Building Video Literacy: Framing (Document)
Video documentaries are not just records of reality; each shot frames reality in a deliberate, particular way. The first thing to notice about a shot, then, is what is in the foreground, in the background, or not there at all - but might have been.
Distribute the Framing Activity handout to students. Ask them to describe what they see in the image, what is foreground and what is background. Then, have students make two paper frames by cutting the boxes out of the last two pages of the handout. Ask them to move the frame over parts of the image, noting what information would be conveyed in a medium shot or in a close-up shot. What would be left out? How would that alter the meaning of the image?
To learn how to capture different images to use in this activity, see Tricks of the Trade.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.