or below
Participation and Collaboration: 30%