Media

Lincoln (2012)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (book)

Summary: The Civil War is still raging and President Lincoln is not only dealing with conflict in his cabinet but struggling to make change with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Analysis: This movie is one of the best movies I have seen that not only tells a story but bring history to life. The movie has clean language and does not use special effects to over enhance the action. The Daniel Day Lewis does a magnificent job of portraying President Lincoln and taking the viewer inside his mind and life beyond the Presidency.
Content Area:  Social Studies, History, Civil War, President Lincoln
Curriculum: After reading Bill O’Reilly’s book Lincoln’s Last Days students can view the movie and plot similarities and differences between the two.
Digital Content:
International Movie Database information Page
Age appropriateness: “Lincoln” is officially rated PG-13 in the United States. This movie (set during the U.S. Civil War) contains war-related violence but minimal gore. There should be no issues playing this film in a classroom setting.

 

Inside Job’s Nona’s Bakery

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

This video is produced by Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. The video takes the views inside Nona’s Bakery and shows how the bakery is run and what jobs you can expect to engage in when being a baker. The video is easy to understand an gives a good explanation of bakery terms and techniques.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

The Inside Job’s videos are all geared to peak the interest of teenagers and young adults who are looking for a career path. The information is presented in a simple way and is not overly technical in describing duties a baker or small bakery business owner encounters during their typical day. Students can learn by seeing the actual bakery and see the host and owner of Nona’s Bakery engage in different tasks.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Business

Content Area Standards:

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

After watching the video students will have a better idea of what being a baker involves and decide if this is a career they would be interested in pursuing further.

Why I Chose This Resource:

Students can watch this video and see that being a baker in the Culinary Arts does not mean you sit around and bake cakes all day. There are many aspects to the job and this video highlights the whole role a baker has.

Website:

http://www.nonassweets.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNtw6uDo3Zw

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes: Get

the Dish

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

Magnolia Bakery is one of the most famous bakeries in the Unites States. In this video students are taken into the famous bakery and taught via video how to make their famous Vanilla Cupcakes. Magnolia Bakery has several cookbooks as well and most students interested in baking as a career or serious hobby have heard of Magnolia Bakery. This video is beautiful to look at and is easy to follow along with.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

This video is easy to follow and provides an easy to follow along recipe and technique. During the video the famous Magnolia Bakery frosting method is shown and broken down in a manner that middle school students could follow along with. The recipe is given slowly and students could write down the recipe while watching the video then recreate later.

Content Area:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Techniques

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

After viewing the video and obtaining the recipe students in groups or individually can recreate the recipe. To add another component students could create their own video showing how they frosted the cupcakes using the Magnolia Bakery technique.

Why I Chose This Resource:

I chose this source first for the Magnolia Bakery aspect. I also chose this video because it is easy to understand and students could follow along and take notes in order to then reproduce the cupcakes as part of a class project.

Website:

http://www.magnoliabakery.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghtvnp7_vPo

How to Bake and Decorate a Cake

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

In this video legendary cake designer Sandy Sheppard takes students through baking and decorating a cake as well as the tools you need to get started.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

Sandy Sheppard has a complete web series that instructs students on the how to’s of baking and decorating. The techniques shown are easy to follow and very informational. Sheppard shows the techniques multiple time so as to fully understand the steps. The recipe’s used are easy to follow as well and could easily be duplicated by middle school students.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Instructional

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

Students can watch and take notes on the videos over the course of two days. On the first day they can bake the cake. On the second day after watching the decorating technique they can decorate their own cakes and present them. Students can choose the colors for decorating but must follow the recipe given in the video.

Why I Chose This Resource:

Students can follow along with this video easily and will be able to produce a product similar to the video and take pride in their work. Also Sandy Sheppard does not believe that you need a great deal of fancy tools to begin cake baking and decorating so it would be easy to follow the directions and not have to buy additional tools or have the students purchase materials that may not be used often.

Website:

http://www.confectionersart.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3G-U7Nwvsg

How to Become a Cake Baker

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

This video features baker Amanda Oakleaf who combined her love of art and sweets into a very successful career as a baker.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

Amanda Oakleaf is a relatively new baker who started out in 2008. In this short video the viewers meet Amanda who discuss her start and how someone can become a cake baker as well. Amanda is easier to understand and provides another insight into the world of baking as a career.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Business

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

Each day of class we could begin with a short video featuring a person working in the culinary arts/baking field. In the students writing journal they could react to the video and write down questions that the video might trigger.

Why I Chose This Resource:

I think it is important for students to hear from the people who are actually in the field doing the job. It gives a real life aspect to the course that might be otherwise missing.

