Exploring The Value Of A Movie
WebQuest for Grade Ten(The Red Violin)
Many people believe that the authentic meaning of a movie should determine its value. However, should it?
The formation of our values should be based on exploring meanings based from both genuine and simulated presentations.
This webquest shows how a cinematic presentation can be questioned to perhaps reveal a more factual meaning. However, do facts more make meaning more or less "valuable" on a personal level ?
The task is to explore the given aspects of the movie The Red Violin as stated in a synopsis (although viewing the movie is an time-constrained option) and drawing a personal conclusion if the movie dicpicts a more valuable expression than does "red violin's" factual history?
The task is based on the Ohio Content Standards for Social Studies: Grade Ten
Standard: Social Studies, Skills and Methods: Students collect, organize, evaluate and synthesize infromation from multiple sources to draw logical conclusions. Students communicate this infromation using appropriate socail studies terminolgy in oral, written or multimedai from and apply what they have learned to socieatal issues in simulated or real-world settings.
Benchmark A: Use data and evidence to support of refute a thesis.
Indicator 3: Analzye one or more issues and present a persausive argument to defend a position.
The process entails exploring two available weblinks, comparing and contrasting two versions of the "same" topic and then writing a 300 word essay which defends a postion on which version was more personally valuable.
The first weblink is a synopsis of the movie The Red Violin. This article must be read with note-taking and special attention given to the date of manufacter of the violin, its maker, its color, place of origin and the cities to which it has been proposed to travel.
Next a quest is made to another version of the history of the "Red Mendelson" Stradivarius violin. Again note-taking with special attention given to this genuine violin's date of manufacture, maker,color,points of travel and any periods of unknown whereabouts (?).
Next a comparison will be made between the two versions of the life of "the red violin by listing similarities and differences. This will be done with the assistance of Evaluation of the task will accomplished by completing a Venn Diagram which addresses similarities and differences between time periods (accountable and non-accontable), places, people, events, meaning of the "red" violin and concluding fate of the violin.
Lastly, a short essay will be written that defends a argument that concerns which version makes the red violin more valuable or meaningful to our lives---this will be a personal but persuasive argument. To assist in this essay aredictionary links to "valuable" and a defintioinal and process link to "persuasive essay." This essay will be read aloud to the class and it will be evaluted for persausiveness by a peer determination.
Student work evaluation will consider the percentage of simular and dissimular topics listed in the task menu
appropriateness of their designation in the Venn Diagram according to the two story-lines.
A 300 hundred word essay will be evaluated for grammar and persausive content of prefrence of one version of the "red violin" as it has meaning and value for the writer. This essay will be evaluated with a 1-6 pt. rating from an average of the scores given by classmates after individual student reading.
The final student evaluation will be based on total number of possible points according to the following rubric:
Possible points: 40, A: 40-37, B:33-36, C:29-32, D:25-28
Student: Venn Diagram Venn Diagram Essay Essay Score Number of the topics categorized 1-6pt.s Topic categorization in agreement with the stories 1-6 pt.s Essay: Title: 1pt. Number of words:5pt.s Paragraphing:6pt.s Grammar: 6 points Essay: 1-10 pt rating given by students for persuasivness/no instructor input for this rating. The essay is meant to presaude peers only Total Points
Number of the topics categorized 1-6pt.s
Topic categorization in agreement with the stories
Number of words:5pt.s
Grammar: 6 points
1-10 pt rating given by students for persuasivness/no instructor input for this rating. The essay is meant to presaude peers only
From this lesson should learn that:
A personal position (or thesis) that may be conveyed to others in a persausive agrument, and which is based on considering data from a range sociological sources, has increased value whether meaning is derived from simulated or real-world presenations. This type of "Critical thinking" is a valuable social skill.
Educational Origami. wikispace
History of the "Red Mendelsohn" Stradivarius by Suzanne Marcus Fletcher, Elizabeth Pitcairn Productions, 2010
The Red Violin, a film by Francois Girard, Lion's Gate Entertainment, 1998