Using Video to Create Setting and Mood

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Writers have long used words, the sound of words, and the images created by their words to describe the setting and establish the mood of their stories. To gain a more in depth understanding of how settings can be used to develop a specific mood, class members take to the streets and video settings they believe capture the moods in Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends."

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the opening sequence of a video of "The Fall of the House of Usher" as a model for the project
  • Check the school policy about sending groups out of the classroom and/or into the community to video
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires enough cameras for each group, computers with editing and DVD-writing software, DVDs, and a projector
  • Presumes class members have previously studied mood and setting and understand the differences between the two literary terms
  • Instructors must be familiar with editing software and be prepared to demonstrate its use to class members

  • The six-page packet includes step-by-step procedures for the lesson, a template for Silverstein's poem, and suggestions for adaptations and extensions 

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