Website:

http://www.oakleafcakes.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfBxIY_18vo

Pastry Arts Program at the

Auguste Escoffier School of

Culinary Arts-Boulder, CO

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

This video offers an insight into the Pastry Arts Program offered at the Auguste Esoffier School of Culinary Arts. Students as well as instructors are highlighted.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

The Auguste Esoffier School of Culinary Arts in Bolder, CO is a nationally accredited institution that focuses on the one of the most popular careers right now the Culinary Arts. The video is very informational and talks about the many options available at their school for someone interested in Culinary Arts. The students can visually see the inside of the school and how it runs on a daily basis.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Business

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

Once a week we could focus on a Culinary Arts school. Most schools offer specific aspects of baking such as pastry, sugar and chocolate. Students could then participate in a classroom discussion about the pro’s and con’s of the school and maybe keep track of the school’s on a map so we could see where they are located throughout the country as well as the world. It is never to early to get middle school students thinking about college!

Why I Chose This Resource:

It is important to show students that there are many choices when it comes to college. Baking is a science in a way and there are many skills involved in being successful. By highlighting different schools we can get the kids thinking about culinary arts school and have the education to bake up the passion for baking they may have.

Website:

http://www.escoffier.edu

Jok Church: A circle of caring

Summary:

In this TED talk children’s author Jok church talks about how a teacher cared when no one else did and how he returned the favor.

Analysis:

This is a short TEd talk but a powerful one. One that can grab the attention of middle and high school students. The message is one that anyone who is in education hopes their students hear.

Curriculum:

I will use this in my classroom as an introduction for the new year. In conjunction with my welcome speech I think my students will see that I am there because I care and I want to be with them.

Content Area:

Human Relations

Out of the Norm Abraham Lincoln

Presidential Library/Tour

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Author: Norm Allen

Summary:

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum is one of the premier presidential libraries in the nation. Host Norm Allen tours this Springfiled, Illinois treasure to participate in the life of our 16th president.

Analysis:

I think this video would be another resource to pair with teaching the Civil War unit and learning about President Lincoln. We live in Washington State and most of our students are probably not going to get to the Lincoln Presidential Library. The host Norm Allen is easy to follow and I feel the kids would be engaged watching as he tours the library.

Content Area:

Abraham Lincoln, History, Civil War,

Curriculum:

Each student learns material different. By watching this video this might be the link a student needs to put the material about President Lincoln all together to remember, learn and enjoy. I would use this video to get the class talking about what they saw, thoughts they had and if they were President what would they want in their library.

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Digital Content:

Bill Nye The Science Guy – Genes

Summary:

Billy Nye the Science Guy explores the chromosomal world of DNA and visits a veterinarian from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo who helps save endangered animals using gene technology.

Analysis:

Bill Nye is one of the best sources when it comes to getting kids interested in Science. I especially like this episode because he visits Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo which is about a five-hour drive for our students and many of them have been to the zoo and will like the connection. Genetics is a tough subject for students to grasp and this episode is one way to enhance the learning process with a visual source.

Content Area:

Science

Curriculum:

View the episode and start a discussion about key points of the video. As the episode is airing ask student to take notes and write down questions or thoughts to discuss.

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Bill Nye The Science Guy –

Forensics

Summary:

Learn how detectives reconstruct events from the past using bloodhounds, fingerprints, and DNA

Analysis:

This is a relatively new episode for Bill Nye and it speaks to the popularity of forensic science and solving crimes and other mysteries. Students today are very interested in these things and by using this video as a learning tool we can enhance their understanding of the material and maybe even spark interest in students who have been less than responsive to the materials.

Content Area: Forensic Science

Curriculum:

View the episode and start a discussion about key points of the video. As the episode is airing ask student to take notes and write down questions or thoughts to discuss.

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Interview with author Beverly

Cleary

About:

BigTime Video Services
Director of Photography, Editor: Phillip Powell
Producer & Makeup: Peri Basseri
2nd Camera and sound: Jayna Kersh
Interviewer: Barbara Lalicki
Executive Producer: Julie Christopher

Summary:

Barbara Lalicki conducts an interview of beloved author Beverly Cleary

Analysis:

I absolutely adore Beverly Cleary.  As I begin my career as a school librarian this would be something I would show my 7th graders as an introduction to their author spotlight projects. Beverly Cleary books are ones that most kids have seen or read and they would remember her famous characters and make the connection between her and the books. She was a wonderful speaker and person and this video will be used this year.

Curriculum:

Each 7th grade student will be asked to produce an author spotlight project. This video can be used to introduce the project and get them excited to pick and author. Each child needs to pick a different author.

Content Area:

English

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes







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