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FILMS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION

FILMS & TEACHING MATERIALS

Welcome to Psaroloco Educational Classroom. 
Psaroloco Ed. classroom curriculum designed to provide meaningful arts engagement, support media literacy, and hone critical-thinking skills. 

Here you’ll find free films and learning materials to lead meaningful conversations and arts experiences with your students. 

Easy-to-use resources  MEDIA LITERACY that encourages critical thinking, glossary+film terms  

 

MORE LESSON PLANS COMING SOON

Throughout the school year we will release new resources and films based on new themes. Subscribe to our newsletter to get FREE PsarolocoEd. Lesson Plans for your in-school or virtual classroom. Stream films and access resources that will foster media literacy skills and spark conversations on various topics such as identity, race, gender, the environment, and more.

BY THEME & GRADE LEVEL
Each Lesson Plan includes theme-based, grade-appropriate short films to watch along with teaching materials. Select your grade level below to access the short films and PsarolocoEd. Lesson Plan you need to start teaching. Materials can be adapted for younger or older grades. We welcome you to take a look and see what might be the best fit for your class.

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THEME:

ANIMATION  IN TEACHING

Recommended ages: 4+

 

Stop-motion animation can be used to teach a variety of elementary concepts: Students can visually express ideas through digital storytelling - learn about history through reenactment - visualize science processes and life cycles - learn about, visualize, and explain maths. 

THEME:

GENDER EQUALITY #Goal5 IDENTITY I DIVERSITY

Recommended ages: 14+

 

Documentary and filmmaker points of view connect students to themes of identity. Reinforce comprehension and critical-thinking skills through active viewing, inquiry-based discussions, and reflection.

o “Draw whit me” by Constantine Venetopoulos

THEME:

COMING OF AGE  I FAMILY 

Recommended ages: 14+

 

Invite students to think critically and engage in active viewing. Inquiry-based discussions, creative activities, and reflections encourage connections to the theme of coming of age.

o "Fox"  by  Jacqueline Lentzou

THEME:

CLIMATE CHANGE I SDGs 

Recommended ages: 12+

 

Introduce viewers to the theme of  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a focus on character, narrative, and diverse perspectives.

o "Thermostat" by Maya Av-Ron & Marion Coudert & Mylene Cominotti & Sixtine Dano

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THEME:

INTERCULTURALISM I MOTHER REWARD SUPPORT 

Recommended ages: 10-12+

 

Learning purpose: Students will learn about the expressive emotional and narrative value of sound/music,  learn to critically analyze the characters and narrative in the film.  Will get to know through art about Αfrica's cultural heritage and the different expressive means of the film.

Dina Melikovskaya's overall artistic work constantly reflects the inseparable and substantial ties between parents and their children

o “About a Mother ” by Dina Velikovskaya

This film was made especially for children

(under 18 years old).

Classic Faces Places Agnès Varda and JR 2017 

THEME:

MEDIA LITERACY DOCUMENTARY 

Recommended ages: 12-16 16+

 

This lesson will explore documentary conventions and representations of realism in moving image products. This will allow students to learn the necessary visual language needed to tell a story within this form, but will also enable them to understand the selection process involved in telling a story, even if it is based on real events or people.

THEME:

STRUCTURE - NARRATIVE 

Recommended ages: 5 - 7

Purpose: To build a story and be able to reproduce this pattern. 

"The song for rain" by Yawen Zheng

War Zone Journalists

THEME:

MEDIA LITERACY  INFORMATION 

Recommended ages: 13-16+ 

 

How do journalists get all their information to write news and feature stories? 

The lesson is a natural follow-up lesson, that invites students to consider how the information collected from an interview can inform either a feature story, or a short documentary focused on the person interviewed. 

Family at home

THEME:

HOW TO USE FILM

Recommended ages: 7-14+

 

Film is a valuable vehicle for the development of literacy to use in class or a school film club. Every element of an audiovisual text can carry meaning, and films can be ‘read’ like any traditional text.

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TEACHING SUPPORT

 We know that this may be your first time teaching with film in general and short films in particular. We want to give you all of the background information you need to feel comfortable discussing the medium. Let your students know if you are learning about film for the first time!! It’s exciting to go on an adventure together and see where you end up.