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Image, Sound, and Story Pre-K — 12 Curriculum

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Keir Alexander

The Jacob Burns Film Center's newest contribution to its mission to redefine literacy for a visual culture is Image, Sound, and Story. This groundbreaking curriculum for grades Pre-K — 12 extends the JBFC's education mission and its dedication to teaching critical viewing and thoughtful creating, for storytellers and meaning-makers of all ages.

Image, Sound, and Story is a series of ten projects that are guided by the JBFC's Learning Framework goals: building skills of observation, comprehension and analysis while viewing media, and developing imagination, intention, and production as students create their own media. Each project is based upon a literacy concept:

Image

IMAGE

Sound

SOUND

Story

STORY

Character

CHARACTER

Setting

SETTING

Structure

STRUCTURE

Mood

MOOD

Point of view

POINT OF VIEW

Theme

THEME

Style

STYLE

Through these projects, learners develop their ability to communicate and collaborate as they expand their traditional literacy practices of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. All of the curriculum resources are available online through the JBFC's education platform, including lesson plans, alignment with the Common Core, streaming media, handouts, and assessment rubrics.

Each project features:

Vocabulary

Vocabulary and the Visual Glossary

Equipping students with the vocabulary to critically read visual texts is essential to their literacy. New terms are introduced throughout the Project descriptions, with links to our Visual Glossary.

Vndn

View Now Do Nows

These quick activities are great warm-ups and transitions that support the learning concepts of the Project. Students jump right into active viewing and creative expression.

Viewing

Viewing

Shorts, clips, and production stills give students practice actively reading visual texts and applying their new vocabulary. Sample questions for each viewing experience foster analysis and discussion.

Creating

Creating

A step-by-step guide will help you transform your classroom into a creative media-making studio. Worksheets and media resources are all provided. Projects are designed to generate a collaborative, process-based learning environment and reinforce vocabulary and skills.

Review

Review, Revise, and Reflect

The closing section is an essential part of students' creation process. Here, they share work with others, learn to give and receive feedback, revise their Project, and reflect on their own experience.

Participation

During the 2015/2016 school year, ten schools in the region will be implementing the Image, Sound, and Story curriculum with students in grades 5-10. Following immersive professional development during the JBFC’s Summer Teachers Institute, all participating teachers will continue to meet with JBFC staff and faculty throughout the year to receive additional training and support, and share important feedback about student learning and development. Training for the 2016/2017 school year will be offered in Summer 2016.

Commitment

Becoming an Image, Sound, and Story educator requires the following:

  • Participation in JBFC’s Summer professional development program.
  • Four professional development training sessions during the school year.
  • Implementation of the ten projects over the course of the school year.
  • Group reflection in June.
"The Image, Sound, and Story curriculum has brought depth and texture to my classes, giving students a more refined lens through which to experience all types of visual media, and giving them more techniques for their own storytelling."
Johanna Mustacchi
Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School, Croton-Harmon School District